Category Archives: Sports

[Updated x2] Wikipedia Entry of Cardinals Vandalized, Hits Search Engine Descriptions

UPDATE: Bing’s description has been updated as of 1:47pm EST, and the offending language (presumably via a Wikipedia entry that was edited) is now gone.

UPDATE 2 (below): Google is now hit as of 4:12pm EST.

A tipster who uses Bing suggested I check out the description of the Saint Louis Cardinals they’re currently running.

It appears that it’s based off of the wikipedia page for the Cardinals, which was likely defamed.

Bing, though, apparently hasn’t caught on, and is running this:

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A close up:

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Update 2: Apparently Google is hit with this, too. (h/t Kelly Cohen)

 

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Obama Picks Louisville Over SLU

Sorry liberal Billikens … President Obama has predicted the Louisville Cardinals will defeat the Billikens and go on to the Final Four.

I hope you’ll defy the President and cheer on the Billikens to victory.

Let’s Go Bills!

UPDATE: NCAA picks: Saint Louis over Louisville in the Midwest

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The Spirit of Saint Louis

The best write up by far of the Saint Louis University Billikens and their majestic season so far appeared today in the New York Times. Go read it.

My favorite part of Greg Bishop’s excellent story:

They learned of his death after the first December practice, carried the coffin at his funeral and honored his legacy by securing the No. 1 seed in this week’s Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They think of him when they eat Italian food or execute perfect backdoor cuts. They remember the laughter, the perpetual food stains, the presence.

It feels like he is still around. The spirit of St. Louis.

Since SLU has not really made any good wallpapers that I’ve seen, I made this one. Feel free to download and use it if you’d like. Click the image for a full-size.

 

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Billikens Win A-10

Congrats to my Alma Mater on winning the regular season championship for the Atlantic 10.

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Win or Lose, Mainly Lose: My Fantasy Sports Retirement Manifesto

About a decade ago, I had a brief love of auto racing, and by brief, I mean a matter of a weekend or two. At the same time, Yahoo! Sports had just started to run the fantasy sports field, and I was intrigued

by what Fantasy Sports were all about: at that point mainly spreadsheets and dropdown menus. So I signed up for a NASCAR fantasy driver league. Well, my infatuation with NASCAR lasted all of two weekends, and so did that fantasy league.

A few years later, a couple of fraternity brothers and I joined a football league that was based in Gainesville, Florida — as the Commissioner and most of the players attended the University of Florida. This was my first foray into the “real” smack talking, chat room using, relationship-destroying world that is fantasy football.

I still didn’t get it.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do terribly for my first time, finishing mid-pack in the 10 team league. I just didn’t really have a clue what I was doing. I didn’t understand how the waiver wire worked, or why I couldn’t drop certain players. So, I plodded along making after-the-fact moves, and not really wanting to break my team up (after all, I was their coach).

After 6+ years of fantasy football, all I can really say is that I am terrible at it, and still haven’t really learned how work the waiver wire, use my IR spots, and use QB/WR tandems to your advantage. Why is this, you ask? Well, mainly… I just don’t care. I am not one to spend all of my time watching SportsCenter for all the latest news. I have no desire to get up and watch NFL Network at 8:00am central time on a Sunday.

It’s funny though, my last year in that Florida league? I actually won the thing. How? I really couldn’t tell you.

There were also short affairs with fantasy hockey and fantasy baseball. I know nothing about hockey, and I really don’t care to learn. That’s not to say I dislike the sport, but I’ve never been one for cold weather. Baseball on the other hand, I played at a fairly competitive level, coach at the youth and high school levels, know plenty of the game’s history and roots, traditions, strategy, and superstitions. I can explain the infield fly rule in depth, and argue the strengths and weaknesses of small ball, to the power game. I can talk about arm slot, blocking techniques, and hitting drills. In other words, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on the game itself.

Despite all this, I’m still terrible at fantasy baseball.

I’m going to say something heretical here: Fantasy Baseball is BORING. Baseball itself is nuanced and filled with tension. Fantasy baseball is filled with… you guessed it: spreadsheets and dropdown menus. For all those guys that are so fanatical about fantasy baseball, this is my advice. Go to a batting cage and hit some balls, play catch with your kid (hell, anybody).

Back to my point, I am retiring from fantasy sports. I will no longer be sucked in by the digital version of my friends sitting at a sports bar berating them for starting Bradford over Flacco, or get pissed that I lost by .5 on a recount Tuesday morning when the final scores come out. I will not care if Yadier Molina takes the sure out at first on a bunt instead of initiating the double play. I am going to sit back and enjoy my sports and watch when I want, and not watch when I don’t, not feeling obligated to do research on a 2nd string catcher from AAA Durham because some guy on the Big Club goes down.

And hockey? I guess I will watch, when they are not locked out, boycotting, or doing whatever it is the NHL does to keep hockey from actually going on.

Joe LaMonica lives in Saint Louis

CrashedIce = New Favorite Sport

This weekend, my good friend Peter was in town visiting. We had some down time before dinner with his girlfriend and decided to relax with some television. This came on and we couldn’t relax because, well, it was freaking awesome.

If this sport existed back in my hockey days, I definitely would have tried it.

Bomblecast #19 — Notre Dame & ‘Bama, the BCS, and the NHL

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In this podcast, we reference Sonny Bunch’s blog and his piece at The Weekly Standard from 2006. Hondo’s piece about the national championship game will appear on ClotureClub.com in the coming days.

Here’s Episode #19:

Some Brief Thoughts on the Redskins Loss

  • This wasn’t a failure of defense so much it was a failure on offense. The Redskins more or less give up about 20 points a game, they gave up 24 last night, all of them unanswered for three consecutive quarters. That is an offensive problem, not a defensive problem.
  • The Redskins need somebody who can snap. RG III’s leg injury was because of a bad snap. Which turned into a fumble. Which meant points. Kirk Cousins didn’t perform terribly given the circumstances, but he, too, was given a terrible snap that cost precious yards.
  • This Dr. Andrews character sounds like he really covered his ass before tonight’s game. And no, I don’t believe the people who claim Dr. Andrews got under RG III’s skin and caused him to perform poorly. His 1Q performance was just fine, it was just the rest of the game where he sucked.
  • Maybe losing to the Browns in the second to last week might have kept RG III’s leg healthy for next year?
  • The “should RG III have played” debate will be annoying and last pretty much all off-season.

Until next year.

Catholic Colleges Contemplate Forming Collegiate CYO

Tonight, friend of the blog Cowboy Diplomacy (CD) shared this link with me. It seems seven Catholic schools in the Big East are contemplating taking their ball and forming a new league. Their own collegiate version of a CYO, if you will.

ESPN reports:

The seven Catholic schools in the Big East have agreed to leave the conference and are debating the process of departing the league, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

How DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova leave the Big East is still undetermined.

The presidents are expected to issue a statement on their schools’ future in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Interesting. At first glance, I suggested to CD that I am not sure this is the world’s greatest idea. After all, who would want to watch an all-Catholic conference? Doesn’t it sort of limit the exposure of Catholic colleges to the tournament if a lot of them join this conference? CD disagreed:

It makes sense. College basketball is a great product. And, it’s TV money. Bring those basketball schools in to a conference together and give a grant of rights

Admittedly, I could care less about the Big East. It’s just not my conference. I tend to follow Big 10 football and A10 basketball & soccer, and that’s pretty much it. I asked if SLU and other non-Big East Catholic schools might join. CD didn’t know SLU was Catholic, which I found amusing.

ESPN answered:

[Notre Dame coach Mike] Brey also said the discussion among the Catholic schools was to make it a national Catholic conference with Xavier, Saint Louis, Dayton, Creighton, Gonzaga and possibly Saint Mary’s, as well.

Ah, would there be a Catholic Sports Network? What would play in the off hours? EWTN? Top 10 Mass moments? St. Vincent de Paul infomercials?

The question on everyone’s mind is — would Pope Benedict XVI be the commish? He is Pope after all.

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I hear there is big money in TV networks & rights these days — but who would subscribe if it wasn’t part of a comprehensive sports package?CD suggested maybe a network would pick it up. Who? To be sure, these are some decent sized markets.

I’m not sure. I guess we’ll see in the next 24-48 hours what happens. Should be interesting.bsig

The Business of SLU Basketball