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  1. 5 points
    Wideleft

    US Politics

    Americans must accept that none of these things ever happened By Dana Milbank Columnist June 3 at 7:12 PM Oh no, he didn’t. I believe President Trump when he says “I never called Meghan Markle ‘nasty.’ ” I believe him even though Britain’s Sun newspaper published an interview with Trump the day before in which he referred to the Duchess of Sussex with that very word — and even though the Sun has a recording. Likewise, I believed Trump when he visited Britain last year and said “I didn’t criticize the prime minister” – even though the Sun also had a recorded interview of him that time, criticizing Prime Minister Theresa May. And I am fully prepared to believe Trump tomorrow if he says “I never called Sadiq Khan a ‘stone cold loser’ ” — even though Trump, landing in Britain on Monday, called the London mayor just that in a tweet that misspelled Khan’s name and also mocked him for being short. I believe all this and more because the alternative is unthinkable: that our great nation inflicted on the world a president who is, well, a stone cold loser, boorish and ignorant. Therefore I plan to do as Trump does: live today as if yesterday never happened. But it’s not enough to imagine away this week’s name-calling. To preserve national dignity, Americans must accept that none of the following ever happened: Trump did not shove the prime minister of Montenegro and he didn’t declare that he “fell in love” with the dictator of North Korea. He didn’t hang up on the Australian prime minister, nor attack the pope on Twitter. He didn’t use a phony accent to imitate the Indian prime minister, nor make fun of Chinese leaders’ eyewear. He didn’t refer to African nations and Haiti as “shithole countries.” At no time did Trump confuse the Baltics with the Balkans. Never did he tastelessly comment on the French first lady’s body. He certainly did not invent the country of “Nambia,” nor did he boast about selling Norway a fighter jet that only exists in a computer game. He didn’t mispronounce Nepal as “nipple.” Under no circumstance did Trump assert that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea,” nor did he believe North Korea’s dictator over Japan’s prime minister. He most definitely did not land in Israel and announce: “We just got back from the Middle East.” He didn’t skip a visit to a U.S. military cemetery in France because of a little rain. He didn’t accept Vladimir Putin’s word over that of U.S. intelligence, and when told “do not congratulate” Putin on his rigged election victory, he did not congratulate. He didn’t refer to Brussels as a “hellhole” nor assert that “Belgium is a beautiful city.” And spellingthe British prime minister’s name as that of a British porn actress? Never happened. His administration didn’t confuse Singapore with Indonesia and China with Taiwan, nor misidentify the Australian prime minister, nor misspell “Denmark.” Not once did Trump vow to “promote the possibility of lasting peach” in the Middle East. Trump simply did not advise the French to dump water on Notre Dame Cathedral from the sky, nor did he claim that Finland avoids fires by “raking” forests. He didn’t fabricate trade figures in talks with the Canadian prime minister. Neither did he falsely accuse South Africa of “large scale killing” of farmers, nor volunteer any thoughts, ever, on “what happened last night in Sweden.” Trump, furthermore, did not sign the guest book at Israel’s Holocaust memorial with the words “so amazing.” He didn’t pull his name from a Group of Seven communique. He didn’t take a limousine and a golf cart instead of walking with other world leaders at summits. He didn’t struggle with a group handholding exercise in Manila, his knuckles didn’t whiten in the grip of Emmanuel Macron, and Melania Trump did not swat his hand away on the tarmac in Tel Aviv. Furthermore, Trump did not reveal secret Israeli intelligence to Russia. He didn’t accuse Germany of being “totally controlled by Russia.” He didn’t taunt the French over street protests, attack the idea of NATO, use an all-caps tweet to threaten Iran with annihilation, hail “fantastic” strongmen nor pine for the reign of Moammar Gaddafi. Fortunately, it has all been a misunderstanding. For if an American president had actually done even a fraction of the above, it would be an indelible national disgrace.
  2. 4 points
    Mr Dee

    2019 Main Training Camp

    Coach’s Show - June 3 Typical show. Centre battle is close - Michael Couture, Cody Speller. Desjarlais and Gray...playing well. Looking nasty. Foketi - hopeful that he’ll be in their plans. 👁‍🗨Myself, I don’t see it. Thompkins - Just hard to get a hold of him. 👁‍🗨I think he’s gone. Eli - picking up the game very well after sitting out a year. “Lot of upside on players. Be very hard to keep them all. For now, and the building a future roster.” - O’Shea Bye week in second week allows decisions to allow nicked up players to heal another week with their present roster. 👁‍🗨In case there’s any doubt.. “It’s Nichols team. Streveler will play a huge part for this team.” Bennett and McGuire will play Thursday. Key areas to focus on Thursday- o-line, dbs, receivers, QB.
  3. 4 points
    bustamente

    US Politics

    This sums up Trump
  4. 3 points
    Brandon

    GDT Tiger-Cats @ RedBlacks

    He played in the final week of the season in a garbage game ? Aside from that he had 6 games where he had only zero or one completions? He had only 39 pass attempts with Ottawa and 29 with Winnipeg the season before.... hardly more of an opportunity.
  5. 3 points
    Mark F

    US Politics

    Waiting to see your proof of Democrats flooding the vote with non eligible paid off voters. Should be coming today right?
  6. 3 points
    Wideleft

    US Politics

    Clinton- yes and if the case reopens to find Clinton raped underage women, the full weight of the law should come down on him. Same with Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, Donald Trump and anyone else. Don't know where you got Podesta, but the only people claiming that are QAnon (which makes a lot sense when I reflect on all your posts). You know who really looked the other way on this? Try Epstein's lawyers: Alan Dershowitz (you'll note he's implicated as a suspect as well), Ken Starr and Gerald Lefcourt. For those who don't know Gerald Lefcourt, he married into the Sackler family (Purdue Pharma) who now have 36 states suing them over their aggressive marketing and distribution of oxycontin (they own Oxycontin!) without proper oversight. It's a real den of snakes here. Oh oh oh - one more thing. The U.S. State Attorney of South Florida that bypassed normal legal processes to give Epstein a sweet hush hush deal is Alex Acosta, current Secretary of Labour for Donald Trump. Talk about looking the other way. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa5zyv/the-jeffrey-epstein-story-is-fanning-the-flames-of-far-right-pedophilia-panic The Jeffrey Epstein Story Is Fanning the Flames of Far-Right Pedophilia Panic https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a12775932/sackler-family-oxycontin/ The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis
  7. 3 points
    17to85

    US Politics

    Whataboutism right on cue.
  8. 3 points
    rebusrankin

    2019 Main Training Camp

    I thought the first thing Bomber fans talked about was how much of a turnaround Willie Jefferson had made in his life the past few months.
  9. 2 points
    do or die

    2019 Main Training Camp

    Who cares
  10. 2 points
    wanna-b-fanboy

    US Politics

    Nice guide, good read for those that want a bit of clarification from "legalese". Guide to the Mueller Report’s Findings on “Collusion” "What follows is a detailed guide to the Mueller Report’s evidence on collusion. The analysis discusses affirmative evidence and countervailing evidence in the Report, references the Special Counsel’s court filings and reliable news reports that help shed additional light on information in the Report, and identifies significant loose ends that the investigation was unable to answer." https://www.justsecurity.org/63838/guide-to-the-mueller-reports-findings-on-collusion/
  11. 2 points
    Mark F

    US Politics

    Didn't know about that till I read this: A George Nader Primer: I had no idea. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/
  12. 2 points
    SpeedFlex27

    GDT Tiger-Cats @ RedBlacks

    If as you say that he wasn't given enough reps to make a meaningful evaluation when he played here then how can you say he's above average?
  13. 2 points
    wanna-b-fanboy

    2019 Main Training Camp

    I thought they would be on the field at the same time. Nichols to Matthews was supposed to be THE thing this year.
  14. 2 points
    JCon

    GDT Tiger-Cats @ RedBlacks

    We're there in week 4. I'm not sure if we'll need to show blitz on every play, as our front 4 may be able to get to him anyhow, but I would certainly consider it. It would keep him on his toes watching for a combination of Bighill, Jeffcoat, Jefferson, etc. coming in for the hit. Never mind the interior guys who should be able to push through too.
  15. 2 points
    FrostyWinnipeg

    Around The NHL 2018/2019

    Ship. im surprised they got anything for a UFA. Major win! Next deadline they'll be looking for another 2nd line center 🙄
  16. 2 points
    Tracker

    GDT Tiger-Cats @ RedBlacks

    I believe this is an example of "damning with faint praise".
  17. 2 points
    Mr Dee

    2019 Main Training Camp

    Chris Streveler Fleet-footed Bombers’ sophomore Streveler working on becoming well-rounded quarterback.. “I definitely don’t ever go into a play thinking, ‘OK, I’m gonna run it on this play,’” Streveler said. “You’ve got to go through your reads and then if things break down, it’s definitely a tool that you have in your toolbox. If things don’t look right or things are breaking down, you can incorporate that into your game.” “I’m never saying on any particular play, ‘I can’t wait to run.’ You’re a quarterback and however you can put a drive together and move the ball, that’s your job.” While Streveler says he doesn’t want to “overuse or rely” on his scrambling ability, O’Shea doesn’t see that as an issue. “I think he’s pretty damn good,” O’Shea said. “His style of play and his game are very effective for him and for us. If it was a case where he’s missing touchdowns all over the field, you would show him those and he would learn from them, but that’s not the case. He’s gained enough experience to know the times to stand in and throw and the times to take off and go. He’s very effective in that regard.” https://winnipegsun.com/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-bluebombers/fleet-footed-bombers-sophomore-streveler-working-on-becoming-well-rounded-quarterback#click=https://t.co/kLUBoLX9EX 👁‍🗨Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Streveler this year with a particular set of plays designed with him in mind..
  18. 2 points
    Mark F

    2019 Main Training Camp

    Low bar
  19. 2 points
    bigg jay

    2019 Main Training Camp

    He was the 5th ranked OL in his draft year... just because he didn't pan out, it doesn't mean it was a bad pick.
  20. 1 point
    Goalie

    2019 Main Training Camp

    IMO Thompkins is easily replaceable. We need to find our own zylstra or guy like that... Thompkins was never gonna be that guy.
  21. 1 point
    Nickthesizz

    2019 Main Training Camp

    there's probably more than enough money to go around. Kenbrell's 60k a year is probably peanuts to when AB is giving him to train with him.
  22. 1 point
    Mark F

    US Politics

    The stupidest thing about the right wing clinton hatred, is that , other than his folksy image, he is/ was a leading neo liberal. In other words, right wing. When you're screwing your supporters, got to at least give them someone to hate in exchange for their cheaply bought vote.
  23. 1 point
    Nickthesizz

    2019 Main Training Camp

    I saw some videos of Kenbrell hanging out with Antonio Brown this offseason. Seems like both of those dudes have lost their damn minds.
  24. 1 point
    Brandon

    2019 Main Training Camp

    Just hard to get a hold of Thompkins? I don't understand how this can be used as an excuse? Unless the guy is a hippy like Tom Canada and off the grid I don't get it?
  25. 1 point
    Brandon

    Around The NHL 2018/2019

    Because they were a cup contender? One of the favorites to win before the season started.
  26. 1 point
    FrostyWinnipeg

    Around The NHL 2018/2019

    And they offer chance to play with his bro. RANT: Can't believe how many peeps on the Freep site thought the Jets were a Cup contender this year.
  27. 1 point
    Arnold_Palmer

    2019 Main Training Camp

    Looking forward to seeing more of Bennett and McGuire battling for that third QB position. Obviously Bennett has the experience but both looked more than capable last Friday. QB depth like the o-line can change in an instant and having guys that can be counted upon to play is important.
  28. 1 point
    Doublezero

    GDT Tiger-Cats @ RedBlacks

    Based on his stats from last year with the Redblacks when he played in 8 games. More opportunity there than he ever had here. His completion percentage and QB efficiency rating from 2018 was higher than Streveler, Collaros, Pipkin, Jeff Matthews and even BLM. Plus, Davis can take off and run very effectively. That's what I like about him, he's a mobile QB who can only get better with more game time reps. I think he's exciting to watch. Just my opinion but now that he's the starter for them, lets wait and see
  29. 1 point
    Mark H.

    3 stars plus hh first pre season game.

    Das Blutbad
  30. 1 point
    JCon

    2019 CFL Season: Around the League

    My god, a Rider game at 3? They're going to drive people away from the CFL in droves.
  31. 1 point
    JCon

    Around The NHL 2018/2019

    1st and top prospect, I think.
  32. 1 point
    17to85

    GDT Tiger-Cats @ RedBlacks

    Davis kind of strikes me as a qb who can be thrown off by a lot of pressure. I think that'd be my plan until he shows that he can make plays in the face of pressure. Just keep coming after him.
  33. 1 point
    wanna-b-fanboy

    US Politics

    Yeah- it's pretty crazy- the pedophile is linked to some serious big hitters in the "Grand Bargain": MSZ (The main guy in all this) MSB,
  34. 1 point
    Bubba Zanetti

    2019 CFL Season: Around the League

    IIRC he refused a PR spot with us. Would have been a great opportunity for him to learn behind one of the greats... Hindsight...
  35. 1 point
    I'd rather see Jones at S than Hecht. Thought Jones was better. A late Ackie signing would be a nice add though, like an early Festivus.
  36. 1 point
    Brandon

    GDT Tiger-Cats @ RedBlacks

    3 seasons and couldn't get play time....
  37. 1 point
    Tracker

    2019 Main Training Camp

    I'm good with this.
  38. 1 point
    gcn11

    GDT Pre-season Game 1 - Edmonton at Bombers

    Anyone expecting crisp. precision play in pre-season, obviously forgot that it's pre-season. There was very little useful information about most of our players to the untrained eye.
  39. 1 point
    C. Nelson gets things off on the right foot.....with nice kickoff return.... Streveler puts up long sideline pass....Whitehead stops on pass that should of been.... Whitehead has nice punt return. Good wheels..... KR competition..... off to interesting start.... Streveler has no one open.....so barrels down the middle, for big gain.... Harris stuffed on 2nd carry. Harris needs to leave this game soon. Pass pro for the Blue.....could be better Medlock pounds 47 yd FG Kligore competing some balls for the Esks.... Esks DB's providing some tight coverage..... Some nice ST work by Mike Jones...... Alexander, Fenner and Sayles show good closing speed in the back.... Bomber's vanilla D, getting poked a bit, here Fenner stuffs hitch pass in the red zone Stafford hooked on way to endzone.....officials miss the call.... So, Maas challenges it and gets the reversal. Ball on the 1. But, Esk QB fumbles the sneak....Wingman Jefferson recovers... Streveler finally gets completion, then a end run for 17... Medlock hitting some nice punts.... M. Jones beaten badly on play action, but breaks up under-throw.... Jones then knocks ball loose from receiver on 2nd down Jones then goes back.... to return the punt for 15 Busy series for Mr. Jones. Bennett in at QB...hits Lawler twice....and both incomplete Medlock drills 45 yd FG...makes it look pretty easy Mike Jones keeping busy ......with another ST tackle Bennett looking pretty good in the pocket Too many drops by the heralded Bomber R group, so far Bomber pass pro looking better, this quarter The soon to be cut Jake Thomas....gets a sack Nice punt catch and return by Nelson.. McGuire draws in at QB B. Oliveira's first carry is a nice 15 yards up the gut McGuire makes a couple of nice throws Thed The Hansen... strikes a blow on ST's.... Mike Jones having a good nite...... ...until he lets punt bounce, then fumbles return.... ...om Bomber 12. With 18 seconds left in half... But, Jeffcoat knocks down 2nd down pass..... Esks settle for 19 yd FG....to close out the half. Nick Temple makes nice tackle on screen play.... Bombers take back to back penalties..... ...then Esks take them back to back to back.... Typical X game stuff....indeed.... Less vanilla and more pressure from Blue D. Santiago first carry for 5. Petermann grabs 2 in a row.... Bennett completes to Walker and Hazel Looking better as he goes along Whitehead runs PR back and forth 30 yards.... ...for a net gain of 5. A. McCalister trucks an OL and gets big sack.... ...forcing a conceded Esks safety. Bombers up 10-3 Larry Rose gets into the return act with a nice KR... Esks take an IC, then offside penalty... to keep a drive alive.. Gabriel Amaavizca Ortiz makes them pay with 36 yd field goal Germans? Mexicans? What's next? Esk KR busts open ensuing kickoff....and is going for 6... ...but run down on good hustle play by Dylan Schrot.... Hansen continuing to strike blows for the Fatherland, on ST's.... As Bombers take another step towards world domination.... Edmonton drives into the red zone..... ....but 2 receivers can't hold on to the ball in the endzone Turnover on downs, Bomber ball. Some igloo dude goes a mile offside... then roughs the QB. That will look even worse on film.... McGuire looking pretty good....but drops and sack holding him back.... Steven Richardson sacks O'Brian Esks take their 3rd time count violation on punt plays.... Another good punt return by Nelson....shifty and quick..... GAO does not have a lot of pop, in his punting leg... If you are a fan of punting....this one's for you.. Jones lets another punt fall in front of him...but pretty good return.... Bombers running the 3rd stringers on OL...tough sledding for the backs. Lucky W. finding out that it is not that easy, taking the corner in the CFL... Last 3 minutes with bench guys and cannon fodder galore... Clock stopped. Too bad. Bennett throws deep to Schrot.....who turns the wrong way.... ...then the right way, juggles the ball and holds it to finish 50 TD play. Bomber bench erupts, and Schrot is literally carried off the field.... ....to complete a unforgettable first catch of his career. 20-3 Moes in 3 down mode....Maas calls a timeout with 1:10 left .....thanks. Home game #490 is in the books.... Gin #whatever is in the glass....
  40. 1 point
    We had a time where we didn't play our starter (Pierce) simply, because we were afraid the other team would blitz. Kind of set the tone for the rest of that season.....
  41. 1 point
    TrueBlue4ever

    Upcoming Movies

    So, what are you saying?
  42. 1 point
    Goalie

    3 stars plus hh first pre season game.

    Part of it was this was our 1st X game and Edmonton 2nd so Maas was being a **** and blitzing all game
  43. 1 point
    Lots of good picks but I think I'll give the HH to Mike O'Shea for making sure all three Rifles players got in the game and for the players making plays while in.
  44. 1 point
    I’m also fairly unimpressed with Kyrie Wilson. He’s been here three years and in spot action has never stood out. I just don’t see it happening with him, even if it’s pretty clear that he’s going to get the job regardless of performance. I’d really like to see Dale Warren get a legit shot next game.
  45. 1 point
    You sure love hyperbole. and Simonise? Potentially cut? Lmao
  46. 1 point
    Mark F

    Upcoming Movies

    I am watching the Chinese sci fi movie "wandering earth" on netflix, it's quite good..... half way through, and not one shoot out, strafing, stabbing, or explosion.
  47. 1 point
    It would be even more awesome if they used the CFL rules.....
  48. 1 point
    Not interested.
  49. 1 point
    TrueBlue4ever

    Your *HATE* goes in here

    And now, part 2: Things that may tick me off, depending on the day - Teams and Fan bases 1.0 - NY Yankees - the original mercenary team that tried to destroy a sport by outbidding everyone else and buying championships. They rate higher than the Miami Heat for doing the same things simply because their shenanigans were part of the reason the Expos are no more. 1.0 - Buffalo fans - I get it, 4 Super Bowl losses and the Brett Hull crease violation goal all suck. That misery doesn't make you special or anything. We all get our hearts torn out by sports. It's been 20 years, time to let it go (and the Hull goal was actually legit according to the rule, since he was the puck carrier). 1.0 - Winnipeg Jets/fans - Yes I love the Jets. But it's like family. You love them more than anything, but they drive you nuts at times and you want to kill them. Right now, the love-in is still super strong, with us still basking in the simple joy of having them back. There team is young, exciting, and on the rise. And for the most part, we have a great, loud, knowledgeable fan base. This hate score is pretty much based on the last 2 months. Yes, Troy Westwood, we get it, you think the team is in serious trouble, and all of us are just in denial. And for all those chicken littles, yes I get your take - you are no coach but you can tell that Maurice sucks, with his 99 point all star coach season and all, and he won't break up his two best players who only had 175 points playing together this year. But hey, I haven't heard that take in over 3 hours, please post or call in and tell me again the 89th variation of your opinion. I go back to Blake Wheeler last year when he tried to inject some reality into an overexcited fan base, I will paraphrase his quote for this year's angst-ridden mob: "We all need to pump the f***ing brakes, we haven't won lost anything yet" Coaches 1.0 - John Tortarella - better than he used to be, but even if you hate the media that much (even when you were one of them), could you at least fake it, given all the money you are being paid? Grumpy old man at 40 years old. Imagine if you had real problems. 1.0 - Bobby Knight - an über-jerk who was beyond dismissive of the media. the original "I'm the smartest guy in the room, just ask me". I imagine an alternate universe where the kid at the free throw line who had to deal with Knight throwing a chair at him walks over and decks Knight, knocking him on his stupid rear end. and dropping his ego a few thousand points in the process. 1.0 - Bill Belichick - Again, for a guy with no real problems, you sure are sour. If you are such a genius, why can't you at least pretend to be interested in attending a press conference, or at least being respectful and civil to the journalists? Speaking of the media... 1.0 - beat reporters who ask inane questions, or recite a one minute agenda-driven narrative in the guise of a question just to get an agreement from the coach or player as a "quote" from said person for their next article. Don't tell them how they feel, just ask and let them tell you themselves 2.0 (anger rising!) - athletes who don't answer questions and get into a p*ssing match with the reporter. If you don't like the public side of being a pro, then go play in beer league. But if you want your $30 million contract, then answering questions for the media and fans is part of the job. Don' t be a whiny baby. Martina Navratilova was once asked by a male reporter if she was still a lesbian. She responded by asking him back "Are you still the alternative?" If she can handle the most insensitive question ever asked with that kind of grace, then you all can do at least half as well as her and just politely answer as best you can when the reporter asks how you feel after a tough loss. The "I don't think much about this, but whenever I'm reminded of this I get mad" category 1.5 John McEnroe - I thought his superbrat phase was just limited to his playing days, but he's still a major jerk as a commentator and as a guy in general. It's like he is permanently sucking on a lemon while undergoing a root canal. If you hate people that much, get off TV, stop dragging me down into your misery ,and go be a hermit like Yoda. 1.5 - Kobe Bryant - For wrecking a team with his "me first" attitude, and for getting away with it for so long. And for paying off a sex assault victim to keep himself out of jail. 1.5 - sports agents who negotiate (and self-promote) in front of the camera more than in private. They typically are looking out for their own interests more than their clients, and annoy GMs and fan bases to no end in the process. 1.5 - Steve Fehr - Ok, he's just doing his job as a player rep, but he has left a lot of scorched earth behind during his time as head of the MLBPA. Now he's brought his act to hockey. Prepare for a two-season lockout. 1.5 - Marc Crawford - already disliked him as the Avs head coach when I cheered for the Red Wings. Then.....Nagano. Czech Republic. Shootout. Gretzky stapled to the bench. Dude should be banned from coaching at any level in this or any other lifetime for that level of idiocy. 2.0 - Leafs fans - for being corporate suits and not regular Joes at the games. For being irrelevant for 50 years yet still droning on about how great the team and your "nation" is. For your incessant whining about "93 and your faux God Gilmour and the missed high stick. 2.0 - Boston Bruins - for Tim Thomas and his smug, ultra conservative smirk and politics, for dirty rat Brad Marchand, for being from Boston 2.0 - Serena Williams - for winning more than anyone else, and still being a sore loser, then playing the race and gender cards instead of owning her temper 2.0 Roger Clemens - in the same alternate universe where the kid charges Bobby Knight, Mike Piazza charges the mound when Clemens throws a bat at him and lays waste to him like Rocky on a side of beef. 2.0 - "U.S.A., U.S.A." - it takes a special kind of arrogance to turn your country's name into a sports chant. It says something that the phrase "Ugly American" is commonplace but "ugly Spaniard" or "Ugly Norwegian" or "Ugly [insert any other country in the world]" doesn't exist, no? 2.0 - Don King - behind the smirking face and used car salesman buffoonery of this human troll doll lies a man who actually killed another guy, and should be doing multiple life sentences for all sorts of crimes. Hate lowered since he (like boxing) has fallen off the map The "Hope I don't have sharp objects on me if you want to debate the following" group 3.0 - Boston Red Sox - for trading Babe Ruth, for employing Ty Cobb - the all-time dirtiest player ever, for decrying the Yankees and their mercenary style of buying championships, and then becoming exactly that themselves, for Pedro Martinez throwing a 72 year old man to the ground, and beaking of about it afterwards (in my alternate universe the basketball kid jumps out of the stands to hold him down while Piazza lays waste to him with a broken baseball bat like DeNiro in "The Untouchables") 3.0 - O.J. Simpson - if I really need to say why, then welcome back to earth after your alien abduction 25 years ago. Only the karmic payback of his overly long robbery sentence keeps this number down. 4.0 - Edmonton Oilers - for breaking the Jets hearts forever in the '80's. For their bandwagon fans today who wear orange and blue to Jets' games and declare their fandom, but couldn't identify anyone on the team between the end of the Messier and the start of the McDavid years (not even Captain Canada Ryan Smyth) if asked, or who will proclaim that if McDavid isn't the best player in hockey history, he for sure is the best Oiler ever. For being gifted the top draft choice year after year and still being incapable of building a competitive AHL team, and then trading away all that talent to ensure they get another first overall draft pick. 4.0 - MLB players and owners - "Sports is heartbreak, and you are owed nothing". So was the argument someone had with me once when I said I was owed a championship season. Normally, I could agree with this sentiment, but in this case the championship I was owed was the 1994 Expos. It's one thing to lose a game 7, or blow a 4th quarter lead, or make a crucial error in the 9th inning. That is the normal heartbreak of sports. But to lose a championship because millionaires and multi-millionaires couldn't figure out how to split a billion dollar pie and quit on the fans paying the freight in the one year your favourite team finally is poised to win it all? That sucks. That the same team then gets dismantled and sold off to the highest bidders sucks more. That those same players go on to win with those other big market teams is just painful. That your team then folds due to the money grubbing politics of the sport is soul-crushing. To then wipe that season and any memory of that team from the collective memory banks of the league is just plain cruel. It took me 22 years and the Blue Jays recent run for me to actually watch a complete baseball game from start to finish again, so deep did this one cut. 4.0 - Matt Cooke - a half point of hate for every player's career he ended and every suspension he never got that he should have for his flying elbows and head shots. You don't want to know what level of payback occurs in my alternate universe. 4.5 - Lance Armstrong - not that he cheated (so many others did), not that he lied about it to cover his tracks (human nature when you want to keep everything you got as a result of your cheating - anyone would lie), but he used his money, power and influence to slander, sue and destroy the lives of so many who questioned him in an effort to cover it up. Way beyond what anyone else ever did to hide a lie. And then to go on the Oprah forgiveness tour and say "yup, I was lying all these years. Hey, sorry about that." You know, a simple "F*** you, Lance" in response just doesn't quite cut it. 5.0 - New England Patriots - Victor Kiam's "Classic b*tch" misogyny over a locker room incident. The "tuck rule" and the fraudulent Super Bowl appearance because of it. Spygate and the fraudulent Super Bowl win (maybe 3 wins) because of it. Belicheat and his sour looks. Brady's phony all-American charm (just ask his pregnant girlfriend who he stepped out on with Gisele). Being handed a Super Bowl when Atlanta forgot how to run out the clock up by 25. Being handed a Super Bowl when Seattle forgot how to run, period. Aaron Hernandez. Caveman Gronk. For being so damn good and giving an insufferable fan base a reason to be even more insufferable. Robert Kraft and his massage parlour. Deflategate. But most of all, getting caught cheating time and again and playing the victim card each time. Woe is you indeed. Jackasses. 5.0 - Ray Lewis - May have committed a murder. Probably aided and abetted a murder. Definitely helped cover up a murder, but his conviction for obstruction seems hollow. And yet he still got to play in 2 Super Bowls after that, and is still employed as a TV talking head, talking about his faith and preaching tolerance and goodness and belief in the Lord. Let's hope the Lord has a few things to say in response come Judgement Day when Ray goes to meet his maker. 5.0 - NFL owners - for turning a blind eye to concussions that are killing players. For turning a blind eye to social justice and siding with Donald Trump in colluding and blackballing Coilin Kaepernick. 5.0 - Boston fans - ESPN writer and Boston native Bill Siimons once wrote about tortured fan bases and how irritating it was when those fans thought it made them special. So take what I said about Buffalo fans and multiply by about 1 million for Boston fans. You’d think the Curse of the Bambino was the Holocaust the way Red Sox fans carried on. “No team ever suffered heartbreak like the Bosox. Losing game 7 in ‘75 after the greatest game ever ending with Carlton Fisk’s homer. Bucky f***ing Dent and those stupid Yankees. Aaron Boone. Bill Buckner and the most devastating loss a team has ever suffered. That game was ours!!!!”. Now add the groaning of Celtic fans and their conspiracies about the refs handing bad calls to the Lakers or those cheap shot artists the Pistons in the’80’s and 90’s. Bruins fans and the phantom “too many men - last call in the Forum always goes to the Habs” B. S. Patriots fans and their self-righteous “We’ve persevered in spite of Goodell trying to take us down” And how have these poor, hard-done by fans survived such atrocities? With 6 Bruins titles, 3 since 1970. 4 Red Sox titles since 2004. 6 Patriots rings since 2002. 17 Celtic banners including 8 in a row and 6 since 1974. 12 championships for the city since the turn of the century. And as insufferable as they were as sore losers, they are twice as nauseating as sore winners. I don’t like them. 5.0 - Blue Bombers/fans - The opposite of love is not hate. They are simply opposite ends of the spectrum of the same emotion (passion). No, the opposite of love (or hate) is indifference. And I am far from indifferent about the Bombers. So along with a lot of love comes a big dose of hate for the things about this team and it’s fans that irk me. Earl Lunsford’s failures. Brock dissing everything in the city, save for the zoo. Laying an egg against the Argos in 1987. 68-7 loss to Edmonton because they forgot to pack good shoes. Reinbold and his exorcisms. West-wide and the mail-it-in job in 2001. Unfinished Business x 18. Joe Mack. Joe Mack. Joe Mack. 52-0. Mike Kelly and your mom’s basement. Being asked in 2014 if I was going to renew my season tickets for the 33rd straight year and saying yes, “but I’m starting to feel like a sucker”. The shrug from the Bomber rep that followed that comment. 22 year drought. 29 year drought. This is not an exhaustive list. But even more hate for those fans who throw out the constant negativity, even during (especially during) the high points. Who always love the back-up QB more. Who want every coach fired after year one. Heck, after every loss (I have a self-imposed 48 hour ban after a home loss on visiting this board so I can tune out the “sky-is-falling” crowd). For bashing other fan bases and the blindly displaying the exact same behaviour here. For the buffoonery of snowball fights, tent tear downs, beer can throwing, scraps with police in the stands, and attacking players on the field, all of which gives a black eye to the entire fan base. But most of all, I hate that I care so much, and that I keep coming back for more. But hate and love are the same emotion, so I look forward to loving again. 6.0 - Barry Bonds - SI writer Rick Reilly once made a list of the 5 biggest jerks in sports he ever met. Bonds was in 3 of his top 4 positions. Bob Costas said before his first encounter “I’d heard the stories, and wanted to give him a fair shake. So I was prepared to try and like him more than most said I would. I left that first encounter disliking him even more than the worst anyone had ever told me about.” The most arrogant, selfish, fat-headed (literally), me-first cheater punk to ever play the game. I am convinced he is now being kept out of the Hall of Fame as much for being a total d*ck to the media, whose votes he now needs, as for any steroid usage, and the schaudenfraude in me smiles at that thought. Watch how little his own teammates celebrated with him when he broke the home run records. They hated him. And he preferred the spotlight to himself anyway, so he was happy not to share the stage. And he let a friend rot in prison rather than own up to his obvious cheating. 7.0 - The myth of Tiger Woods - I don’t have a problem with Woods himself (his affairs are probably to closest to being a human as Mr. Robot has ever gotten) as much as I do with the fawning media coverage of him. If I had been taken away from a real life at age 2 and taught nothing other than how to golf, I bet I’d be world class too. And this is not hubris. Unlike basketball, where being 5’10” and white is a genetic disadvantage no matter how hard I practice, golf is an Everyman sport. Don’t believe me? Look at a photo of that physical specimen John Daly and remind yourself he had 2 major titles. But the media wanted a messiah and turned Woods into their God, lapping up his phony humility and making him bigger than he was (not just the best in the game, not just the best ever, but the greatest, most focussed, mentally tough, MOST everything guy on the planet), and shoved it down our throats. Then the PGA got in on the act, “Tiger-proofing” courses by making them longer and actually making things easier for him by eliminating half the field who couldn’t hit as far as him but could keep up on the greens. Then they tore him down - hard. And revelled in his collapse without once acknowledging their own hypocrisy in creating the false idol. Now they are desperate to have him climb the mountain again, and proclaim that he’s back every week when it is just wishful thinking. Here’s a fun game. Get a stopwatch on a golf tournament and see what percentage of air time goes to Tiger vs. The Field. Bet it’s close to 50% for the week. Then see if he’s better than a 42nd place finish, which we’ll hear more about than the guy who finished 2nd. There’s a world of great golfers out there, maybe cover them too. I feel better. I’m going to go take my Xanax now.
  50. 1 point
    TrueBlue4ever

    Your *HATE* goes in here

    Well, here we go, and there's a lot of hate to go around. As a wise man once said: Don't know if the following rant will be of any entertainment value to any of you, but my therapist says it should do me a world of good. For starters: People/things I should hate but don't Darian Durant - jerk move, but him leaving freed up cash and landed us Bighill, so the love points balance out the hate. I'm good with it. Gary Bettman - Phoenix and Florida are flops and Carolina is pretty poor (chalk a lot of that up to lousy arena locations as much as anything), but hockey is big in the non-traditional markets of Dallas, San Jose, Nashville, and Tampa Bay, and he had the foresight to beat the NFL into Vegas, which has become a hockey mad town. And he let the Jets back in the sandbox, so hard to hate on that. PK Subban - rival we boo because he's a bit of a diva, a diver, a bit chippy, and a self-promoter. But mostly because he is really good. Plus he donated $10 million of his salary to a children's hospital, and his self-promotion is as much about growing the game as his own brand. Actually a pretty classy guy with the fans - grudging respect for a guy we'd adore if he was a Jet. Rod Black - He's a hyper broadcaster with a penchant for goofy nicknames, which rubs many the wrong way. And his interview skills can be downright embarrassing. But it's all in service of selling the CFL. He is an ardent booster, and does not play favorites. He likes to sell the players as stars as well as promote the teams, which is how the NFL broadcasts have always done it. Can appreciate what he is trying to do if not a fan of how it comes across on the TV. I have no issue with him. Flame away. Saskatchewan Roughriders fans - Hey, stop throwing things at me! I know I am in the severe minority, but simply put, I don't waste any time going to their message board to listen to their chatter about how they get screwed over, that they are owed respect, that they are the greatest team ever, or whatever else most on this board tell me they are up to. I can't be bothered to care. They are die-hard fans who are one of the strongest franchise models in the CFL and support their team through thick and thin in a community model that encompasses the whole province. And I personally have never had an issue with any of them at a Banjo Bowl, Labour Day game of otherwise. hey have always been courteous and welcoming to me when I have been the same to them. Bitter rivals for sure, but no personal animosity. My list (subject to change over time): The mild annoyances - 0.25 - Paul Edmonds as a hockey play-by-play guy - too wordy for a fast sport like hockey. Was perfect for baseball and the storytelling it requires. Would be better as an analyst. 0.25 - Dallas Cowboys - no real hate, but as a Niners fan this is kind of a lifetime achievement award. Makes for fun dinner conversation with my Texan wife. 0.5 - Miami Heat - for ruining basketball with the "buy a superteam" model which is now what all teams want to do. Fortunately, I have pretty much zero interest in basketball, so it scores low 0.5 - Buffalo Bills - for making me sit through 3 more lousy Super Bowls after they choked in the first one, and taunted America when they kept getting back there despite everyone praying for new blood. "We're Back. Deal with it, America" Best comeback to that was this sign at the Super Bowl "0-4. Deal with it, Buffalo" 0.5- Seattle Seahawks - for the L.O.B. arrogance and Richard Sherman's trash talk after knocking out my beloved Niners. For Marshawn Lynch and his "I'm here just so I won't get fined" media scrum nonsense. For Pete Carroll not running the ball and handing those stinking Patriots a Super Bowl. For thinking that neon lime green looks good in a uniform. One hate point for each, but 2 love points back for their loud fans and the ORIGINAL 12th fan claim, and retiring that jersey #12 for them, and 1.5 love points for drafting a one-armed defensive back who is a great player and a greater human being and role model. 0.5 - soccer players who dive, and the soccer refs who refuse to card them for unsportsmanlike conduct. I only care every 4 years at a World Cup. 0.5 - anthem singers who can't be bothered to learn the melody or words of the anthem they are going to sing. This is not about nervousness, You have one job! 0.5 - anthem singers who turn the song into a lounge act. Aretha Franklin once took 4 minutes, 53 seconds to sing the Star Spangled Banner. Queen of Soul, King of the World, I don't care. That is nonsense. 0.5 - The entire Sportsnet hockey panel. well, maybe just Nick Kypreos mainly. But I have a mute button on my remote, so hate is fleeting. 0.5 - Darren Dutchyshyn - I dunno, he just has that kind of punchable face, you know? And WTF is "Roof daddy????" Hear he's a bit of a hothead too, possibly because of pharmaceutical enhancements to his physique? Homer broadcasters 0.5 - Rick Jannearet (Sabres) - there's homers, there's annoying catchphrases, and there is over the top hyperactivity. He covers all the bases with a nasally high-pitched tone. But he is honest about his boosterism. Fairly innocuous. 1.0 - Johnny Most (Celtics) - this guy truly BELIEVES the world is out to get the greatest team ever, the Celtics, and worships at the altar of Larry Bird. Take it down about 5 notches, Johnny. 1.5 - Rod Peterson - a blatant homer and provocateur, the worst thing is he deep down knows this is just an act to provoke a response from haters, but he still unapologetically buys his own hype and goads those who don't get on board. More unprofessional than the blind homer. Sports parents 0.5 Bonnie Lindros - If I lived in Quebec City, would have a much higher score. Once told the Team Canada head coach "Eric has the flu, I'm sending Brett to practice instead". Since the Big E is a distant memory, most of my hate is symbolic for the "ugly generic hockey mom" 0.5 - Richard Williams - Couldn't stand his mouth or his "match-fixing" between his daughters in tennis finals, but with Venus gone and Serena alone on top, he has largely disappeared. 1.0 - Earl Woods - raised a phenom, but sad he couldn't have devoted the same time and attention to his other 4 kids or his first 3 wives. And Earl , your son's a golfer, not Jesus. Hated the branding of Tiger as the latter. Hated the media even more for lapping it up (see further down on my list). 1.5 LaVar Ball - If you run your mouth, flout college rules, say you could beat Jordan one-on-one, and boast that your kids are the next superstars of the league, then you'd better deliver. Or at least keep them from getting arrested in Asia for shoplifting and using the President to bail them out. Again, media, why do you give this clown air time? Part 2 in a bit, when I get into some more serious hatred.
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