October 20, 2017

The World Isn't ThreeSources

Y'all are going to have to up your game. A member of my überconservative Fans of Best of the Web group posts "Who here is boycotting all things NFL?"


I do give him points for using the possessive with the gerund.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:39 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

The road to hell passes through the moral high ground, apparently.

Posted by: johngalt at October 23, 2017 2:24 PM

September 29, 2017

Not For more than a day or two Longer

Interesting that National Review is having the same internecine argument as we. But I will give my pal, Jonah, QOTD for a portion of his response:

Surely, we can think of a thousand opinions that we believe to be correct. We, after all, are in the opinion business. To paraphrase Paul Newman in the Road to Perdition, "There are only opiners in this room!" But I bet we could go through that list of correct opinions and identify a very large number of them that it would be best for the president to stay quiet about.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:50 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

Consider Goldberg's main point: "Trump made the problem worse."

Trump made the problem more visible, the discussion of it louder and more impassioned, the number of players kneeling and pundits talking about it multiply, and yes, made people who were already mad at Trump more mad, but who says any of this is "worse?"

If the net result is that the natural cycle of yet one more social crisis is resolved faster, or at least made to progress further, faster, isn't that "better?"

I can't get past the notion that people who don't like Trump's style will never approve of Trump's tactics. No matter what.

Some people never liked Dirty Harry either, but he always got the bad guy.

Posted by: johngalt at September 29, 2017 3:46 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Hafta side with JK on this one: Trump took a simple problem, and exploded it all over the NFL, and perhaps beyond. "Should be fired!" is too much from the bully side of the pulpit.

He's supposed to be first and foremost, a leader. If he'd stopped with 'don't disrespect the flag', he would have kept that mantle. Now, lots of players (and owners) who don't disrespect the flag are being aligned with those who do. (the Kaepernick sleeze, who DOES disrespect all that is good and true ... when he is able to put out a cogent thought)

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 29, 2017 8:59 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Does anyone but me make any allowance for the fact that Trump's statements came at a political rally, and not from behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office? It wasn't exactly the bully pulpit.

I understand that we bourgeois types prefer a certain decorum, but the boys in the hood have more respect for a man who keeps it real.

Posted by: johngalt at September 29, 2017 11:36 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

I thought the "should be fired!" crack was a tweet. If not, he's still allowing his words to be twisted by virtue of his carelessness.

I do not think anymore that these tweets are proving he's 'crazy like a fox.'

Posted by: nanobrewer at October 1, 2017 12:56 AM
But jk thinks:

My work here is done.

Posted by: jk at October 2, 2017 11:31 AM

September 28, 2017

De-boogeymanning Trump

Trump is worse than Hitler we've been told. Can we please take a breath?

I did my thoughtful best to reply to a friend who is scared about a president who fires or threatens to fire people for not being patriotic. I think it is germane to repost it here too.

I agree that they have the freedom to kneel. I don't agree that it is a First Amendment issue, however. Those who frame it that way are relying on the assumption that the President (still not a supreme ruler despite some of the excesses we've witnessed from that office in recent decades) might use government force to have people fired, or worse. From a libertarian viewpoint, what I heard in his comment, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners ...say... he's fired" is a reminder that owners have rights, and so do fans, not just players. Freedom does not indemnify one against consequences. Or are you suggesting that, because a baker has to make and serve cakes at ceremonies he is personally opposed to, a team owner can't fire players for his own personal reasons? Where's the freedom in that?

Presidents have, in the past, actually fired government employees for protesting. President Reagan fired government air traffic controllers when they went on strike. The Republic survived. The current president isn't even doing that. Indeed, it has become much harder for presidents to fire people since then.

You mentioned earlier how our minds can be made to play tricks on us. President Trump has been called "worse than Hitler" but why? What is the argument for that? And did this horrific characterization precede the conclusions that his detractors are coming to in the wake of perfectly rational executive decisions or statements? Is it a factor in their assumption of the worst of intentions on his part?

I fully agree with you on your basic point: "I do not want my country to be one that starts to forcefully compel individuals to stand for the anthem nor to recite the pledge of allegiance." But the threats you fear are hollow in our free society, and disgrace exists only in one's heart.

I take it even further: "I do not want my country to be one that starts to forcefully compel individuals to do anything against his will." Unfortunately, we have crossed that line many times on many issues, and are much further down the slippery slope that frightens you on the issue at hand. I can't tell you how frightened I was during the previous eight years. Or, in retrospect, how much more frightened I should have been during the eight years prior to that.

What I see today is an electorate that has had enough of leaders who put "the world's" interests first. America is a nation that was founded on each individual's ability to put his own interests first. This is the complete opposite of "National Socialism" or any other form of socialism. It is individualism. President Trump was elected to return to that ideal. To "make America great again." Whether he succeeds or not, or takes the right decisions at this turn or that, is still to be seen. But I see it as an existential necessity for the Republic of the United States of America, and therefore for human freedom in the entire world - not just in our country. I'm willing to give him a pass for whipping up a patriotic frenzy amongst supporters who feel the same way.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:33 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

But I feel underrepresented in the "No Trump is not Hitler, but nor is he the reincarnation of James Madison" camp.

Posted by: jk at September 28, 2017 4:20 PM
But johngalt thinks:

That's cool - as long as you aren't afraid of the boogeyman.

Posted by: johngalt at September 28, 2017 4:33 PM

Not For a whole lot Longer

Hey, just 'cause y'all are done...

No, I found a good, temperate piece by supermind Eugene Volokh that I enjoyed reading and that served to calm me down a bit further. He is not too keen on my argument (and David French's) that the President's speech is out of First Amendment bounds:

When the statements carry a threat of governmental retaliation if the employee isn't fired, then they stop being protected and may themselves become First Amendment violations. See, e.g., Okwedy v. Molinari (2d Cir. 2003). But I haven't seen such a threat in the Trump tweets I've read, and it seems unlikely to be implicit, especially since the NFL has little legal interaction with the president.

Score one for Brother jg. But I'm going to take general points that remove it further from the context of a culture war:
It's one thing to expect someone not to express a political view while on the clock, especially if he is free to express it on his own time. It's a graver imposition, I think, to demand that the person express a political view (or be seen as expressing it), even when he is on the clock.

All and all -- unsurprisingly -- a well reasoned view.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:52 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Well, he did say the latter point was outside of the law and, therefore, his area of expertise. ;)

Whatever happened to "politics stops at the water's edge?" That is the sentiment that is represented by EVERYONE standing for the national anthem. It's not the red anthem, or the blue anthem. At least not until Colin Kapernick tried to make it that way.

I'm not here to compel anyone - just to explain. And if one-third of NFL fans want to boycott over it, hey, it's a free country.

Posted by: johngalt at September 28, 2017 4:30 PM

September 27, 2017

Not For (Much) Longer

Whip this horse once more? I've always liked Matt Labash, but as the distance between me and the staunchly neoconservative Weekly Standard has increased, I encounter him less frequently.

I'm giving him Qoute of the Day, though, both for witty language and encapsulating the problem I have with President Trump's escalation:

And yet, I flash back to F. Scott Fitzgerald's maxim that the test of a first-rate intelligence is to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time, while still detesting both of them. (I paraphrase.) For Donald Trump once again has taken a worthy idea (serving as a custodian of our patriotic sacred symbols) and sullied it with his boorish behavior, his total lack of judiciousness, his Twitter buffoonery, and his injurious choice of words. ("Get that son of a bitch off the field.")

The whole piece is very good.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:58 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

For some reason I don't feel like there's any upside to posting any more comments on this topic.

Posted by: johngalt at September 27, 2017 7:17 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I'm taking a knee in this conversation to protest the blaming of Trump for the NFL's problems.

Posted by: johngalt at September 27, 2017 11:50 PM

September 26, 2017

Not For Long

I'm promoting a comment thread to a new post. Both because I wish to add a link, and also to add the internecine category as I think I may have cheesed off Brother Keith on Facebook. Brother jg (who never gets cheesed off at me) said below "but I don't think Trump has ruined the NFL, he's just pointing out that it has been ruined."

I had given the President of the United States of America only half credit for ruining the NFL, but I am quite peeved with him. There is a dynamic of his speaking with bravado to excite his base, then his opponents overreact and act stupidly. Then the President and his base enjoy the overreaction. Lather. Rinse F'ing Repeat. (Oh, and Rant...)

This has been annoying me since Jan 20. But it had been annoying me from Monday-Friday, and a half day on Saturday. It ruined Sunday's otherwise excellent NFL lineup (Chris Collinsworth pointed that out as well). So I am bummed.

The new Link is to David French. And this or my commentary cheesed off ka. He adds one excellent point that the First Amendment does not proscribe Collin Kaepernick, but it does President Trump. I'd add that among 32 rich NFL owners, some likely have some business deal in front of the executive branch. The President would like me to fire my Left Tackle? Huh, he's on the bubble...

In the space of less than 24 hours this weekend, the president of the United States did more to politicize sports than ESPN has done in a decade of biased, progressive programming. He singled out free speech he didn't like, demanded that dissenters be fired, and then -- when it became clear that private American citizens weren't going to do what he demanded -- he urged the economic boycott of their entire industry.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:35 PM | Comments (10)
But jk thinks:

AND I LAMBASTED HIM FOR IT! If all bad executive behavior is the be permissible because one of the previous 44 did it, it's going to be a looooong few years. "Well, Jackson drove the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears; I don't see why President Trump cannot..."

Posted by: jk at September 27, 2017 10:01 AM
But johngalt thinks:

And you are perfectly welcome to lambast Trump for anything he says but the fact remains, there is no proscription in law or in tradition on the head of state weighing in, or even "issuing verdicts" on controversial issues. That was the purpose of my example. I did not make any judgment that what either of them said was right, only that they are within acceptable norms to say it.

[As an aside I should also point out that Andrew Jackson's use of government force to relocate folks is a far different matter than calling anyone "sons of bitches."]

Posted by: johngalt at September 27, 2017 3:50 PM
But jk thinks:

To recap: he's better than Andrew Jackson and about the same as Barack Obama. Okay, we're in agreement.

Posted by: jk at September 27, 2017 4:23 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Really? Is that the best you've got today brother? Smug?

Posted by: johngalt at September 27, 2017 6:49 PM
But jk thinks:

Hahahahaha! Well, it is a Wednesday...

No, no statute, but I think both examples incredibly and outrageously wrong. President Obama absolutely positively should not have commented on an ongoing local investigation (not only Gates, But Treyvon Martin "if I had a son"); it was a perversion of justice.

Calling for a private firm to fire somebody for voicing a position with which you disagree is really no better.

Both are very Banana-Republic-ish. There's no law against wearing a big Evita hat with fruit either, but...

(How was that? That was better, wasn't it? The Evita hat? I thought that was pretty good!)

Posted by: jk at September 27, 2017 7:23 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Well there's this ideological struggle under way. Some even think it has escalated into a war - Social Justice versus Culture. What happens when one side stops showing up to the battle, but the other side doesn't?

Posted by: johngalt at September 27, 2017 8:48 PM

August 8, 2017

l'Affaire Kaepernick

It's Sports. It's a Rant. I suspect I am plowing new ground...

Unlike Spike Lee, whom I admire unconditionally as a filmmaker, I've no problem with the soft demand for the services of one Colin Kaepernick. In fact the idea of his not getting a job in Miami because of his fondness for Ché Guevara T-Shirts makes me somewhat giddy. Consequences! 'Bout bloody time one of the limousine lefties pays for his sins.

Blog friend SC hates Jay Cutler in the way that Inigo Montoya hates the man who killed his father. He was stunned to see Cutler get the Dolphins' gig.

But I have what I hope might be an original thought. The unoriginal thought is that whole "1 - 10" thing. If you're going to be a pain in the ass, you can get a job in the NFL. But you had better be an uncontestable asset to winning football games. The possibly original thought is that this is why we don't see Tim Tebow starting for the Broncos this Thursday. And, indeed may be why the Broncos had little appetite for Mr. Kaepernick.

I liked Tebow. Even this old atheist fell for his aw shucks charms and his passion for his philosophy and beliefs. I even bought a gorram Jets t-shirt!

But one day, when things were not going so well, I saw an interview that bugged me. "At the end of the day," quoth #15. "It's not about football. What really matters is the platform it provides to do our ..." and I did not hear the rest of the sentence because some idiot was screaming at the TV. Some guy with glasses. And a beard.

Jesus told the tax collectors and soldiers to be good tax collectors and soldiers. That and "render unto Caesar" are my favorite parts of doctrine. And, I'm sorry Mister Tebow, but you are paid "a lot of simolians" for your football skills -- wherever they came from. That interview has never left my mind. Peyton Manning is either a pretty good bloke, or has the world's finest PR firm. I suspect him to be a caring individual. But he shows up early to view film -- not to advance his message, but to win.

I suspect at the end of the day, NFL coaches and GMs see that in young Mister K. It's too bad really, and I suspect his SJW girlfriend. But I do not think it's race. I do not think it has anything to do with supporting the troops. I think rather that people see a man lacking the focus to win a championship, even though he might possess the skills.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:24 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Sports talk today had both Kapernick and Tebow starting at QB, despite their pain-in-the-ass-ness, if they were starting-caliber QBs. As backups, however, "don't let the door hit ya."

Posted by: johngalt at August 8, 2017 4:32 PM

April 7, 2017

Happy Opening Day!

The Denver Post is right (cf, broken clock) it truly is a holiday. Half my group is out.

1-0 good guys in the bottom of the third!

UPDATE: Rox win 2-1.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:05 PM | Comments (0)

February 22, 2017

Harsanyi must die!

It's over. The man is dead to me.

Want To Improve Baseball? Make The National League Adopt The Designated Hitter

Manfred could start by scrapping the antiquated notion that pitchers should hit. Because, well, pitchers can't hit. Not really.

Few moments in professional sports are more tedious than watching a National League pitcher awkwardly lean in and lay down a bunt to move a runner over in a 1-0 game in the middle of August. By the way, in most games, this is the most thrilling outcome a fan can anticipate.

How did this man fool me for so long?

Posted by John Kranz at 1:30 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

And catchers can't run. Is a "designated baserunner" the next big "improvement" in America's pastime?

You want an un-tedious professional sport? Try soccer. Oh. Wait.

Hey Harsanyi, you go "improve" everything else on the planet. Leave beisbol alone, you commie scumbag.

Posted by: johngalt at February 23, 2017 5:16 PM

February 6, 2017

Super 'Super Bowl'

You may have heard about the Super Bowl commercial that was going to be filmed during the Super Bowl. And, like me, you may have missed it during the post-game. Here it is.


Well done, Hyundai - A company from a nation that also hosts many U.S. troops far from their own homes.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:09 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Saw it live. Quite refreshing after the Audi Agitprop. Awesome indeed.

I fear the great age of Super Bowl Ads may be behind us. I enjoyed several (Martha & Snoop -- ehrmigawd) but the great spectacle seems to have passed.

Posted by: jk at February 7, 2017 10:41 AM

October 20, 2016

Not For Long™

The precipitous drop in football viewing threatens sports, the prevailing content distribution paradigm, and the American way.

But that average is still down from 20.1 million viewers over the same time frame last year, which is concerning to networks and anyone else banking on the future of linear TV -- because if the NFL isn't immune to ratings drops, what is?

My conservative buddies (swell bunch of folks -- salt of the Earth, really) are pretty certain that is an effective boycott against those Colin-Kaepernickking traitors who won't stand for FS Key's masterpiece. And, to be fair, it is amusing to watch ESPN and the rest of the lefty media purposely not even mention it. ("Don't mention the War!" as Basil Fawlty would say) .

I'll accept that at the margins, but I am not buying 11%. The CNN article mentions Peyton Manning and four Brady-less weeks. I think that's it, but want to expand the specific case to the general.

I like Cam Newton and Richard Sherman. Both are emotional, demonstrative competitors and I might throw in Phil Rivers for a little racial balance. But the legends of the past mixed equanimity with passion. And I posit that Peyton Manning's retirement was a tipping point way from the classy leadership of the past.

I'm unusually bullish for the NFL's future. I think they have a great product. Concussions will be figured out by rule or technology, they might someday figure out what a catch is and speed up replay -- all these problems are superable. But they need a new generation of leadership, and I'm not certain that that can be cultivated.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:41 AM | Comments (0)

September 6, 2016

All Hail Taranto!

Apparently it's been some time since [The Atlantic's Peter] Beinart watched a football game. "Monday Night Football" was a big deal in the 1970s and '80s. But it started a long decline in the '90s. and in 2005 ABC ditched it and it went to cable (ESPN).

Nowadays it is often the lowest-rated nationally broadcast game in any given week. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" gets the marquee match-ups, whereas Mondays are often left for the worst teams--so bad, in fact, that the 49ers are to appear next week on "Monday Night Football." -- James Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 5:26 PM | Comments (0)

August 3, 2016

Fire Up the Internet Segue Machine®

I was surprised -- yes you may laugh -- to read that the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race is no more. The week-long stage race through Colorado was wildly popular, yet lost $10 million in one year.

A few rich guys and a hyperactive promoter kept the business side afloat. But, sans angel, who pays the bills?

A race on par with the Tour of California, Hunter said, "is what Colorado more than deserves."

And it requires a deep-pocketed investor willing to make a long-term contribution. Pro cycling has long struggled in the U.S., with state governments and private investors briefly supporting races. With big production and television costs, sporting events without ticket sales to offset those expenses are a perpetual challenge that plague pro cycling race events. Only the Tour of California and the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, which started Monday, have persisted.

On planet jk, everyone loves jazz, really good coffee, and cycling. Cycling is a tough sell on TV. Much as I look down at soccer, cycling is worse: you watch four hours for tens of minutes of excitement (though the scenery is better and they don't feign injury). The strategy is subtle. And there are zero ticket sales. People crowd around the sides of roads, but at least at Woodstock they collected some money.

Sad to see you go, good race! But you good people were promised a segue.

I reserve the right to a Review Corner on the book, but let me first hawk a fascinating EconTalk podcast with Matthew Futterman on his book, Players. Futterman takes a very hard nosed look at the historical economics of Sport and produces some non-intuitive conclusions.

Sport and capitalism lovers will enjoy the suggestion that the excellence and financial success sports has enjoyed is predicated on adequately paying the players. Monopsony hiring has never been more explicit, and yet the successful sports built themselves on a base of solid professional athletes who could devote the time and effort to their craft. When they stopped requiring second jobs to pay the bills, it attracted and retained better talent.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:38 AM | Comments (0)

June 9, 2016

Not just along for the ride

No particular reason. Just a damn good story.

Rein Man: When Turcotte Stood Tall in the Saddle

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:12 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Great story, thanks.

Posted by: jk at June 9, 2016 6:22 PM
But dagny thinks:

Anyone that thinks the horse does all the work has never tried it. :-)

Posted by: dagny at June 9, 2016 6:53 PM

April 8, 2016

George WIll on Baseball

Hope this embed works, I ve had mixed results with Facebook's:

If, not it is worth a click

Posted by John Kranz at 10:32 AM | Comments (0)

March 11, 2016

On Immigration - Pick Hillary Over Trump

The internet segue machine kicked out a gem today. In last night's GOP presidential debate I heard candidate Trump defensively state that he has used the H1B visa system many times, and profited handsomely as a result, but that the program "is unfair and should be ended."

Most of the news stories on this are in the Indian press, including this story in the India Times financial section:

Donald Trump's comments are the latest in a sling of attacks on the Indian IT industry and India in general. The real estate mogul, who is favourite to win the Republican presidential nomination, has blamed India and China for stealing American jobs.

Trump's oppotential [sic] Democratic presidential nomination Hillary Clinton, doesn't discuss the H-1B visa. Instead, she has been talking of naturalisation of citizenship by waiving fees for more immigrants eligible to become US citizens.

And in related sporting news, the Miami Dolphins are outsourcing - cheerleaders to foreign lands.

"The Dolphins started auditions last week, and is targeting soccer-crazy countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Although few of the Brazilian candidates knew much about the sport... Ah heck, I'll just cut to the chase.

Doing the jobs that American swimsuit models won't do?

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:15 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

I knew you guys would see it my way.

Posted by: jk at March 11, 2016 7:18 PM

February 4, 2016

Not just a football game

Super Bowl 50 is more than just "Super." It will be an epic battle between good and evil.

"Use the force, Peyton!"


Posted by JohnGalt at 3:19 PM | Comments (0)

January 14, 2016

Yes and So What?

Every summer the swallows return to Capistrano. And every playoff season, the good folks at Reason do an exposé on subsidies to NFL owners and the poor economics surrounding the public finance of stadia.

Well, It is playoff season!

After a crazy NFL Wild Card weekend, in which the Cincinnati Bengals managed to snatch a loss from the jaws of victory and the Minnesota Vikings kicker blew a chance at an easy game-winning field goal, Americans are ready for another round of playoff football. Fans should tune in this weekend, as they are paying for the NFL whether they watch the games or not.

I can't find a whole lot to quibble with in the article. Yes, the owners are rich. And no, a stadium will not revitalize a decrepit area. (Although Coors Field was built in Denver's then-Skid Row and coincided quite nicely with a rebirth that spread for miles. All for a team that dreams of .500. Just sayin'...)

And yet, dear ThreeSourcers -- when I look at all the heinous crap government does, I find it hard to get too excited about funding the Broncos. Denver gets the first shout down in the Reason piece:

The Denver Broncos play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Taxpayers took on a $300 million share of the $400 million cost of the stadium when construction began in 2002. One of the ways this public financing was paid for was through a 0.1 percent sales tax that was applied to taxpayers in six Colorado counties until 2012.

Taxpayers funded the majority of the stadium, but they are forced to split the $6 million annual profits from naming rights 50-50 with the Broncos. This is still better than the situation faced by Pittsburgh residents. The Broncos are playing the Steelers this weekend. The Steelers keep all of their $2.9 million a year in naming rights for Heinz Field, even though the public covered 61 percent of the cost.

I guess this is not liberty as envisioned by Lysander Spooner or Lord Acton, but please. Denver just voted to finance an updated Stock Show complex by gouging visitors. They are tax happy, regulation happy, and send a quorum of the lefty legislators who took our gun rights. They go for every piece of green nonsense and ensure that massive portions of desperately needed road money end up funding bike paths and walking trails.

Sixty, a hundred bucks over ten years for the Broncos? I'm in. I don't claim to be a dispassionate economist on the subject -- I do bleed blue and orange. But the NFL does quite a bit for the city.

Well, can't Pat Bowlen afford his own gorram stadium, jk? (Does the 'K' stand for 'Kronie?')

Yes he could. But we go to war with the liberties we have. And if Las Vegas or Fort Wayne would offer to foot the bill, why would he not be enticed? I wish cities did not lard up tax breaks to score factories either but they do. Maybe a headline employer outranks purity?

Were this the Feds I would search Article I Section 8 for the stadium power, but if six Colorado counties want to "fleece" us to provide a home for the Broncos, I'll repeat that I have seen worse.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:12 PM | Comments (1)
But nanobrewer thinks:

I also don't have too much heartburn over community-funded stadiums. I'd rather a "real deal" whereby [Denver] sees a decent, 10-15 year ROI, and/or gets to use the stadium for fireworks or whatever.

There are much more important battles to be won.

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 14, 2016 11:40 PM

October 19, 2015

"If the NFL playoffs started today..."

The Patriots would be a Wild Card team!

This is fun.

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:21 PM | Comments (0)

September 22, 2015

Beards of the Week

ADDENDA: CommodoreBTC noticed that last night's Monday Night Football game, between the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets, offered the best matchup of Civil War-appropriate beards in many years, with Andrew Luck taking on Ryan Fitzpatrick: -- Jim Geraghty

Posted by John Kranz at 5:48 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

I might've put Indy in grey, but that's a nit.

Posted by: jk at September 22, 2015 7:10 PM

July 10, 2015

Horsin' Around

Our humble little vaulting club has grown in size and skill level, to the point where the Mile High Vaulters are the second largest club competing at the AVA National Championship this year. And the best part - Northern Coloradoans have a chance to come and watch them compete for top honors at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland!

Come on, y'all! (There's not much talk like that in the equestrian vaulting community. That's all me.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:10 AM | Comments (3)
But dagny thinks:

Please if anyone has time to stop by, hunt down some Mile High Vaulters who will be able to find me to say, "HI!"

Posted by: dagny at July 10, 2015 2:08 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Where's the website, Dagny? I'd like to bring a horse-crazy friend...

Posted by: nanobrewer at July 11, 2015 12:22 AM
But dagny thinks:

The event itself does not have its own website. But there is more info available here: http://www.americanvaulting.org/Nationals2015/index.php

on the American Vaulting Association website. Then there is info about us specifically at www.milehighvaulters.org . and on our Facebook page.

Posted by: dagny at July 13, 2015 12:53 PM

April 15, 2015

Bleeding Purple

Dear dagny is reserving her emotional investment until at least June but I will go on public record that I am on the Rocktober bandwagon already.

Arenado nearly doubled up the guy at third, too, which is even more incredible.

That said, part of my prescription for a successful season is to keep the starters healthy. Rest them regularly and coach them to hustle, but not take dangerous risks that could end their season. Nolan got away with it this time but even he said after the game he probably wouldn't do it if he had a do-over.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:51 AM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

A most unexpectedly auspicious beginning.

A former bandmate loves to post lengthy diatribes on the Rockies as being the worst team in the history of sport and the Montfords as the worst owners. I mean, holy cow, it has been seven years since we were in the World Series -- you think fans in Chicago or Boston would put up with that?

I have enjoyed the season so far, but needling my strangely silent friend is the best part.

Posted by: jk at April 15, 2015 12:21 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"Worst team in the history of sport"? I saw this headline this morning:


And I haven't even mentioned the Raiders. Not once.

And I'm no Patriots fan by any measure, but Brady had a good season, especially considering that all his best receivers were either out with injuries for half the season, on trial for murder, or catching passes from Peyton Manning.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at April 15, 2015 12:29 PM
But jk thinks:

I think these themes are pretty popular in Denver Sports Talk Radio. There are a few 24 x 7 and they gotta talk about something.

The Montford brothers do themselves no favors; they combine Sec. Clinton's deft ear for politics, Rep. Maxine Waters's charm, and The President's humility.

Posted by: jk at April 15, 2015 1:06 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Are you kidding? Dick and Charlie Monfort are white male meat-packers. They profit from murder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They could be as suave, charming and humble as the day is long and would still never catch a break.

Heh: The comment password du jour is "hotdog." Heh.

Posted by: johngalt at April 15, 2015 2:08 PM

February 2, 2015

Room on the Patriots' Bandwagon.

Robert Kraft supports Israel.

And, Darth Hoodie -- closet Tea Partier?

Posted by John Kranz at 1:04 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Huzzah! And I thought I was pulling for them merely for their nickname. (And position in the crosshairs of the drive-by media.)

Posted by: johngalt at February 2, 2015 2:36 PM

Tweet of the Day

Posted by John Kranz at 1:01 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I'd rather lose the way Denver did last year - going away - than to have victory snatched away as a rookie New England DB did to Seahawks Nation last night. Brutal! But satisfying for this Broncos fan. I've seen Brady cry before. I rather enjoyed seeing Richard Sherman's boo hoo face this time. (And, that of Mr. Happy go Lucky head coach.)

Posted by: johngalt at February 2, 2015 2:30 PM

January 27, 2015

Everything on the Internet

Deflate Gate. The Ideal Gas Equation. And a whack at Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I knew it was going to be a great day.

The farce of the NFL's "Deflate-Gate" affair has become hysterical enough that prominent astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson felt the need to weigh in on Twitter, and in the space of 125 characters, Tyson managed to bungle some straightforward fundamentals of science.

There is something for everybody in this story.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:55 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Beautiful! I got my math-science model correct on the first try and this famous Bozo botched it! Climate "science" is, apparently, more accessible to Tyson than run of the mill junior high school physics.

Posted by: johngalt at January 27, 2015 2:43 PM

January 26, 2015

Somebody check my math

It's been a while, I'm a little rusty. According to the ideal gas law:


Which basically means, for a constant amount of gas in a constant volume of space, the pressure is proportional to the temperature. A football that is inflated to 13 (or 12.5) psi at 70 degrees Fahrenheit will have a lower internal pressure at [game time temperature: 20 F].

Pg (psi) P (psi) P (Pa) V (m^3) n R T (K)
12.5 27 186158.52 0.004237 0.322844229 8.31 294
9.928571429 24.42857143 168429.1371 0.004237 0.322844229 8.31 266

So the cold ball might be as low as 10 psi, with no tampering.*

But who knows, maybe they checked their balls outside in the cold. (If they did, they're better men than me.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:53 PM | Comments (14)
But johngalt thinks:

Not even close to approved under the TSFDSG but maybe this will help you get over your moderate indigestion.

Posted by: johngalt at January 26, 2015 7:38 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

And if you're sick of the Deflategate scandal, you might be interested to know that Aaron Hernandez' jury was seated today, and opening statements should follow. There's a palate-cleanser for you.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 26, 2015 8:26 PM
But jk thinks:

Okay. AFC guy that I am, I'm ready to embrace RAH's suggestion. Go Pats!

But I remain intrigued by the forensics. if it can all be explained with PV = kT, why does it not happen all the time? Do they check every game or was this some sting to catch the tall poppy Patriots? They have been playing this game in bad weather for some time. And for several years, they have allowed teams to control and manage the game balls. It seems easy to determine whether this is a big deal or not, but I've no confidence that we'll ever know.

Posted by: jk at January 27, 2015 10:22 AM
But johngalt thinks:

A PhD colleague confirmed my math, albeit with some reservation about the fluctuation of atmospheric pressure. He also suggested a lady physicist had done the math and, if I understood him correctly, "the air pressure doesn't change" with temperature.

But physics professor and former quarterback Otto Rieke says differently. Spoiler alert: He agrees with moi.

Posted by: johngalt at January 27, 2015 11:48 AM
But jk thinks:


What's the old line? It's not what we don't know but what we think we know that is wrong. I am held captive by an exchange with a Physics professor when I was a young man. I tried to use the derivative of the Ideal Gas Equation (IGE) with respect to t to derive the rate of loss of air pressure with the rate of temperature.

We had just derived the equation from the definition of kinetic energy (a very nice piece of theory) and I suggested the differential as a real world application.

Said prof approved my math as well. But he strongly cautioned that tire air was composed of heavy particles at high pressure, thus violating a few assumptions of an ideal gas (point particles, elastic collisions, no attractive forces between molecules).

Frantically combing the intertubes for backup, I saw nothing to suggest that Mister Brady's balls were so special [Pfft.] as to be outside the useful application of the IGE. Dr. MacDonnell may well have meant a microscopic deviation from 100% accuracy, but it left me with a lifelong skepticism of using the IGE outside of helium at low pressure in a lab.

We've some cold weather headed our way. Let's do an empirical test and get our handsome faces on the teevee news.

Posted by: jk at January 27, 2015 12:28 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The video features a football on a desk with an air pump inserted in it. They also demonstrate air pressure measurement with a pen-style pressure gauge (reads in 0.5 psi increments.) I hoped they would show just such an experiment (which can be done with a common freezer, by the way, not just a cold day.)

Yes, the ideal gas law is not the "always exact equation for physical gasses at all temperatures and pressures" law. But for computing the delta P versus delta T of a given number of molecules of a given gas in a given volume* at values around STP, it's close enough for an engineer.

* PhD friend points out that a football is at least slightly elastic, and can grow or shrink with pressure to reduce the magnitude of the effect. But like I said, close enough for an engineer.

Posted by: johngalt at January 27, 2015 2:25 PM

I Guess there is to be a sporting event of some type this weekend...

Now that I have complimented Lance Armstrong for candor, I'd enjoy hearing ThreeSourcers' opinions on Tom Brady's soft balls. [pffffft! Where did I leave that ThreeSources Style Guide? We should have one on-line...]

I am a Pats fan, which is a lonely enterprise on the Colorado Front Range. I've mentioned that Tedy Bruschi's Never Give Up was an inspirational text in our home. Brother Keith has reminded me that #54 has moved on, but the organization is portrayed as having class and integrity from Mr. Kraft on down. Likewise, we appreciate success 'round these parts. Walmart* and Starbucks are not hated for results.

That said, I am deeply disturbed. This strikes me much worse than doping and 100x worse than filming practice fields because I suspect the other enumerated infractions are common and speak to who is unlucky enough to be caught or enforced.

Tampering with the ball. No, Mr. Brady, it is not ISIS -- rest assured you have cleared that bar. But -- if true -- and it got a little worse today, that is a disturbing sin. I saw it compared to stealing signals -- it's not. Filming a practice may be in line with stealing signals. Tampering with the ball is worse.

It tales a lot to draw my support to the NFC, but I am on the ropes. A teevee sports guy "it's hard to get Denver fans to root for the Seahawks, but the Pats may have achieved the impossible." Sad. Not who wins or loses, but that would be a harsh blow the NFL and it would negate what has been a great season.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:53 PM | Comments (4)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I would have loved to root for the Broncos. Or in their absence, the Packers or the Cowboys.

As for the two teams who actually made it to the dance, the hardest decision I have to make is which team I hate more. Twelfth Man versus Darth Hoodie. Legion of Boom versus Gronk.

It's shaping up to be a good day to wash the dogs.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 26, 2015 4:31 PM
But johngalt thinks:

If I may lend a brother a philosophical hand, I think he is still feeling the glow of his most recent Review Corner. I on the other hand, see the issue through a Heinleinian lens:

I will accept the rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

I would have more respect for Brady and Belicheat if they just said, "We perform better when the ball is inflated 1.5 psi below the league's minimum, so that's how we prepared them. I am willing to face my Creator at the pearly gates and answer for that "transgression" so I did it, because I want to WIN. Do you play sports for some other reason?"

Regulating the air pressure in a football is stupid, in my opinion. What the hell is this, NASCAR? Every team should get to prepare "The Duke" as it sees fit. Only caveat - they have to use the same ball for everything; running, throwing and especially kicking.

Posted by: johngalt at January 26, 2015 4:57 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It's hard to get me to root for the Patriots, but the press may have achieved the impossible.

Posted by: johngalt at January 26, 2015 4:58 PM
But jk thinks:

I appreciate the bold new vantage point. Coating the old pigskin with Ebola to discourage interceptions is out?

As they are all on the same field, I like the idea of the balls' being interchangeable. But allowing a preference within a range is compelling.

And. Your speech. Dude. Awesome. Had they said that, I'd buy a Licensed Brady jersey.

Posted by: jk at January 26, 2015 5:21 PM

A Hero?

Lance Armstrong gives "the honest answer" that "nobody wants to hear." Looking at pro-cycling in 1995, he would do it all over again.

"When Lance Armstrong did that, I know what happened. I know what happened to cycling from 1999 to 2005. I saw its growth, I saw its expansion.

"I know what happened to the cycling industry. I know what happened to Trek Bicycles -- $100m (£66.5m) in sales, to $1bn in sales."

I'm strangely proud again.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:41 PM | Comments (0)

January 20, 2015

All Hail Taranto!

A segue for ThreeSourcers if there ever was one:


Posted by John Kranz at 5:19 PM | Comments (0)

January 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

Missed this:

Prior to last night's Monday Night Football game featuring the Denver Broncos versus the Cincinnati Bengals, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, now an ESPN analyst, was asked how Denver quarterback Peyton Manning would deal with the disguises posed by the Bengals defense."Watch for Peyton to speak to the nation, as the president of the United States would speak to the nation tonight," the former San Francisco great began. "And tell them, 'I am the dictator! I am the one who's going to take care of everything.'" -- TPNN (Tea Party News Network)

Here is a link but the page is full of some creepy HTML. Do not click unless your virus protection is up to date.

UPDATE: Looking for another source, it seems to have been well covered by conservative, alternative news sources and some sports blogs. I'm surprised this would not make FOX, MSNBC or HuffPo.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:08 PM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2014

America's Team!

Nope. Not the Dallas Cowboys. Denver Broncos.

Color that map orange.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 3:45 PM | Comments (7)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I feel bad.

For the fourteen teams who are less popular than the Raiders. Perhaps the Harris Poll should have limited their polling to fan bases without felony arrest records or gang affiliations.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 15, 2014 6:09 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Would the Raiders completely lose their ENTIRE fan base if illicit drugs were decriminalized?

[Somebody stop me!]

Posted by: johngalt at October 15, 2014 6:31 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at October 15, 2014 6:40 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

@JG: No, but they'd be in government-coerced rehab. Pretty sure they're all on some form of public assistance.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 16, 2014 12:46 AM
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at October 16, 2014 2:34 AM
But dagny thinks:

More evidence for my theory that Fan Base is somewhat correlated to win-loss record. Its not perfectly correlated and exceptions abound as noted on these pages, but somewhat correlated.

Its known more commonly as bandwagon jumpers.

Pretty sure there used to be about 3 Seahawks fans in the whole country and now there are states full.

Posted by: dagny at October 16, 2014 11:59 AM

October 9, 2014

No, Merit is not Over-represented

Blog Sister dagny suggested that the Denver Broncos' (peace be upon their holy names) geographic distribution of football fandom was expanded because of recent success.

We have a lot of philosophical arguments on these pages which resist resolution. But I think I can offer conclusive proof that she is wrong: Lookit the Rockies' area in the baseball version:

Posted by John Kranz at 3:05 PM | Comments (6)
But dagny thinks:

Sorry JK, I'm confused. I think this chart supports my contention rather than negates it. The Rockies (who stink) have a much smaller area than the Broncos (who don't stink).

What am I missing?

Posted by: dagny at October 9, 2014 3:32 PM
But jk thinks:

The Rockies having any are at all.

Posted by: jk at October 9, 2014 4:10 PM
But dagny thinks:

Q: What do the Broncos, the Avalanche, the Nuggets, and the Rockies have in common?

A: None of them can play baseball.

Posted by: dagny at October 9, 2014 4:20 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"The Rockies having any area at all."

As a corollary to that, going back to the other map, the perennial cellar-dwelling Oakland Raiders have no territory at all anywhere near Oakland -- that's all 49ers turf. Oakland's sphere of influence (such as it is) is only found in four Southern California counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Santa Barbara, a minimum of three hundred miles from Oakland. This may be an indication of how far downwind the aroma carries?

Dagny, if your theory is that fan range is a function of the win-loss record, there's a problem. That problem is the Dodgers. Teams the Cubs and the Indians have loyal fans who will be faithful forever, not only because they're the local team, but because they've been the local team for so long. The Dodgers have been in Los Angeles since the end of the 50s, but Los Angeles fans are fickle: they love a winner and hate a loser. At least that's what they tell me. If the Dodgers are winning, everybody is a fan; when they're losing, they're bums (yeah, that goes back to Brooklyn...).

But if Los Angeles fans are fickle, how is it that the Raiders have any fans at all here? How long has it been since they've ended a season above .500? And it's not like the Raiders have long-standing ties with L.A.; if memory serves, they were only here for thirteen seasons, and retreated back to Oakland with their tails between their legs in '95, the same year the Rams pulled up stakes and moved to St. Louis. By comparison, the Rams were in Los Angeles for half a century - were mere history the controlling factor, the Rams should have more influence in Los Angeles than the Raiders.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 9, 2014 5:17 PM
But jk thinks:

This may be significant: for all the jokes, I love the Rockies. Baseball's pace and equipment allow a personal connection to the players. Though I'm a more rabid football and hockey fan, the poor but dear Rockies are like family to me.

A musician buddy of mine insists that "I am the problem." Fans should -- sez Kurt -- completely withhold their support until serious restructuring is complete. (For those outside the area, a lot of teams are bad -- the Rockies' ownership adds an oafishness to the poor W-L record that is hard to describe.)

"Dagny, Hank -- you cannot keep working for those looters..."

Posted by: jk at October 9, 2014 6:16 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I have never trucked with those who seem to be saying, "If you love something, let it starve and it will somehow become better." If fans only followed the teams that spend team owner's wealth with reckless abandon and no regard for any return on investment, there would be no baseball.

Posted by: johngalt at October 10, 2014 2:27 PM

October 8, 2014

Denver Broncos - Largest fan region in NFL

Don't believe me? Facebook proves it!

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:21 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

Way cool. I love stuff like this.

I suspect, however, if the colors are less deep and pure than when I was young. There is that funny nfl.com commercial about how the Vikings' family's kid married an Eagle and moved to Cincinnati &c. Our mid-size company in the shadow of Sports Authority Field At Mile High With Logo Colors That Are Not Really The Chiefs At All No Really can probably claim a fan for every franchise.

There was a great Facebook meme going around that said your phone number is a random seven digits preceded by where you lived in 2003. Allegiances, like our area codes, are now portable.

Posted by: jk at October 8, 2014 3:01 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Pity the poor Jets.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 8, 2014 4:52 PM
But dagny thinks:

Much as I'd like to think that the Broncos are the reason God made sunsets orange, I suspect the boundaries on these regions vary some with the success of the teams. The Broncos and Mr. Manning have been very successful of late. Therefore, I suspect if you looked at this chart on average over the course of years, the Cowboys might actually cover more ground.

Especially since they are currently barely average and Tony Romo can be reliably counted on to blow it at inopportune times. Americas team indeed, much as I hate them, or maybe South Americas team as my parents contend.

Posted by: dagny at October 8, 2014 5:19 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Yes, pity the Jets, and their new #1 receiver - Eric Decker.

Posted by: johngalt at October 9, 2014 11:47 AM

October 7, 2014

Go Avs!

Colorado Avalanche begin regular season play on Thursday at Minnesota. As an appetizer, check out rookie phenom Nathan MacKinnon in an ice-skating drag race with world champion and Olympic gold medalist short-track speed skater Charles Hamelin. Awesome!

I'm also just learning that, with the departure of Paul Stastny, MacKinnon is moving from wing to his natural position at center.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:20 PM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

This may be an apples/oranges comparison of skates, but watching the 18 year old kid turn some of the best defensemen in the league inside-out with his speed causes us mortals to do a two-handed head-grab followed by expletives.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 8, 2014 12:35 PM
But jk thinks:

Amen. I have loved watching the young fellow fly but noticed they did not do 500 meters.

Posted by: jk at October 8, 2014 2:30 PM

September 22, 2014

Not For Long

"If the NFL doesn't police themselves," [Kirsten Gillibrand (Crusader for Justice -- NY)] said, "we will be looking more into it."

Oh deary me. Like they fixed steroids in baseball and college football's BCS. President Madison, how are your finger-laying skills today?

No doubt university psychologists, Ph.D.s aloft, will be happy to appear at the congressional hearings, proposing that the solution to the problem is that standard panacea, more education. Programs will be proposed. Journalists will suggest that domestic violence in the NFL has been useful in highlighting the larger problem of domestic violence throughout the culture. "Everybody," as Jimmy Durante used to say, "wants to get into the act," and many politicians, social scientists and social workers will.

I have kept silent, but will get into the act a little. I am concerned that the NFL is being asked to police its players. I appreciate their interest in protecting their brand, but I have yet to hear anybody ask "where the hell are prosecutors in the Ray Rice case?" And yet everybody needs to know when Roger Goodall
saw the video and in what resolution.

My employer's brand is admittedly less public, but I cannot project that they would be asked to handle my committing a criminal offense. "If Mister Kranz is going to continue driving 40MPH down C.R.7 -- where it is clearly posted 35 -- he will no longer craft code to manage our inventory and returns."

Now you know the cause of my silence -- I cannot avoid flippancy. But I see this demand as a part of double jeopardy and one that conveniently avoids due process. The good people of Baltimore and Maryland have a grand jurisprudential tradition that includes Chief Justice Taney and his brother-in-law, Francis Scott Key. I don't care if they lock up Mister Rice for 100 years. But I think it too much to ask Mr. Goodall to adjudicate.

"But, this is obvious, jk, and it would be wrong to allow him to continue playing while his trial proceeds." To which I would replay that hard cases make bad law. Once we have set up the league as a legal forum, they'll have to handle all claims, with or without video. If you were to elect me as commish, I'd say "we will cooperate with all law enforcement authorities and disburse punishment when the process is complete."

I think Joseph Epstien agrees.

Now, of course, more of it is being found. An Arizona Cardinals running back named Jonathan Dwyer is accused of aggravated assault in separate incidents with his wife. The Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been dragged into the current mess by a former girlfriend, and her father, for violence allegedly done to her in 2006; they've turned the case over to Gloria Allred, who specializes in protecting women's rights, or at least those of women who are well-known or likely to become so. The sharks, one senses, smell blood.

Courts are the best reason for government I can come up with (well, that and free birth control). Let's use them.

(I'll start cleaning out my locker before the hate mail arrives...)

Posted by John Kranz at 3:57 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

You are exactly and eloquently right. Our government has the time and resources to do anything it's little black heart desires and yet, media wants the NFL to become its court of public opinion? I'd like to know, when did the sports media become so racist? Oh, I get it - it's okay when they do so in "defense" of women and children. There must be a Politically Correct Totem Pole out there somewhere, with self-reliant white guys at the bottom.

Now if you'd like to discuss the domestic violence part of the story I would start the conversation by asking, why is there so much research on abuse of women and so little on abuse of men? This 2001 paper suggests that rates of physical violence against men were once comparable to violence against women at around 12 percent of the study subjects (although violence against women has declined while male victimization rates have remained constant.)

But the more interesting abuse against men is the emotional variety, as this is more frequent - on the order of 90% of men studied - and has more potential to cause lasting damage to the victim - psychologically. Yes, men do it too. That is a constant theme in this paper, that abusers and victims are roughly equal irrespective of gender. But despite the widespread social messaging that "we must teach our boys that it is NEVER okay to hit a woman" there is no companion message: We must teach our girls that it is NEVER okay to emotionally abuse a man. Is this not unilateral disarmament in the War of the Roses?

Take a look at that elevator video again. Did Ray Rice chase the passive female victim into a corner and hit her, or did he take his swing after she was aggressive toward him? This is not blaming the victim. This is understanding the entire picture.

And before you judge me for writing any of this, my defense to the charge of insensitivity or political incorrectness is: Science.

Posted by: johngalt at September 23, 2014 2:20 AM

July 8, 2014

Quote of the Day

I've been watching the World Cup with some frustrated American social scientists. When they see an underdog team triumph with a miraculous rebound or an undeserved penalty kick, they don't jump up and scream "Goooaaalll!" They just shake their heads and mutter, "Measurement error." -- John Tierney
I'll stop. In four years.
Posted by John Kranz at 3:36 PM | Comments (0)

June 30, 2014

Socialism And Soccer

Hey, I was shocked too - but this is in the New York Times!

When billionaires acquire clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City or Chelsea, their fortunes change. When a very rich country like Qatar wants to host the World Cup, it gets its way even if entirely unsuited to the undertaking.

All this often undermines the beauty of the game. Sulky and overpaid stars, dubious deals and rapacious players' agents are now part of the scenery. Football has been no exception to the inexorable process that sees the authentic and the genuine undermined by big money and manufactured images.

Until along came Diego Simeone and his "socialist football." Think of him as the Thomas Piketty of the soccer world. It is impossible to understand what has been happening at the remarkable World Cup in Brazil without considering his impact.

Ann Coulter, call your office!

UPDATE: I'll promote our commenter's link: looks like the complete book on PDF here.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:48 PM | Comments (9)
But AndyN thinks:

I've held off on writing about soccer for a decade... so as not to offend anyone.

Coming from Coulter, on any subject, that might be the funniest thing I've ever read.

I stopped reading her column years ago, not because I find her offensive (although I see why some people would), and not because I disagree with her (although I sometimes do), but because I don't see her contributing much to any conversation. At best she's preaching to the converted, but she frequently does it so shrilly that there's almost no chance someone who doesn't agree with her already will bother to pay attention to any point she's trying to make.

That said, calling anything in that soccer column "hatred" stretches the word beyond any rational definition.

Posted by: AndyN at July 1, 2014 1:34 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I took a look. (Your link is broken.) Did you see anything objective, or just the ad hominem that I saw? Most of the footnote links are self-referencing.

Daniel appears to criticize Coulter's style and her treatment of him personally. Okay, whatever. I don't agree with her on everything and I don't view things through the same lens but this reads like a full-blown character assassination. I'm not interested.

Posted by: johngalt at July 1, 2014 1:41 PM
But jk thinks:

AndyN is right. The Coulter column on soccer is pretty funny. I confess I had not read it.

@jg, I found it interesting. From the title, I guess I was not surprised to find ad hominem attacks. When you complete your magnum "JK is a liar, thief, cheat, and bad guitar player" I think people will be prepared for some negativity.

At its best, I think one must admit to a "Streisand Effect:" it elevated my throwaway joke line, got several of us talking about her, and got me to search for/click on/read/link to her column. Score one for the blonde. (And I fixed the link, thanks.)

Posted by: jk at July 1, 2014 2:01 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The manuscript is almost ready for proofreading.

Posted by: johngalt at July 1, 2014 3:25 PM
But jk thinks:

Gimme a few days notice, I want to have some new material ready for when the publicity hits.

Posted by: jk at July 1, 2014 4:02 PM
But johngalt thinks:

BTW... you left out "drunkard."

Posted by: johngalt at July 1, 2014 6:11 PM

June 26, 2014

World Cup

Please do not be disappointed by the Metric Football results today. My understanding of the rules is that the umpires can call for extra time and wake the players in the middle of the night to continue.

We could still pull out a tie! U-S-A! U-S-A!

Posted by John Kranz at 4:03 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Not with zero shots on goal we can't. The German goalie could have remained in bed. Or in the pub.

Posted by: johngalt at June 26, 2014 4:17 PM

June 2, 2014

Glad I am a Hockey Fan

...where both black players are treated exceptionally well!



Posted by John Kranz at 9:27 AM | Comments (0)

May 19, 2014

My Favorite Color is Chrome

Bred for around ten thousand dollars in a sport dominated by millionaires, California Chrome is favored to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 and I, for one, couldn't be more excited by the prospect.

The result of the laughably modest breeding in the sport of kings was California Chrome. Coburn and Martin are average guys in the big-money sport of horseracing.

Coburn is a press operator in a Nevada factory that makes magnetic strips for credit cards and hotel keys.

"He loves people," Coburn said of his colt. "He loves what he does, and that's why he's America's horse. In my opinion, this horse, what he's doing for two guys that work their butts off every day just to put beans and bacon on the table.

"This horse has given everybody else out there the incentive to say, 'You know what? We can do it too.

There are other good stories in this colt's history too, like the little known jockey who has a singular talent to motivate this horse. His first mount, as a youth, was the family donkey, hence the donkey on his back (and the 'donkey rescue' category tag). And when the plucky self-made men began their journey with the blue-collar colt they were called "dumb asses." So they named their enterprise DAP, meaning "Dumb Ass Partners."

And it's not just the circumstances that impress. The horse is a joy to watch. Reuters' Steve Ginsberg called his Preakness effort "a dazzling 1 1/2-length victory over Ride On Curlin" and I agree. With a lead at the final turn two other horses made a run but while I worried Chrome might fade, it was the other two who labored and, fell short.

For a time there was suspense about his appearance in the Belmont Stakes - something about the horse being permitted to wear an equine version of a Breathe Right strip [endorsement deal?] in the race. Some dubbed it Nasalgate but it was resolved quickly today by an announcement of the track steward.

So on Saturday, June 7, ride on Chrome, claim your crown. I'll be watching. And cheering. And streaming down tears, win or lose.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:40 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Thanks for posting! Not following equestrian sports, I knew none of this. Great story.

Posted by: jk at May 19, 2014 6:02 PM
But johngalt thinks:

In case you also didn't get the title reference:


"Her favorite color is chrome..."

Posted by: johngalt at May 20, 2014 3:11 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks for the cultural training wheels -- they were required.

Great timing as Mister Adkins is sky-high on my list for both his superb performance and classy behavior in the Gregg Allman tribute concert: All My Friends.

Posted by: jk at May 20, 2014 5:29 PM

April 9, 2014

Gladius! (Limited Engagement)

I want to share with all ThreeSourcers, friends and family, and anyone in the Denver area a great opportunity to see a Vegas quality live performance of acrobats, equestrians and clowns complete with lights, music and even a fire act. It is called "Gladius the Show" and one of the co-creators is a friend of ours, Erik Martonovich, a long-time fellow vaulter who grew up in Golden.

We opted for the "VIP" tickets, which gave us access to meet and talk with the performers after the show. My favorite parts were the gymnast who wound himself up and down on nylon straps with amazing grace, strength and flexibility, the combination of Roman riding and hanging from the ceiling, the high-speed CHARIOT RACE, and the four-horse Roman riding/vaulting finale.

It was truly impressive and well worth the modest ticket price (although I think I can post a 10% discount ordering code here later, to make it even more affordable.)

Shows continue daily at Jefferson County Fairgrounds Westernaires Arena, but only through April 20th. The time and money they have invested to create this impressive show have really paid off and I'm happy to endorse and promote them as much as I possibly can. Tell your friends!

Press clippings:

Denver Post


Posted by JohnGalt at 7:23 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Saw your tweet on this; it sounded cool. Thanks for posting pictures (although, if you had the Lumina 1020...)

Posted by: jk at April 10, 2014 9:58 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Yeah yeah.

Dagny asked me to make it more prominent than the tweet. So I did, of course.

Posted by: johngalt at April 10, 2014 2:23 PM

February 6, 2014

Ouch. That stings a bit...

Still love you, Broncos!

Posted by John Kranz at 3:51 PM | Comments (0)

February 3, 2014

Love is in the air!

This Dodge Ram guy's favorite Super Bowl commercial? Chevy trucks.

I called it the PETA favorite.

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:43 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

!!!! That one was good, too!

Posted by: jk at February 3, 2014 6:53 PM
But Mrs. Kaa thinks:

I thought the PETA favorite was clearly Broadway Joe's coat.

Posted by: Mrs. Kaa at February 3, 2014 8:09 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Someone ought to remind PETA that footballs are still made out of pigskin. I'd like to volunteer to be that someone.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at February 3, 2014 8:13 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee likes the music selection: "I Believe in Miracles" by Hot Chocolate.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 5, 2014 3:35 PM

January 28, 2014


Posted by John Kranz at 11:51 AM | Comments (0)

January 24, 2014

On Richard Sherman

Blog contrarian here (although the precise identity of "ThreeSources Convention Wisdom Guy" is a little vague...)

I saw the last quarter of the NFC Championship at a friend's house with the sound off. I had a distinct Kissingeresque "why can't they both lose?" attitude, so life, and some home-made jalapeño poppers were good. I looked up to see "oh, we're playing the 'Hawks."

Then I saw the infamous Richard Sherman interview with no audio. I said "man, I'd hate to see that guy if he lost." And I went back to the snack table.

Later I saw on Twitter that Sherman had offended God, King. and Country with his "meltdown." Meltdown, huh, I gotta see this. YouTube complied and -- while I am not handing out Sportsmanship of the Year awards -- I think it's close to if not within the bounds of reasonable behavior if you have just won the NFC Championship.

I was also a bit contrarian in liking Bronco Tim Tebow. I even have a Tebow 15 Jets shirt in the giveaway pile if anybody wants it. But, I gotta admit, his "there's stuff more important than football" schtick wore thin. Yes it is true, but we pay you many millions of dollars each Sunday for your specific ability -- not in uplifting the community's children. I accepted his religion but never completely accepted his professed priorities. I suspect Peyton Manning would put the playbook down for a minute to save a drowning child, too. But I hope he'd deny it.

I made a waggish, comment-bait remark that I posit Richard Sherman as a Randian hero. He even has a name that would fit in Atlas Shrugged. "Ehrimigawd, Miss Taggart. We'll never win the Championship without Richard Sherman. And we just found this note on his locker....by the way, do you smell smoke?"

I'm going to double down with a Facebook Meme. I don't care a whole lot about Mister Bieber either (actually, the Bill Clinton story is endearing...) I hope he finds a way to enjoy life and all but is there not some verisimilitude in this?


Hat-tip: Derek Minor (Pro) Facebook


Posted by John Kranz at 2:08 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

If the meme were fair it would say that Sherman threatened to "shut your mouth for you real quick" which does have at least overtones of physical violence against others. But anyone who called him a thug is a moron. Beebs has done things worthy of praise and I refuse to hold anyone except myself to a perfect standard. Misguided kid is apt.

Posted by: johngalt at January 27, 2014 12:36 PM

January 22, 2014

Superbowl 48 - Denver Broncos vs. Evil Incarnate

Did somebody mention [sixth and eighth comment] football?

Here's a fun article by Bill Plaschke in the LA Times:
Super Bowl roles have been cast for the good guys and the bad guys

For the record:

- Even though I live in Denver and am a Broncos fan, I love Seattle and root for the Seahawks.
- I am also a fan of the South Central LA success story and Stanford grad, Richard Sherman (although I don't revere him quite as much as I do the Broncos' Knowshon Moreno.)
- And despite a conscious belief in the existence of good and evil, applying either term to either team is specious.

Nonetheless, "good" will defeat "evil". The Broncos will beat the Seahawks by more than a touchdown and the officiating will have nothing to do with the outcome. But the Seahawks will be even better next year for the experience.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:54 PM | Comments (7)
But jk thinks:

C'mon guys. I know we're having a jocular moment with a lighter topic, but we discuss a lot of serious things on this blog and I don't think it is right to describe the Seahawks or Coach Belichik as "evil." Misuse the word and it loses currency quicker than a Fed chaired by Janet Yellen.

Phil Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are evil.

Posted by: jk at January 23, 2014 9:48 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Heh. Even when we talk football it still manages to turn philosophical.

I realized as soon as I saved the original post that the linked article used the term "bad" rather than "evil." So why did I use it in my headline? I'm throwin' RealClearSports under the bus. [yesterday's Evening Edition]

Posted by: johngalt at January 23, 2014 2:41 PM
But johngalt thinks:

But KA's still got a point: With Al Davis gone the "most evil" title is up for grabs in the NFL. Belichick is my frontrunner too.

20 points to JK for the losing currency analogy. That one is a gem.

Posted by: johngalt at January 23, 2014 2:44 PM
But dagny thinks:

Jerry Jones?? Daniel Snyder??

Posted by: dagny at January 23, 2014 5:09 PM
But dagny thinks:

While we're at it, we could make a whole, "most Evil," team, sort of like a Pro Bowl team:

Owner: Jones
Head Coach: Belicheat
Starting QB: Rivers
Back up QB: Michael Vick (everyone loves dogs)
CB: Sherman
Nstompikin Suhpid (Can't remember what position he plays) etc. etc.

Posted by: dagny at January 23, 2014 7:08 PM
But jk thinks:

[Put this on the wrong post last night, my apologies!]

I was going to seriously posit Mister Sherman as something of a Randian hero. He's good, he knows it, he says it. Would Twitter trend well for John Galt's speech?

I even have rare warm feeling for Darth Hoodie. He and Kraft come out well in Tedi Bruschi's book.

& you left out a certain pedophile QB that plays for the Steelers...

Posted by: jk at January 24, 2014 10:13 AM

October 16, 2013

Fran Tarkenton

Why can't Bob Costas do more rants like this?

Posted by John Kranz at 6:18 PM | Comments (0)

October 14, 2013

Obnoxious Red Sox Fan: "You Didn't Earn That!"

My first thought when I saw the video of this classless Boston Red Sox fan manhandle a home run baseball away from the woman next to him so that he could throw it back onto the field in an infantile display of tribal disapproval was, "that's a direct consequence of teaching people that any act can be tolerated if it is committed in the name of "the public good." I could almost hear the cretin shout, "You didn't earn that" as he forcibly took property from a weaker person of the fairer sex who had the audacity to also yell, "That's my baseball!"

But the real story here, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, is that the guy is a racist who allegedly called another fan wearing a Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers jersey "Prince Fielder's crackhead brother" and "yelled at another African-American Tigers fan walking through the section, saying: "Go back to the ghetto." Of course the worst offense came as Mister Red Sox fan was being escorted from the area by stadium security and answered a "bye-bye" salutation from the Fielder jersey wearer with "Bye, Travon."

The closest Passan came to criticizing Mr. Red Sox fan was this paragraph about the act that got him ejected.

Video of the man taking the ball from a woman sitting next to him and chucking it onto the field quickly went viral as Boston faced a five-run deficit. The Red Sox came back for a dramatic 6-5 victory to even the ALCS at one game apiece.

Perhaps he would have cared more about the woman with the ball if she had been African-American.

I'll close with the cautionary advice of a commenter to the original linked story:

don't lump the entire Boston crowd in with this idiot... only about 90% of them behave like him.

Stay classy, Boston.

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:21 PM | Comments (0)

September 3, 2013

Tweet of the 2013 MLB Season

I have a new favorite non-Rockies player. Brandon Phillips was on 2nd base for the Cincinnati Reds when Todd Helton hit his 2500th. (I'm not sure BP didn't tag him out -- I notice on the replays they don't look too closely at that). But Mr. Phillips is a class act. He enjoyed the moment, then warmly congratulated Helton. During yesterday's game, they displayed the following Tweet:


Posted by John Kranz at 9:47 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Hear hear.

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2013 3:47 PM

August 22, 2013

Not Being There

Joseph Epstein is a wee bit curmudgeonly in his column by the same name. Epstein -- like me -- enjoys watching sports at home. He's grouchier than me, but we share one peeve:

Pro basketball games, I note, no longer allow any time for repose. Once a time-out is called, out come the dancing girls, miniature blimps, acrobats, jugglers, magicians -- everything but human sacrifices. Sports promoters seem to believe that, as on radio, there should be no dead time during a game: something must be happening every second. Silence is prohibited. The eye must have something to engage it at all times.

Hockey is my favorite sport. I grew up watching minor league play. If my advertising-exec father could not get free passes, one could cut tickets from a package of Bar-S Hot Dogs. When the Quebec Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche, the speed, quality of play, and ticket prices went up significantly.

But I tired of attending games before my health made it difficult. The bad 70s music at every whistle becomes tiresome. They're selling all the tickets they can print and I don't expect they miss me. But I continually wonder how many fans actually like hockey. I think those who do are watching at home.

No bag is more mixed for the couch potato than technology and sports. Technology can make viewing sports events on the scene at ball parks, stadiums, and tennis courts more irritating, as in the instance of the Jumbotron, while making viewing them at home more pleasing. Owing to DVRs, replays, slow-motion cameras, and the rest, watching sports on television makes the couch potato feel in better control of the game experience. I haven't been to more than five or six hockey games in my life, but at none of them have I ever actually seen a goal get scored; I only saw people around me jump to their feet and begin to scream. Only through television replay, usually entailing a slow-motioning of the action, have I seen goals scored. Reliance on replays applies to so many other fast-action moments in sports.

I understand bad music is coming to the NFL this year. Load up the 'fridge...

Posted by John Kranz at 2:08 PM | Comments (4)
But Steve D thinks:

'The bad 70s music at every whistle becomes tiresome.'

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. That music, only the toughest fans can endure; bad 70s music (like fighting) is a hockey (Canadian) tradition Americans always want to suppress, going back at least to the 1950s. Ha!

Posted by: Steve D at August 22, 2013 2:54 PM
But jk thinks:

Heh. I always enjoy watching the 1956 Wings-Habs Stanley Cup Final. Having the TiVo, I can fast forward through the Zeppelin tunes...

Posted by: jk at August 22, 2013 3:03 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I've never been overstimulated at an Avs game. The Nuggets dancing girls are a win/lose proposition if you ask me. Cheesy, yes, but fun to look at.

Also, some might be impressed that I just corresponded with Jeff Beck via email.

Posted by: johngalt at August 22, 2013 4:13 PM
But jk thinks:

!!!! Very impressed !!! Ask him how he got that sustain on "'Cause we've ended as lovers."

Cheerleaders/dancers get a pass because you can look at them or not (at least theoretically... Well....)

Duke Ellington taught us that music is the space in between the notes. So, too, is a critical part of sports the tension and uncertainty between plays/pitches/face-offs. TiVo rocks, but power-watching the game to escape the breaks decreases the excitement.

I would chat with a companion about "wasn't that a great save" or "are you going to eat the rest of that hot dog" or "how could that blind runt of a pig referee have missed that hooking?" But - the second the whistle blows "AAAAAAAAAAH-EEEE-YAHHHH AHHH!"

Posted by: jk at August 22, 2013 4:42 PM

July 10, 2013

"saucily exhibiting Kelly Slater's package"

There are many reasons to embed the preceding promotional video. I'll try to hit them all, in no particular order.


Product placements for HTC phones and Windows Phone OS, which they refer to as "Surface" at the end of the promo.

A hip soundtrack, featuring a group I'd never heard before.

Feminist schadenfreude. After all, has there ever been, in the history of advertising, a man who complained that a woman in a commercial was "sexualised?" The commenter's mindset is clearly revealed by the term "typical blonde size six surfer girl." Jealous much?

Equality. This one nearly provokes me to profanity. It is fast replacing altruism as, in my opinion, the most dangerous and dispicable idea in human thought. To wit:

So what exactly is so offensive this time, as the surfing giant is merely using a tried and tested marketing approach? Probably the fact that this little voyeuristic semi soft-core porn clip is representing a professional sport which has been fighting a long and ongoing battle for gender equality.

Please. Men and women are - wait for it - differ'nt. Commercial advertising is as free-market as anything else left in this world and its practitioners have discovered a formula that works. You may not like the formula, and you may not like that it works, but no amount of snippy commentary will ever change those facts.

Freedom. Freedom to voluntarily participate in a promo video featuring ass shots, of your own ass. "12 butt shots in one minute and 46 seconds exactly." Huzzah! Perhaps you'd prefer if she wore a burka, Ms. Salvo? As a father of daughters, I have no objections whatsoever to this promo. Natural, athletic beauty is nothing to hide or to battle against using shame, much less the government regulation that is so routinely resorted to in such matters of "inequality." You, who claim to seek "gender equality" would have more credibility if you didn't object to the same "offenses" as does the Taliban.

Did I mention badonkadonk?

Hat tip to Tully Corcoran and the "Popular Now" feed on Bing.

Posted by JohnGalt at 9:24 PM | Comments (7)
But jk thinks:

And I speak fluent Redmondonian. The tablet at 0:29 is Microsoft's "Surface:" positioned to destroy the iPad about the same time ads like this lose their efficacy and appeal.

Posted by: jk at July 11, 2013 9:41 AM
But johngalt thinks:

In "North Colorado" the iPad will be illegal.

Posted by: johngalt at July 11, 2013 2:02 PM
But Sugarchuck thinks:

What strat?

Posted by: Sugarchuck at July 11, 2013 4:21 PM
But jk thinks:

Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Make sc miss a Red Strat with a rosewood fretboard and you're doing something right!

Posted by: jk at July 11, 2013 5:20 PM
But johngalt thinks:

He must have been mesmorized by the hip soundtrack. And I too, since it easily merited its own bullet point on this, the successor to the blog for "Jazz, Guitars, and Right Wing Politics."

Posted by: johngalt at July 11, 2013 6:32 PM
But jk thinks:

There was a soundtrack?

Posted by: jk at July 11, 2013 6:42 PM

May 27, 2013

Libertario Delenda Est

Reason comes out for the DH! That's it, it's over between us. I think we should start seeing other think tanks and foundations.

But I gotta admit, Steve Chapman has some style:

I once regarded the designated hitter as a hideous and cancerous blight that would inevitably lead to the collapse of civilization. I still do, but I can live with that. What I can no longer endure is the sight of gifted athletes victimized by a conspiracy to make them look like clowns.

Requiring pitchers to bat is like telling Bob Dylan to smile. It misuses their talent, lowers the quality of play, subjects them to pointless risk and probably causes irreparable loss of self-esteem.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:05 AM | Comments (2)
But AndyN thinks:

I recall from his autobiography that Cal Ripken, Jr played pitcher in high school. By his account, he chose to switch to shortstop when he started playing in the minors because he wanted to be on the field every game rather than risk having a major league scout in the stands on a day he had off as a pitcher. Maybe he wouldn't have been a stand-out if he'd stayed a pitcher, and maybe he wouldn't even have made the majors, but if he had I don't think he'd have needed someone else to bat for him.

I also vaguely recall a game where the Yankees sent Wade Boggs to the mound and he pitched a no hit inning, mostly with knuckle balls, which I'm sure the catcher was just as happy about as the batters were. I think it was an extra innings game and they were running low on relievers, but I'm not sure.

I'm more of a football fan than baseball fan, and it seems there's a parallel with players like Hines Ward and Brian Mitchell who excelled at quarterback at other levels of the sport before becoming standouts at other positions in the pros.

I guess that point I'm shooting for is that people who are exceptionally athletic - as even the worst major league ballplayers are - can do a lot of things at least kind of well. I don't expect pitchers to be competing for the batting title, but it shouldn't be too much to ask that they put a little effort into contributing offensively.

Posted by: AndyN at May 27, 2013 2:12 PM
But Jk thinks:

I guess my inner economist likes the Ricardian specialization, but the strategy of managing around that pitcher spot strikes me as a big source of excitement.

This weekend against the Giants, I was staggered when they batted Nicasio in the sixth. Two outs, runner on second. A pinch hitter may have scored the runner. As it happened, the young pitcher put runners on and the mighty Rox fall.

I rarely question a manager, far simpler strategic concerns elude me. But.........

Posted by: Jk at May 27, 2013 4:13 PM

April 30, 2013

Quote of the Day

ADDENDUM: I saw on Twitter someone declare that Tim Tebow is an example of how "God loves us, but that doesn't mean he won't test us." Indeed, and I find that the instrument of his testing is quite often the New York Jets. -- Jets' fan Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 9:27 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Related: "Is it too late for Tim Tebow to come out and declare that he's gay? Then the NFL would have to find a team for him to play for." -- Rush Limbaugh today

Posted by: johngalt at April 30, 2013 2:51 PM

March 22, 2013

The longest-running ThreeSources argument is settled

I may have mentioned that blog friend Sugarchuck and I go back a ways.

I was a goalie (his Dad called me "sieve" as long as he lived), a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, and my hero was Ken Dryden. SC, the defensemen, preferred the Bruins and Bobby Orr.

I must cede our longest running argument: The best hockey player ever turns 65 this week.

This kid, this prodigy, was a force that never had been seen in the NHL, an offensive-minded defenseman. He controlled the puck for longer stretches of time, skated wherever he wanted as if he were playing a game of keep-away back home on a pond in Parry Sound, Ont. He became the first (and only) defenseman to lead the NHL in scoring. He did it twice. In a seven-year span, only he or teammate Phil Esposito led the league in scoring. Esposito, a large-size center, did much of his work on rebounds and redirects of Orr shots from the point.

Even better than the kid's scoring was his style. He moved in great loops and swoops, one end of the ice to the other. Defensemen mostly had been restricted in their movements in the past, required always to stay in zones, think about turning back to help protect the goalie. Orr was fast enough, confident enough to get back from anywhere. There were no boundaries. Not for him. The entire ice surface was his zone.

The greatest. Changed the game.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:10 PM | Comments (0)

March 13, 2013

A Puff of White Smoke Rises over Dove Valley

As the Broncos sign Wes ^*@%^ing Welker!

Posted by John Kranz at 5:23 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

Yeahbut - Isn't he the guy who Tom Brady's wife blamed for a Super Bowl loss? Just trying to keep yer feet on the ground. Yes, he's definitely an upgrade from Stokley. Uh-rah.

Posted by: johngalt at March 13, 2013 6:51 PM
But jk thinks:

Well, if I looked like Tom Brady's wife, I would say a lot of outlandish things on the Inter -- wait a minute...

Posted by: jk at March 13, 2013 7:38 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Does Ashley Manning have a Twitter account?

Posted by: johngalt at March 14, 2013 11:33 AM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I don't know, but I understand that Peyton Manning sent Tom Brady pictures of himself throwing short passes to Wes Welker.


Cruel and unusual, and I heartily approve.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at March 15, 2013 12:17 AM
But jk thinks:

Mondo heh: "'That really hurt Tommy, because he and Wesley always liked to pretend that they won Super Bowls,' said Bundchen. 'They never did together, of course, but what imaginations!'"

Posted by: jk at March 15, 2013 9:50 AM

February 22, 2013

Friday Fun

DAVE'S ART LOCKER suggests british logos for all 32 NFL teams.

Hat-tip: Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 5:13 PM | Comments (0)

February 4, 2013

Thus Begins Seven Months of Darkness

Several superior locutions have entered my lexicon thanks to blog friend -- and longtime personal friend --sc. This one might be from his lovely bride, but the day after the Super Bowl is the start of "Seven Months of Darkness" without professional football. One of them said it casually, but we have gravely intoned it in our home every winter since.

I'm troubled by changes to the game for player safety. Let me say that -- apart from Ray Lewis -- I like the idea of player safety and applaud all efforts to protect pros and more importantly, younger athletes.

Yet, one thing our culture does very poorly, all the time is assess risk. [Short on-topic digression: don't wait for Review Corner to buy and tread Nassim Taleb's "Antifragility;" it is a thing of beauty.] Our least rational risk assessment concerns personal safety. We see it in the gun rights debate. For the most egregious examples, read "America's Worst Mom," Lenore Skenazy's Free Range Kids. Statistically insignificant examples of "stranger danger" are creating a generation that will never see the sunshine. Runaway Toyotas anybody?

When the media and lawyers get on a tear, data does not stand a chance.

I have not studied the data on youth football and accept that new links are being found. These are worthy of investigation, worthy of equipment research, and worthy of potential rules changes. Fran Tarkington published an interesting piece accusing the NFL of punting on performance enhancing drugs, resulting in larger players and a concomitantly more violent game. Interesting.

But we all know these interesting and valid items will drive neither the debate nor the remedies. Those will all be driven by breathless media narratives and lawsuits. Steve Chapman:

If football falls into decline, it may not be the result of fans turning away, athletes avoiding it, or parents forbidding it. It may be from lawyers representing players who sustained chronic traumatic encephalopathy and expect to be compensated for the damage.

Already, more than 4,000 former players are suing the NFL, claiming it failed to warn them of the hazards. The family of San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau, whose autopsy revealed CTE after his suicide last year, has filed a wrongful death suit against the league. The Seaus are also accusing Riddell Inc. of making unsafe helmets.

The Plaintiff's Bar has ruined everything else, why not instantiate permanent darkness?

Posted by John Kranz at 11:25 AM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

As a young boy growing up in a nice Denver neighborhood I was addressed by a middle-aged male in an old four door sedan. As I cautiously approached within earshot I observed that the man appeared fully nude and, for some reason I did not then understand, had one hand in his lap. My personal stat for lifetime contact with a potentially dangerous stranger is 100 percent.

In a comparable situation I would hope that any of my children would be at least as wise as I was to run away, but my preference is that my children be within sight of a responsible adult at all times. Along with the likelyhood of any risk must also be considered the severity of it ocurring.

I suggest that the same analysis applies to contact sports. A responsible adult may assume whatever risk he chooses, GIVEN ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE HE HAS AT THE TIME. If new information comes to light he may reconsider at any time. Nobody forced anyone to play football. Nor girls soccer for that matter, where college level players are more than twice as likely to sustain a concussion than is a football player, according to Jim Nantz. But the key here is that the decision is an INDIVIDUAL one. Not the government's and not "society's." These notions are the inevitable result of the movement to grant a so-called "right to free medical care."

Posted by: johngalt at February 4, 2013 3:36 PM
But jk thinks:

We're on the same page on football. I see the individual parent decision's being made at the NY Times or Bar association. An emailer last night -- a parent with athletic offspring -- suggested that soon grade school athletics just will not be able to acquire insurance for these activities and will close them down. On the Journal Editorial Report last weekend, Paul Gigot recounted his athletic career and mused about all the absolute benefits that could have been lost over potential risk.

On your personal story, I don't want to exceed my bounds; feel free to not respond or tell me to jump in the lake. But I wonder whether you would trade the bulk of your autonomous childhood experiences: riding your bike alone and staying out with your friends for having an adult around the time it was most needed.

I think it is swell that we no longer throw the kids in the back of a station wagon and drive down I-40 through the desert at 90 mph on bias ply tires. But like many of those that survived, I wonder that the padded playground with no monkey bars impedes the child's ability to accurately assess risk.

Posted by: jk at February 5, 2013 6:36 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I submit it is not too early to start writing your congressman asking that Obamacare be expanded to cover grade school athletic injuries, explicitly indemnifying public and private schools from liability.

As for your hypothetical, it is easy now to answer "No, I choose my freedom over my safety" as I now know I suffered no injury at the hands of a nefarious stranger. But consider the impact on those who have, as summarized on page 16 of this state (Colorado) mandated Community Notification of a Sexually Violent Predator's parole into a small community.

As for the statistical significance, refer to pages 14-15. Admittedly up to 90 percent are not strangers, but the danger is no less real or severe.

I fully agree that the impulse to avoid everyday risks is generally overblown, just not in the case of sexual assaults.

Posted by: johngalt at February 6, 2013 2:58 PM
But jk thinks:

January 13, 2013


Train your child for an NFL career -- I'm thinking any athletic child could be trained to place kick with a lot of work. I further suggest that the roster and 11 count render that specialty expensive.

Watching several big returns in the playoffs, imagine how valuable a great kicker who is a good special teams cover would be. A big, athletic tight-end sized guy who could kick could write his own ticket. Let the 135 lb. guys play soccer.

Posted by John Kranz at 4:56 PM | Comments (0)

No Joy in Mudville

The mighty and righteous Broncos has ten chances to win yesterday and left each ticket on the floor. The thuggish Ravens had one chance and took it. The officials were bona fide suck-ass but nobody can credibly blame them for the loss.

So well done, birdies, hope the Pats smash you next week. If you want me, I'll be crying into my coffee.

This being ThreeSources, there is a public policy angle: I'm expecting a push for a subsidized domed stadium in Denver now that we have a brilliant but weather-challenged QB.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:43 AM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

No new stadium initiative until after we install a head coach who is:

Willing to let the greatest hurry-up passing QB in league history at least try to get in position for a game-winning field goal;

Exhorts his QB and OC to "throw the damn ball" from time to time in the second half;

Smart enough to know not to get conservative on offense until there is at least a two-score lead;

Intimidating enough to the on-field officials that they don't dare call phantom penalties against his bunch lest they endure a profanity laced spittle shower for at least half a minute;

Absolutely, positively, beyond any doubt SURE that his secondary knows how to play prevent defense.

The humanity. The Ravens may well beat the Gronk-less Patriots. I care nothing about either team but will likely root for a Ravens win. But it will be harder against the Pats than the Broncos because, like the Ravens, New England understands how to play team football in the playoffs.

And yes, I'm now more intimidated by the Chiefs new head coaching hire.

Posted by: johngalt at January 14, 2013 2:18 PM
But jk thinks:

It's almost as if you haven't gotten over the game... (Yes, kidding!)

I share a few of your concerns with Coach Fox. Champions do not sit on a lead.

But I disagree orthogonally with one. Too many years watching Coach Shanahan, perhaps, but I think Coach Fox is too demonstrative not too cool. Undisciplined teams win regular season games with talent but discipline wins championships (cf. San Diego Chargers). The Coach who is popping blood vessels on the sideline over every PI call always seems to watch an opposing drive extended with a 15-yard personal foul. Every time.

Posted by: jk at January 14, 2013 5:35 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Perhaps I was projecting. But the 3rd and 1 holding call against the Broncos offense, the 3rd down defensive holding against (don't remember) and pass interference call against Champ were replacement ref garbage. It's the biggest stage of the NFL season. Let them play without calling petty imagined offenses. How else does a head coach alter officiating behavior?

Posted by: johngalt at January 14, 2013 7:37 PM
But jk thinks:

Brutally bad officiating. I think the "all-star" refs have to go and the teams that work together all year should do the playoffs. That might help.

Coaches' saliva? I'm not sure that changes hearts & minds. And I do worry that it makes the team feel that the reasons for their loss are exogenous when they're not.

Posted by: jk at January 15, 2013 10:25 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I won't say you're wrong but you can't say I am either. Bad calls are a gray area, and some are more innocuous than others. A PI call on 2nd and 2 is different than on 3rd and 7, for example. I'm not suggesting a coach try to get the ref to make calls in his favor, but to make them think twice before throwing the laundry AGAINST his team, i.e. no borderline stuff.

But if losing in the playoffs this year is what it takes to unload Mike McCoy on the Super Chargers it may be worth it after all. :)

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2013 2:48 PM

January 10, 2013

Lance and Oprah

Two people with superfluous last names are set to meet, according to Jason Gay in the WSJ.

Blog friend Sugarchuck has a great riff. Whenever a politician is in the soup for a deep scandal, sc will say "wait eleven months, he'll cry on 'Oprah' and will be back in business." He is usually correct.

As the ESPN writer Don Van Natta Jr. posted on Twitter, "You don't go on Oprah to confess. You go on Oprah to be forgiven."

I think the count of Lance defenders now stands at about three. But it includes me and the lovely bride. To be fair, I am not certain of his innocence, but I remain a big fan of due process and proportionality in punishment.
If you care about pro cycling you get used to being swept aside in the cultural mainstream. You're accustomed to cycling being a low priority. When you watch pro cycling on TV, it's always on the funny channels at the end of the dial, next to stations that sell abdominal flexors and pantyhose that also make waffles. You get used to the fact that bike racing in the U.S. is mostly an unglamorous place.

I remain an ex-cycling fan and have distilled a reason I can explain.

Concerns of performance enhancements have caused MLB to induct zero baseball greats into the Hall of Fame this year. Kudlow points out that this will devastate Cooperstown businesses. But a statement is being made, and the astonishing careers of Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and an impressive list of potential inductees will likely not get so honored. And I am cool with that.

I am fine with fines.

Even making them answer questions from Rep. Henry Waxman (Vampire - CA) seems almost humane.

But they did not ask players to return their rings. They did not rewrite the books. Even in the Black Sox Scandal and the replacement refs' Green Bay game, the scores went down in the books. This idea of stripping titles is an insult to the fans and deleterious to the already small seriousness the sport enjoys. You stand on the podium, you wear the Maillot jaune, you won the Tour. You don't get a FedEx package of yellow jerseys and a certificate that says you won in 1997. That's crazy.

UPDATE: All Hail Taranto!


Posted by John Kranz at 11:25 AM | Comments (9)
But johngalt thinks:

I know only slightly more than nothing but here goes...

In Lance's case we're not talking about steroids. It's something that causes your body to produce more red blood cells and give your body more oxygen consumption capacity. And my undestanding, or at least my impression, is that yes, EVERYBODY used it. The bureaucrats go after Lance because nobody cares if the 2nd through last place finishers are disqualified.

MLB? Yes, some steroid use, but otherwise largely the same story. So individual players face this choice: Break the rules like everyone else is or be unable to compete and lose your job. The choice is a simple one.

As for the college precedent, I heard recently that the state of Pennsylvania, independent of any university involvement, is challenging the NCAA's Penn State sanctions in court.

Posted by: johngalt at January 10, 2013 2:57 PM
But jk thinks:

Not included is the consideration of what the bar is for "dirty." Armstrong provided 500 blood samples out of which (let's see, divide by four, carry the one...) zero tested positive. If the USADA or the ICF cannot provide a dispositive test for the compounds they deem illegal, I think the bar might be set too low.

In defense of the sport I used to enjoy: it is a poetic, strategic, athletic event of unrivaled splendor. They have a problem because the marginal benefits of PEDs are huge -- they spend thousands shaving a gram off a bike.

I suggest that the tough stance does not make the sport look clean, but rather makes the actual contests unimportant. Read "Cycling News" in 2025 to see who won this year -- any predictions before then are speculative.

Posted by: jk at January 10, 2013 3:05 PM
But dagny thinks:

On a related subject, I recommend a science fiction novel called Achilles Choice by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes.

Posted by: dagny at January 10, 2013 3:26 PM
But jk thinks:

This is even better than data storage...

And, after pondering the tale of Rosie Ruiz (which everybody but me seems to know) I have to contest the comparison. I watched Lance win a couple tours and I watched him get his ass kicked by Alberto Contador on Alpe d'Huez. Neither time was he riding the bus. He was managing his team, composing strategy on the fly, and riding hundred-eighty mile days over several steep mountains.

Misters Bonds and McGwire were not using electric bats either.

Posted by: jk at January 10, 2013 4:11 PM
But Sugarchuck thinks:

Lance Armstrong's competitor's did the same things he did, rode the same race and followed the same course. He did it with assistance, a chemical bus ride, if you will. True Barry Bonds didn't have an electric bat but then neither did anybody else. He took a needle and rode the bus too. Cheating is cheating. Obviously I don't know what Arnstrong did or didn't do and I don't much care, but if he did cheat I'd strip his win.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at January 10, 2013 4:36 PM
But jk thinks:

I object to the comparison of the metaphoric and corporal bus ride. Ms. Ruiz displayed a level of cheating above McGwire, whom I think cheated more than Armstrong. There's a scale of Mens Rea is there not?

Posted by: jk at January 10, 2013 5:36 PM

October 25, 2012

Ex-Sports Brands

For those who forgot -- and I confess I did:

The World Series looks good. The NFL has recovered from a (sorry, Packers' Fans) minor kerfuffle. I s'pect most people whose income does not derive from hockey are getting by just fine.

And maybe y'all are bored with my Lance Armstrong sycophantsy, but cui bono? Lance has been stripped of his historic and heroic accomplishment. Now the sport looks clean? I submit that the Armstrong fans are cheesed off that seven wins can be airbrushed away without due process. Are the others happy? Does any of this accrue to the integrity of cycling or does it make it seem even more a childish pursuit.

As one who loves each of these sports, it hurts to see their being thrown away.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:14 PM | Comments (0)

October 22, 2012

We cut down that tall tulip!

I realize there is a nonzero probability that Lance Armstrong is guilty. But there is no evidence after decades of trying. After more than 500 surprise blood tests.

But the facts be damned. We're not going to let his heroic life stand.

GENEVA--Lance Armstrong was officially stripped of his titles Monday by cycling's governing body in the latest chapter in the doping allegations against the seven times Tour de France champion.

Armstrong gave up fighting these Joverts so he could continue with his life. I don't plan to watch the Tour next year, I am giving up, too.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:15 PM | Comments (2)
But Sugarchuck thinks:

I'd like to see the results of our second and third runner's up.i wonder how far down the roster they have to go to find a clean winner.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at October 22, 2012 4:03 PM
But jk thinks:

Your point is taken, but it presupposes the existence an objective test. To the US Anti-Doping Agency (not an Ayn Rand fiction) you're guilty when you tire of fighting. Nobody is ever innocent.

Posted by: jk at October 22, 2012 5:45 PM

September 27, 2012

Can the replacement refs skate?

Here we go again...

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the remainder of the 2012 preseason schedule. The cancellation of the preseason schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL.
Posted by John Kranz at 3:38 PM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee is pleased to report that his season tickets to the DU Pioneers arrived this week. Eat your hearts out, Avs fans!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at September 27, 2012 11:38 PM

September 5, 2012

A discouraging word...

I'm all about recognizing and promoting young talent.

But you don't make the "Rookie of the Year" your team captain do you? (That's like making a "Community Organizer" be President.)

I love Gabriel Landeskog and hope I am really really wrong. But he is a superstar-in-training who would profit from the advice of more veteran players. And other young teammates would benefit from a more experienced leader.

Nope, I just don't buy it.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:17 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

The Avalanche have a locker room chemistry problem.

Landeskog has a good attitude. One that team management wants to nurture.

Landeskog, aged 19 years, is named team captain.

If that doesn't send a message I can't think of anything that will. B'sides, could this be any worse than last season?

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2012 2:07 PM
But jk thinks:

By W-L, probably not. By potentially ruining an inchoate hall of famer, yeah. Hell, make him GM too.

I think John Elway was set back by the same mentality. Yeah, he got over it but three or four seasons of John Elway football or Gabe Landeskog hockey is a scarce resource not to be wasted.

You pull the rookie pitcher out of the ten run inning, you don't pull your 20 year old captain.

Posted by: jk at September 5, 2012 3:11 PM

August 24, 2012

Three Cheers for Libertarians

Reason stuns me on Facebook today. I'm not going to promote the stupid picture with an embed, but it shows a wrist with a yellow Livestrong® bracelet that says "CHEAT TO WIN."

I got twitchy fingers and commented before reading the others:

Then I opened the current comment thread. It was like Christmas. You have to go way down the list to find even an equivocal one:

UPDATE: Sponsors sticking with Lance.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:24 AM | Comments (8)
But johngalt thinks:

The back story is far more nuanced and interesting than are the headlines. After a federal court in Texas declined to stop the USADA's single-minded pursuit of Armstrong, "the USADA set an August 23 deadline to either choose arbitration or accept a lifetime ban for Armstrong."

But Texas federal judge Sam Sparks had plenty to say prior to dismissing Armstrong's injunction case against USADA:

In the opinion, Sparks takes USADA to task, stating, "there are troubling aspects of this case, not least of which is USADA's apparent single-minded determination to force Armstrong to arbitrate the charges against him, in direct conflict with UCI's equally evident desire not to proceed against him."

In another note, Sparks writes, "Among the Court's concerns is the fact that USADA has targeted Armstrong for prosecution many years after his alleged doping violations occurred, and intends to consolidate his case with those of several other alleged offenders, including - incredibly - several over whom USA Cycling and USOC apparently have no authority whatsoever. Further, if Armstrong's allegations are true, and USADA is promising lesser sanctions against other allegedly offending riders in exchange for their testimony against Armstrong, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that USADA is motivated more by politics and a desire for media attention than faithful adherence to its obligations to USOC."

Posted by: johngalt at August 24, 2012 11:59 AM
But jk thinks:

And three cheers for ThreeSourcers! I expected to be lonesome on this.

Lance's politics have been an interesting question. He used to train with President Bush and sleep with Sheryl Crow (presumably at different times of the day) so one can speculate.

Thanks for the link. What I did not get from Lance's letter was the ultimatum set -- by the USADA -- of Aug 23. They leaked salacious accusations to a Danish paper on the second day of the Tour de France, then they set this up for the second day of the Pro Cycling challenge.

No the guys are clearly not headline grabbers -- they are just out to protect the children!

Posted by: jk at August 24, 2012 12:54 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The wiki page for "Lance Armstrong" has a politics section. It quotes Lance saying he doesn't choose a party because he fears it would diminish his access to the other half of government. It also cites his active support for a California ballot initiative to tax cigarettes an extra buck a pack to fund cancer research. (Perhaps gov't doesn't appreciate the competition?)

Sadly, this looks like nothing more than another case of Tall Poppy Syndrome.

Posted by: johngalt at August 24, 2012 1:30 PM
But jk thinks:

Tall Poppy in the US and an undercurrent of anti-Americanism abroad. Perhaps if the US does not stand up for due process, her foes have a point.

I have commented negatively on his/Livestrong's smoking bans on Facebook and have been surprised there as well that I am not alone; I'm never the only one to disagree with coercion. But, if your gig is Cancer prevention, I can shrug my shoulders at your over-exuberance.

Posted by: jk at August 24, 2012 1:49 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I haven't yet seen signs of anti-Americanism (at least, not from outside of America.) As Judge Sparks observed, "in direct conflict with UCI's [International Cycling Union] equally evident desire not to proceed against him."

Posted by: johngalt at August 24, 2012 2:01 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

USADA has little man syndrome, like so many wannabe pundits in our 24/7 media age. Best advice is to ignore them; and for Lance to have a headline photo next month, showing him holding his medals and wearing yellow :-)

Posted by: nanobrewer at August 25, 2012 12:15 PM

August 1, 2012


We've all agreed that, to some extent, certain aspects of the Olympic Games suck. But if you didn't watch the women's team gymnastics final this evening because of disgust over subjective scoring or some other shortcoming of the spectacle then you denied yourself a moment of history. For the second time ever the US women's team won the gold medal. They did it in style, with a 5-point margin over the silver medal Russian team, and a rapid-fire barrage of nearly perfect routines including one vault by McKayla Maroney that, by every account was in fact perfect. On vault. On beam. The floor exercise. The confidence and competence of the US gymnasts was breathtaking. They would have given the best Romanian and Russian teams in history the fight of their lives.


Posted by JohnGalt at 12:25 AM | Comments (1)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

I confess that despite my earlier pronouncements about not watching judged events I couldn't help myself. It was terrific. I embrace and celebrate my hypocriticality.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 1, 2012 1:16 PM

July 30, 2012


I took to the comments of a recent post to defend the Olympic movement on the basis of individual competition and excellence, and the opportunity for athletes to measure themselves against each other to find the best in the world. I also said, "If the Olympics were a competition to see who could be the most "average" I would ridicule and despise them." I meant this as comparative example rather than the prescience it has now become.

United States artistic gymnast Jordyn Wieber is the reigning world champion in her sport. In qualifying events for the final field of twenty-four gymnasts from which medals in the Individual All Around competition will be awarded based on score, Wieber's score was the fourth highest. Despite this, Wieber will not be allowed to compete for a medal versus the three who scored higher than her and the twenty who scored lower. Jordan Wieber was disqualified, not by some infraction she committed, but because two of her American teammates also made the All Around final and did so with scores higher than hers. For reasons that can only be interpreted as egalitarian, IOC rules prohibit more than two individual athletes from the same nation advancing to the finals.

Boo! Ridiculous. Two other athletes, one from Great Britain and another from China, suffered the same injustice although their scores ranked them 21 and 22 respectively and neither of them is the REIGNING WORLD CHAMPION IN HER SPORT.

Weiber is not the only loser in this sad saga. Whomever ultimately wins the gold medal will not be able to say she is the best artistic woman gymnast in the world. One who may have kicked her ass all over the spring floor was told "get lost - thanks for playing."

I plan to write my congressman. On this count, the Olympics suck.

UPDATE: David Wallechinsky, author of 'The Complete Book of the Olympics' said the Olympic philosophy is "we want to spread the wealth, we want to spread sport to other parts of the world."

But Wieber's failure to make a final that her scores suggest she clearly deserved points to a philosophy run amok, says Mr. Wallechinsky. "Sure, let them compete in the Olympics, but you don't have to let them compete in the final," he says.

Click through for a good background on the rule, first imposed for the 2004 games.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:13 PM | Comments (9)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

For the 2016 Summer Olympics, the IOC will be adding a new position to their staff, with the title of Handicapper General. There will be some interesting new methods for ensuring that no nation and no competitor dominates.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 30, 2012 5:24 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Brother jg, to clarify - the sports federations make up the competition rules. The IOC and the organizing commitee make all the even stupider rules about teeth grilles and threatening businesses who arrange five bagels like the Olympic rings...

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 30, 2012 6:17 PM
But jk thinks:

And to clarify my position: nothing like this ever happens on "Kudlow & Company."

Posted by: jk at July 30, 2012 6:23 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Fair cop, Guv. And yet, I still love baseball despite the DH.

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 7:25 PM
But Jk thinks:

Nooooooo! Kudlow is off for two weeks, for the Olympics.

Posted by: Jk at July 30, 2012 11:10 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Upon further review, including your update, I agree. The Olympics suck.

I will still watch women's beach volleyball, however.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 31, 2012 3:22 PM

July 3, 2012

Headline of the Day

Oh my.

Adidas gives Andy Murray new shorts after balls pop out

Adidas has provided Andy Murray with a new pair of shorts after his tennis balls repeatedly popped out of his shorts during his victory against Marcos Baghdatis.

Of course. And you thought they meant ???

Hat-tip (in the context of "completely lifted from"): @pourmecoffee

Posted by John Kranz at 5:38 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

And now, you cannot even read ThreeSources "for the articles..."

Posted by: jk at July 3, 2012 5:43 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

I thought the HOTD was going to be "Bloomberg Exclaims During Speech: 'Who Wrote This Sh*t?" but this is even better!

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 3, 2012 6:51 PM

April 27, 2012

Go Bruins!

No Goal! says former NHL ref Kerry Fraser.

Kerry wrote on TSN.ca, "In Boston, reality struck when the series ended with a Game 7 overtime goal that was manufactured by Mike Knuble in another example of goalkeeper interference."

He continued, "Knuble continued on his path entering deep into the goal crease and made sufficient physical contact with the Bruins goalie to knock him off his set position and back toward the goal line."

What Fraser is referring to is NHL rule 69.1 that the refs on the ice clearly missed.

It's like folks in our Nation's capital just operate by their own set of rules or something...

Posted by John Kranz at 6:02 PM | Comments (0)

March 30, 2012

The Other Side

At ThreeSources, we must always give fair consideration to the opinions and feelings of those on the other side. We can't just pretend that the world does not include some...Jets fans. Jim Geraghty:

When the Tebow trade went down, I said I needed time to process it. A runaway cultural phenomenon and social lightning rod I generally admire coming to my favorite team that has a whole bunch of needs to meet high expectations. Sheesh.

First, read my distinguished colleague Dan Foster's thoughts, shortly after the trade:

Tebow is a high-character, likeable guy, but there is only so far that takes you in a locker room full of NFL-sized egos (Jets CB Antonio Cromartie has been tweeting against the Tebow trade since the first whiff of it) and a fanbase on the bad end of 40 years of disappointment. His presence takes a volatile locker room and makes it more volatile still. . . .

Does anyone think the New York media will take an interest in Tebow's social life? They are going to eat the kid alive.

I am not a happy Jets fan at the moment. Nor am I happy Tebow fan. Welcome to the worst of both worlds.

Still, watching that press conference, I fell in love with the kid. What a healthy attitude toward his sport, his profession, his teammates, his fans, and life in general. Think about it: He takes the helm of the Broncos, gets them to the playoffs, gets them a playoff win, gives the franchise the most buzz, excitement, and energy since Elway retired, and then gets unceremoniously tossed in favor of an aging veteran with a neck that appears to be held together with duct tape. In his shoes, I'd feel a little bitter, snubbed. The chip on my shoulder would be powerful enough to meet the processing requirements of Deep Blue.

And yet here he is last night:
In a short statement linked to his Twitter feed, Tebow wrote, "Well, that was an interesting couple of weeks! Now that things have finally settled down a bit, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you great Denver fans for all of your support.

"The ride that we were able to enjoy together this past season is something that I will always cherish. I'd also like to thank all of my former coaches and teammates as it was an honor to play for and alongside each of you. I will always be grateful to the Broncos organization for giving me the initial opportunity to fulfill my dream of being an NFL quarterback."

Perhaps, alone, in the dark, when no one is looking, Tim Tebow curses a blue streak and swears revenge on everyone who's ever wronged him. But I doubt it. Off the field, I think he'll still be the guy who exemplifies everything we want to see in a professional athlete. And on the field, I think the Jets will end up calling a surprising number of halfback options. You will probably see Mark Sanchez and Tebow on the field simultaneously (Sanchez usually lined up as a wide receiver during the Jets' previous wildcat plays). Defenses could see both Sanchez and Tebow in the huddle and not know who would be lining up under center. If the Jets really plan on getting their money's worth out of Tebow, expect a lot of unexpected runs in likely passing situations and passes in expected running situations and general unpredictability -- a breath of fresh air after the Brian Schottenheimer years.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:29 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

The "football people" in Broncoland kept explaining to us that this would never work. "The NFL is a passing league and you have to have a pocket passer to have lasting success." Many of we Tebow fans didn't dispute this, we just believed Tim could evolve into that style. The boys in Jetland seem to be starting over where we were at the beginning of last season. Hopefully Tebow will not become just a silly midway attraction during his tenure as a Jet. I maintain that eventually, no later than the end of next season, either Tebow or Sanchez will have to be moved off the roster.

Posted by: johngalt at March 30, 2012 2:41 PM

March 28, 2012

RU Ready 4 Some Football?

A good friend of this blog refers to the off-season as "seven months of darkness," but the Manning acquisition has certainly livened things up in Denver. A very warm spring has caused me to procure my new wardrobe early this year. I bought two of each of these, one for me and one for the lovely bride. We plan to wear both with pride.

manning_shirt.gif tebow_shirt.gif

I heard some talking sports heads last night discussing rule changes, specifically the overtime rule. And I am proud to tell ThreeSourcers that I have the perfect solution.

Everybody dislikes the significance of the coin toss. Percentages show the game rests more on heads or tails than offense and defense. All the proposed solutions mitigate this with guaranteed possessions, &c. &c.

The jk solution is to eliminate rather than mitigate the toss. Home team gets the ball first. Playoffs or regular season, it becomes part of the home field advantage. But the best part is the lack of randomness. The home team might play for overtime, but the visitors know they'd better wrap it up. The home crowd would love it, and the playoff seeds take on an even greater importance.

Boom baby! Now to sort out that Israeli-Arab thing...

Posted by John Kranz at 10:05 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Heh. Tebow gets you coming or going.

Here's a good article on John Elway's latest "drive" - the one to sign Peyton Manning. That is, it's good if you are a Broncos fan.

Posted by: johngalt at March 28, 2012 11:00 AM
But jk thinks:

Didn't s'pect I'd be buying Jets gear. Yet I must admit, in a foreshadowing of future Rand appreciation, that I really liked Joe Namath when I was a lad. My whole family detested his "arrogance." But I thought that things seemed to go his way pretty often.

Worry not, gentle readers, my allegiance will not wander from Dove Valley. The Tebow shirt is iconic; Manning is fandom.

Posted by: jk at March 28, 2012 12:39 PM

March 19, 2012


I really don't care about the elections. Or liberty. Or the stock market.

I'm all about rumors:

Peyton Manning called Elway and John Fox this morning and told them the Broncos are his choice and he wants to start exclusive negotiations with the team, according to an NFL source. Inside the Broncos' headquarters, unbridled joy erupted. Manning is about to become a Bronco. A Broncos quarterback worthy of the standard Elway himself set during his 16-year playing career.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:02 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Color me thrilled by the signing, and still a Tebow fan whether he plays for us or someone else.

Posted by: johngalt at March 19, 2012 3:09 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Predictably, KHOW's Dan Kaplis calling it "Black Monday."

Posted by: johngalt at March 19, 2012 5:34 PM

March 6, 2012


Looking for early election tweets (Speaker G wins Georgia, yawn). But:

@AHMalcolm Breaking: Indianapolis Colts to release Peyton Manning Wednesday (via USA Today)

Gimme a big, AFC Wow!

Posted by John Kranz at 8:02 PM | Comments (0)

February 3, 2012


Super Bowl Predictor Fumbles?: Does the winner of the Super Bowl predict the presidential election? The formula goes something like this. If the AFC team (in this case the New England Patriots) wins the Super Bowl, a Republican will take the White House. If the NFC team (NY Giants) wins, a Democrat will.

After the Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC) won in 1980 and the Los Angeles Raiders (AFC) did in 1984, Ronald Reagan won the election. George W. Bush also won after the 2004 New England Patriots (AFC) victory. But the NFC results haven't been as clear. In some instances, like when the Washington Redskins (NFC) and Bill Clinton won in 1992, the Dallas Cowboys (NFC) and Bill Clinton won in 1996, and the New York Giants (NFC) and Barack Obama won in 2008, the formula holds up. But in 1988 (Redskins (NFC) and George H.W. Bush) and in 2000 (St. Louis Rams (NFC) and George W. Bush), the Super Bowl did not predict the winner. -- AEI Blog
Posted by John Kranz at 3:25 PM | Comments (0)

RU Ready 4 Some Football?????

Is there a game this weekend or something?

I won't opine on Brady v Manning for fear of disturbing dagny and sugarchuck, but I will point out a Fran Tarkenton column about what works in the NFL: "financial parity among teams and ruthless meritocracy among players." The financial structure is often credited with league parity. And -- as a private institution -- the NFL may structure any way it sees fit.

My beliefs give me an under-lust for Darwinian selection. Football has finally eclipsed hockey as my favorite sport. Yet, part of me thinks that the Yankees should be able to use their considerable resources as a major-market team to "buy" championships. At the end of the day, however, I must agree with Tarkenton that the "any given Sunday" parity of the NFL provides a superior entertainment product.

Go Pats! (Hey, I'm an AFC guy...)

Posted by John Kranz at 11:58 AM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

I'm expecting an exciting, hard-fought game. I'll be happy whoever wins as my bro-in-law is a huge Giants fan, but I'd rather see the Pats win by double-digits. That would make the Broncos playoff loss "to the eventual Super Bowl champ. And look how bad the beat the Giants."

Toast up some nachos and, let's play!

Posted by: johngalt at February 3, 2012 1:59 PM
But dagny thinks:

jg and I disagree on very little outside of pumpkin pie and, apparently, presidential candidates. But...I don't get this. You don't root FOR the guys who stomped on your team. You root AGAINST the guys who stomped on your team. You want them to get stomped too! So they know what it feels like. GO GIANTS!

Posted by: dagny at February 3, 2012 5:20 PM
But jk thinks:

Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread... Forgive me Johnny Mercer, but I'm going in!

I'm 100% with my blog brother on this (with you on presidential candidates and pro-pumpkin pie, wherever that puts me). I lean AFC but switch in special circumstances. But yes, I love to defend my team's performance with "oh hell, we lost to the champs."

Well, I probably just have a different perspective on this because I have a technical background.

Posted by: jk at February 3, 2012 5:31 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Heh. My perspective is rooted in my medical background.

Posted by: johngalt at February 3, 2012 6:22 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Having no affiliation either way, I'll vote for the Patriots, in hope of becoming a better one.

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 4, 2012 3:56 PM

January 23, 2012

One Man Makes a Difference - Again

Heh. Makes me think of Tiananmen Square! The Boston Bruins were honored with a White House reception today marking the occasion of their Stanley Cup victory last season. The team's players were in attendance, except one.

Nearly every other member of the Bruins was at the ceremony, where President Obama congratulated the team on its victory. Thomas is a staunch conservative and is expected to explain his snub of the president on his Facebook page this evening.
Posted by JohnGalt at 6:47 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

I'm a big Tim Thomas fan but cannot approve of this. It's an honor and was outside the political realm and I think the great netminder makes himself look small.

I go to my moonbat friends' houses and would be happy to accept an invitation to the White House.

Posted by: jk at January 23, 2012 7:32 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I dunno, it seems to be going around.

I would accept an invitation to your moonbat friends' houses, but I've already been to the White House.

Posted by: johngalt at January 24, 2012 12:41 AM
But jk thinks:

I saw that too. Maybe I am very old fashioned, but this is not going to play well. Feeds right into the "Democrats are trying to fix things and Republicans are petulant babies who won't play nice" meme.

I am, however, softening on Thomas:

I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

Yeah, that's pretty good stuff.

Posted by: jk at January 24, 2012 10:40 AM
But johngalt thinks:

That was my sinister plan - Make sports star Thomas look better by spotlighting a man whose JOB is to listen to the other side's best arguments, and REFUTE them.

Operation Sport TEA, successful!

Posted by: johngalt at January 24, 2012 2:11 PM

January 17, 2012

Tweet of the Day

Posted by John Kranz at 11:18 AM | Comments (0)

January 14, 2012


A friend of Brother AlexC:

"Mommy, teacher says everytime the Patriots score a demon gets his horns!"

Posted by John Kranz at 11:26 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

In that case, I forecast a demonic January in New England. Not that I'll be rooting for them, but I think they'll make it to the Super Bowl. If there's any justice in the universe they'll get a rematch with the Giants.

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2012 11:42 AM
But jk thinks:

B'leev I will be rooting for the Pats: a classy, disciplined organization with phenomenal talent, though I can say the same about the Packers and will have Cinderella twitchings about Houston.

I just don't look forward to listening to the "Tebow Haters" all off-season. He's essentially a rookie (16 starts) that never had a training camp (3rd string in 2010, strike and 2nd string in 2011).

I don't know if young Mister Tebow has it or not, but I have seen nothing that proves "not." He came up wanting on the road, in the playoffs, to one of the league's premiere teams playing at its top capacity. It was a long night but it was not proof.

...and another thing -- and I said the same for Kyle Orton -- no, he's not Tom Brady but he surely doesn't have the Patriots' receiving core to throw to. Decker was hurt. You cover DT. He throws it to ????

Posted by: jk at January 15, 2012 12:10 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at January 15, 2012 12:12 PM
But dagny thinks:

Don't like the Patriots. Sorry, JK, but I'm for ABNE (anybody but New England) at this stage. And it's not just cause I'm a sore loser (which I am). Belichek got caught cheating with a video camera a few years ago. Brady is a playboy. And Coach Pinhead errr Hoodie errr McDaniels set the Broncos back 3 years in their re-building process by being an arrogant a**.

On another note, has anyone noticed that all the press conferences before and after games are very civil these days. Everyone is saying (win or lose) how good the other team is and they did a good job and how much they appreciate their teammates. No more Rex Ryan and Superbowl guarantees. I think some of this is example set by Tim Tebow. Or maybe they are just all afraid to be next team to get Tebowed... Are you listening Brian Urlacher???

Posted by: dagny at January 16, 2012 5:09 PM
But jk thinks:

Your opinion is not unique at ThreeSources. I know a household where the name of the Pats coach shall not be invoked... But if I may spill any remaining cred from my Huntsman fling:

-- The taping incident disturbed somewhat, but I am given to believe that similar nonsense goes on all the time. The operative words were your first three: "Belichek got caught."

-- Playboy? A devotee of Ayn Rand decries consensual promiscuity?

-- Coach McD indeed devastated the Broncos. He's a good guy who got in over his head. But I do not hate the Patriots organization because he is in it. A part of me has never forgiven Pat Bowlen for swapping Coach Shanahan for the child, but I'm not one to hold a grudge.

I cannot comment on interview comity -- I never watched them before Tebow. Now I will not leave the set until I've seen the Tebow interview.

Posted by: jk at January 16, 2012 6:02 PM

January 13, 2012

Tebow's Coming

To Boston.

With apologies to Three Dog Night.

Tebow's comin' Tebow's comin' (Tebow's a-comin') Well you better hide your heart, your loving heart Tebow's a-comin' and the cards say... a broken heart

Tebow's comin', hide your heart, girl
Tebow's comin', hide your heart, boy
Tom, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Bill, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Josh, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Girl, Tebow's comin', hide your heart, girl (hide it)
You better, better hide your heart
Tebow's comin', better walk

Walk but you'll never get away No, you'll never get away from the burnin' a-heartache I walked to Apollo by the bay Everywhere I go though, Tebow's a-comin' (she walked but she never got away) Tebow's a-comin' (she walked but she never got away) Tebow's a-comin' and he's comin' to git ya (she walked but... she walked but...) Get down on your knees (she walked but she never got away)

Tebow's comin' (hide it, hide it, hide it)
Tom, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Bill, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Josh, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Girl, Tebow's comin', hide your heart, girl (hide it)
You better, better hide your heart
Tebow's comin', better walk

Walk but you'll never get away
No, you'll never get away from the burnin' a-heartache
I walked to Apollo by the bay
Everywhere I go though, Tebow's a-comin' (he walked but she'll never get
Tebow's a-comin' (she walked but she'll never get away)
Tebow's a-comin' and he's comin' to git ya (she walked but... she walked
Get down on your knees (she walked but she'll never get away)
Get down on your knees

No-no, no-no
Lord, I said no-no, no-no, no-no

(hide it) She can
(hide it) hide it
(hide it) You better
(hide it) Somebody
(hide it) You got t'
(hide it) Oh, my
(hide it) Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:05 PM | Comments (6)
But jk thinks:

Bring back the Virtual Coffeehouse.

Posted by: jk at January 13, 2012 3:56 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Now it's your turn BR.

Posted by: johngalt at January 13, 2012 4:28 PM
But jk thinks:

Hahahahahahaha! But is that a young John Bolton I see in the center?

Posted by: jk at January 13, 2012 5:05 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Dang, first JK and now my own dear dagny "doesn't like that kind of music." I think it's both fabulous and nostalgic. I've been a fan of Three Dog Night's music since before I knew who they were (or what kind of bad life choices they made.) I have vivid memories of walking around the backyard singing "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog" while listening to KIMN radio on my transistor radio.

["Pundints?" "PUNDINTS?" Why can't anyone properly pronounce that word? AAAARGH.]

Posted by: johngalt at January 14, 2012 11:48 AM
But jk thinks:

I was being flippant; I like 3DN okay. I would have preferred "Joy to the World" or "Never Been to Spain."

Posted by: jk at January 14, 2012 2:42 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I wasn't sure. I thought maybe you considered them an acid rock version of 'Chicago Transit Authority' or something.

I've always liked the way that Eli song gradually intensifies, and the image of an approaching inevitibility fit, I thought, with the Tebow-led Broncos march through the playoffs. Clearly, I was wishcasting.

Joy to the world
All the football fans, now
Joy to the Broncos down in Dove Val-ley
Joy to you and me

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2012 12:07 PM

Presented without comment.

Jimmy Fallon's Tebowie

Posted by John Kranz at 11:37 AM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Bring back the Virtual Coffeehouse.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at January 13, 2012 12:35 PM

January 12, 2012

Quote of the Day

For what it's worth, my forays into hoping for divine intervention didn't work out. I prayed fervently before each of the three Super Bowls we Minnesota Vikings played in. We played against the Dolphins, the Steelers and the Raiders. I don't know about the first two games, but I was sure God would be on our side for the game against the Raiders! After all, they were the villains of the league, and it was hard to believe they had more Christians on their team than on our saintly Vikings. We lost. -- Fran Tarkenton
The great QB's column is good and rather complimentary, but feeds into the Tebow-haters' theme that he is "praying for touchdowns" ("belittling real suffering," my hero Penn Jillette said). I'm no football theologian, but it seems pretty clear that the young man seeks personal strength and clarity more than a favorable spot.
Posted by John Kranz at 3:31 PM | Comments (1)
But nanobrewer thinks:

Every time the former QB pops up, I like him more and more (including several quite good appearances on SNL). Mike Rosen read this today in entirety and I thought it excellent.

If I could wish for one thing going forward, it's to be able to write effortlessly with self-effacing grace, like he did. And yes, he did Mr. Tebow a great service.

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 12, 2012 11:47 PM

January 11, 2012

Picture of the Week

That's it! I am never ever ever flying any airline but United:

Photo credit and more rub-it-in-alicious text: LA Times

Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll @ Insty

Posted by John Kranz at 7:26 PM | Comments (0)

January 3, 2012

Stay Classy, Philly!

I was sad to see on Facebook that blog brother ac was travelling for work and was unable to attend the NHL Winter Classic at Citizen's Bank Park.

If you held a gun to my head (violent 2nd Amendment advocate that you are) and told me I had to miss the Super Bowl or the Winter Classic, I think I'd miss the Super Bowl -- even though the Eli Manning -Tebow matchup will be great this year. Seriously, the Winter Classic is the best sporting event of the year. I share one thing with Steve Jobs; he and I both cry when we encounter purity in music, art, operating systems, what have you. The Winter Classic has a purity about it that is unmatched in other sports.

But, if AlexC were there, I was going to tweak him. The Philly faithful booed the Canadian National Anthem! Jeeburz, guys! A lovely young lady comes out and just nails "O Canada!" and the rafters erupt in boos and "U-S-A!-U-S-A!" It's bad enough our great neighbors have to deal with the State Department on the Keystone XL Pipeline; we could at least show a little courtesy...

Posted by John Kranz at 10:39 AM | Comments (3)
But AlexC thinks:

Philly has booed Santa, snowballed the Dallas Cowboys and at the alumni game booed Mark Messier.

It comes with the territory.

Posted by: AlexC at January 3, 2012 12:26 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Canadian crowds regularly boo the US National Anthem. Tit for tat.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at January 3, 2012 1:07 PM
But jk thinks:

Hahahahaha. Okay, I'm in.

On a similar thread, did anybody else see the "Cold War on Ice" documentary on NBCSports/Versus after? Man that was great. If you get a chance to see it, take it. "Canada F*ck Yeah!"

Posted by: jk at January 3, 2012 1:17 PM

January 2, 2012

Tweet of the Day

@TweetOfGod For God so loved Tebow, he made it so he could win without even winning.
Kinda harsh, but...
Posted by John Kranz at 11:12 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I thought the Donkeys would make the playoffs as a result of both Denver and Oakland winning their final home game vs. a division opponent. Instead, in true AFC West *three teams at 8-8* fashion, the two teams who knew they were playing their final game of the season did more to win.

The Broncos have already accomplished more than anyone believed they could when the season began. Congratuations. And now, in the playoffs, Denver is the team with nothing to lose. Innovate more on offensive schemes, take more chances with the deep ball, and go back to missing them long instead of underthrowing and Denver had a gambler's chance to beat the Steelers next week.

Posted by: johngalt at January 2, 2012 1:34 PM

December 27, 2011

My Inner Economist Cheers!

A niece who is Berkeleyian in geography and philosophy was in town for Christmas and came to visit Uncle John yesterday. Aside from some sharp comments about the desirability of Blu-Ray discs and the infield fly rule, we made it several hours of Christmas comity.

She told me something that is so perfect as to give me hope for the future. Did you know the San Francisco Giants change ticket prices based on the starting pitcher? Is that the coolest thing ever? I suggested it could be slightly more perfect if they gave the pitcher a bonus based on his ticket premium, but baby steps, baby steps.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:12 PM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

You didn't mention what dear niece thought of the practice.

Posted by: johngalt at December 27, 2011 3:31 PM
But jk thinks:

Generally bemused with the attention paid to sports figures as I recall, though, baseball does not engender the opprobrium that other sports do.

Her Republican-leaning mom, however, did start in with a "so, do the poor poor children have to watch Madison Bumgarner?" but that did not get further development.

Posted by: jk at December 27, 2011 3:50 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

A few years back, I worked with a claims examiner named Desmond, who prided himself on being the ultimate Lakers fan. Desmond was ducking out of work early one day, and I asked where he was off to, and he said he was going to the Staples Center to watch the game. "The Lakers are out of town," I said. "Tonight's game at Staples is a Clippers game." (I do not follow basketball, but I do know that the Lakers and the Clippers both play their home games at Staples Center.)

"I know that," Desmond answered, "I'm a big Lakers fan, but on my salary, I can only afford Clippers tickets."

It should have been no surprise to me that even though the cost of mopping spilled beer and cleaning up dumped programs and nachos is constant from day to day, the price of tickets changed based on who was on the marquee. This was back in the day when the Lakers could do no wrong, while the Clippers' ad campaign was basically "come watch the (Nuggets/Mavericks/etc) kick Clipper butt up and down the court!"

Of course, if you REALLY want free-market economics in professional athletics, then we'll be having a discussion about ending the salary cap...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at December 27, 2011 5:06 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"...on my salary, I can only afford Clippers tickets." To which you retort, "But at least you're earning enough to support your family AND fritter some of it away on a few hours of non-productive diversion. Ain't capitalism grand!"

Posted by: johngalt at December 28, 2011 3:02 PM

December 22, 2011

Tebowing on Ice

I haven't made a habit of posting "Tebowing" pics. In fact, only once before, but this one is almost as worthy.

According to center Tyler Bozak, Orr wasn't the only Maple Leaf planning to strike a pose.

"I'm a Tebow fan, too, and I thought about doing it," Bozak told the Toronto Star after the game. "(Orr) knew he was going to score -- he's a breakaway guy, he's a breakaway specialist."

A commenter wrote, "tebow is the antichrist. people doing a prayer pose to symbolis him instead of the man JC. when he tries to rule the world remember you heard it hear first." No, mike9ersfan, Tebow is not the anti-Christ. I am, and I say Tebow is Just Allright With Me.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:24 PM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I don't think I've ever seen a Doobie Brothers allusion here at ThreeSources before. Extremism in musical references is no vice, and what were vices are now habits.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at December 22, 2011 3:44 PM
But jk thinks:

Without blogs, where would you be right now?

I actually posted the Orr video on Facebook the other day. I suggested the goalie might not have appreciated the gesture, and brother ac added that he might go All Ron Hextall on him.

Posted by: jk at December 22, 2011 3:54 PM

December 15, 2011


Okay, I am all in. Leadership, Tebow style.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:09 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at December 15, 2011 3:28 PM

An Open Letter

An Open Letter
To Mr. Josh Kroenke
Owner, Denver Nuggets Basketball Club

Dear Mr. Kroenke,

$67 million for Nene. Are you insane?

The Boulder Refugee

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 3:04 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

I think I may have mentioned the economic benefits of ending the walkout.

Posted by: jk at December 15, 2011 5:32 PM

December 14, 2011

Quote of the Day


RINO -- Rabbi I(n Name Only -- Yid With Lid

Click through for Tebow-y goodness!

Posted by John Kranz at 3:28 PM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

After the game, Brian Urlacher referred to you as a good running back. How do you take that comment?

"Coming from a really good player, that means a lot."

Tim Tebow in his post game press conference after the Bears game.

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:42 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

That is one change in the Tebow World. I never ever ever watched post game interviews before. Perhaps it is being so gobsmacked by each improbable victory, but I watch every minute now, waiting especially for Tebow. His presence is magical.

I'd add his compliment of Charles Tillman for coming up with his (Tebow's) first pick in five games. Who is this guy?

Posted by: jk at December 13, 2011 8:00 PM

December 12, 2011

Humble Pie

While I'm in a mood to humble myself I feel like I have more work to do and this time in all sincerity and with nary a hint of tongue-in-my-cheek.

Six weeks ago, just prior to the Broncos-Lions game, I wrote what I thought to be a masterful integration of music, philosophy and sport. As I will sometimes do, I extended the essay a step beyond its original inspiration. In doing so I created an impromptu list of NFL quarterbacks who, I contended, demotivate their teammates. It made sense to me at the time, if I were listing examples of the right way to lead a team of men, to give examples of how not to. My list was, to be charitable, a miserable failure. First Macho Duck had to take me behind the woodshed for putting Donovan McNabb in the group. I was defenseless. And while I've seen Tony Romo, seemingly everyone's favorite pinata, berate a teammate at times, I also watched him gut out a six field goal win while injured. (Not to mention he has to perform on a team owned by Jerry Jones.) He deserves more credit than I gave him. And now we have Eli Manning, who last night engineered a fourth-quarter comeback that would be the story of the week if some Broncos QB hadn't been wearing out the same story line. CBS Sports observes,

in this so-called Year of the Quarterback, the one story everyone seems to be missing is the incredible fourth quarter play of New York Giants QB Eli Manning. In a 37-34 comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys, Manning led his team to two fourth quarter touchdowns in the final 3:14 of the game. It was Manning's sixth fourth quarter comeback of the season.


Manning has racked up 14 fourth quarter touchdown passes this season. That ties an NFL record held by Johnny Unitas and older brother Peyton Manning - elite company for any quarterback.

By the same measure I challenge folks to judge the "Tebower" - winning - Manning is showing his mettle. His teammates credit him for "carrying us on his back." And finally Kyle Orton. His six-game winning streak two seasons ago earned him a multi-million dollar contract extension last year. And yet even that couldn't keep the Tebow train from running him over and right out of town. The frustration and pressure he endured through the collapse of the McDaniels era and subsequent rebuilding must have been suffocating. Almost certainly I sold him short.

As I look back on my mindset at the time I believe I felt defensive. Not personally, but for the tender youth Mister Tebow. Critics in print, broadcast and corporeally were lambasting the lad. And those other guys I mentioned? They were the ones we were told a good QB must emulate. So I made them my foils. Mea culpa - they are all heroes, each in his own right.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:54 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Nicely said. But don't be too hard on yourself. As the great Senator Barry Goldwater (HOSS - World) said: "Extremism in the ridicule of sportswriters is no vice. Moderation in support of TV sports broadcasters is no virtue."

On your point: Larry Kudlow had a bit on the business side of the Tebow phenomenon: merchandising is through the roof and networks are rushing to schedule our 8-5 minor market team. Kudlow is a converted and devout Catholic and I expected him to appreciate Tebow's graciousness and sincerity. I'm sure he does, but he's a New Yorker first and he responded that Tebow "had not done anything Eli Manning didn't do." And that was before last night's game.

Posted by: jk at December 13, 2011 11:42 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Thanks for the support. I agree vis-a-vis sportswriters but I feel contrition toward any fans I may have offended.

Posted by: johngalt at December 13, 2011 1:01 PM

Denver Donkey Rescue

It was obvious. I couldn't resist.

And who could say that what Tim Tebow has done to the Denver Broncos season is anything other than a rescue?

Tebow took over a team that was 4-12 last year, 1-4 this season, and has since led them to a 7-1 record. He is on the brink of leading the Broncos to their first playoff appearance in six years. And he still can't get any respect.

"There's no one else I'd rather have the ball in his hands when it counts," Broncos linebacker Von Miller said.

Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs must really be frickin' pissed, since they weren't able to "stop that crap" by "a quarterback that [sic] doesn't throw the ball well." Teammate Brian Urlacher seems to be, a little sore.

"He's a good running back, man," Urlacher said. "He runs the ball well."

By calling Tebow a running back, it would follow that Urlacher was taking a hardly veiled shot at Tebow's ability to play quarterback. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Tebow completed 18-of-24 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. For the second time this season, his team had zero points and was down two scores with less than three minutes remaining. And for the second time this season, he overcame those seemingly impossible predicaments to lead his team to victory — 18-15 at Miami and Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High against sore loser Urlacher.

"Class is dismissed, Chicago." -DP's Mike Klis

Oh yes, and here is the shameless self-promotion part.

UPDATE: The irony of my shameless self-promotion embedded in a Tebow post was lost on me, but only briefly.

My belief in the new Denver quarterback's competitive greatness is noteworthy now only because of the tremendous volume and certitude of those who were proclaiming "he can't play; he's not an NFL quarterback" back then. "But great things are only possible if you're under very tough circumstances." Timothy - 12/11/11

Furthermore, I could not have shared this remarkable feeling with the world without the love and support of my blog brothers and sisters. I am proud of all of them. And I am especially grateful to JK for trusting me with a login and a password.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:45 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

If memory serves, my blog brother may have been born in Missouri. Yet it is this Colorado native who requires one more "show-me." If Mister Tebow and the Broncos play well against the Pats (and "Coach Hoodie" as a good friend of this blog calls Belachik) then I will believe.

I am not demanding a win. We have picked a bad week to have so many important injuries on defense. Plus that would be churlish. If we are in a serious position to win the game in the 4th quarter (as if there are others), then I will put on my believin' shoes. If we lose 45-3, it will confirm my concern that we had a nice run in a weak schedule.

I know, blessed is he who has not seen and yet believes...

Topic 2: your Bears' quotes flew contrary to what would have been in my football post. I thought the game to be the best example of sportsmanship I have seen in professional athletics in some time, and I adopted Da Bears as my second favorite team yesterday. The image of Julius Peppers and Tim Tebow walking back to the huddle was a Coke® commercial come to life. Young Tebow had fooled Mister Peppers on an option; the next play, he tried it again and got flattened. "Nice play kid, but don't push your luck." They patted helmets and had what appeared to be a respectful exchange as the two great champions retook the field.

I'm getting thirsty for a Coke just thinking about it.

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2011 3:28 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Honestly, I thought so too - until I read some of the post-game comments. The Vikings seemed much more sporting about being "Tebowed." Perhaps that's because they were already out of the playoffs and not fighting for a spot like the Bears were.

Dagny and I like a lot of things about the Chicago team and wish them well. In fact, we hope they win out. Some friendly advice: Their chances will be better if they become more introspective.

Posted by: johngalt at December 12, 2011 4:00 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

If Denver loses to the Pats, it won't prove that Tebow is not a good QB. It will only prove that Denver is not yet an elite team, which it surely is not. The 7-1 record does not prove that Tebow is great nor that the schedule is weak. It reflects a combination of some timely big plays and fortunate ball bounces.

One must give Tebow credit for helping the team to change its attitude and overachieve it's potential. That alone is a validation to his leadership.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 13, 2011 5:17 PM

December 9, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

"I've never been part of an ugly win, I know that much. I've been in some ugly losses but ugly wins don't exist."

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, when asked about those who say Tebow's style can be a bit ugly.

Posted by JohnGalt at 1:37 PM | Comments (0)

December 8, 2011

A Lindsey to be Proud Of

The one from Colorado, not the one from California.

Like most, I've been a big fan of Lindsey Vonn since she burst on the scene with her 2010 Winter Olympics performance. I admired her before her controversial photo shoot, and after as well. Now the Vail Colorado skier has another accomplishment to admire. With a win in her home town yesterday she became the first U.S. skier to win four consecutive World Cup ski races.

But there's more. While anyone can drop to a knee to "Tebow" on the street or in his office, only a few people get a chance to do so while in the gold medal position on a victory stand.


"I asked [Tim Tebow's brother Robby] if Tim would be upset if I did it," Vonn said. "I said that if I won in Colorado, I would do it, 'Go Broncos.' And I did it. Gotta represent."


Posted by JohnGalt at 3:00 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at December 8, 2011 3:52 PM
But jk thinks:

Yyow! And sign me up for those not abandoning a great American sports hero for a "controversial photo shoot."

Posted by: jk at December 8, 2011 5:29 PM

December 2, 2011

Tebow Touches

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it." -Robert A. Heinlein

Tim Tebow is still being told he can't play quarterback in the NFL, despite winning 5 of 6 games, and 4 in a row. "It's a passer's league" you see. If you can't pass from the pocket (and have a quick release and be able to anticipate defensive schemes and evaluate three or more potential receivers in 5 seconds or less) then you can't reliably win games. But despite the tutelage of football "experts" there are other ways to achieve offensive success.

"Over 16 games," said Lahman, "Tebow projects to 19 touchdowns, three interceptions, 2,061 yards passing and 1,112 yards rushing with five rushing touchdowns."

That doesn't make him Johnny Unitas. But it would make him an incredibly efficient quarterback.


Still, because the nine games in which Tebow has appeared (six as a starter, three in relief) are an admittedly small sample, Lahman came up with a better way to gauge Tebow's effectiveness. It's a spread sheet that ranks quarterbacks by "Adjusted Yards per Touch" ("a touch" being defined as pass and rushing attempts plus sacks). By that measure, Tebow gains an average of 2.61 yards every time he touches the ball. Maybe that doesn't sound like much, but only four quarterbacks have doe better this season. In order, they are Rodgers, Drew Brees, Brady and injured Matt Schaub. Tebow is No. 5.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:38 PM | Comments (5)
But jk thinks:

I don't mean to be a Tebow naysayer, I am fulsomely undecided and enjoy watching the answer unfold.

Yet, I think reliable statistics would require either a larger sample or COUGH! COUGH! factoring in the quality of the opponent.

Posted by: jk at December 3, 2011 11:26 AM
But nanobrewer thinks:

The phenom has hit Wall Street:

It's a good read; Rick Reilly would be smiling.


Tim Tebow never lets you relax. He never puts a football game away in the first quarter. He forces you to watch the whole thing, with commercials and no fast-forwards. It's never pretty.

He doesn't put up Tom Brady's numbers. He doesn't put up Tom Brokaw's numbers. He's not impressing Broncos legend John Elway. John Elway acts as if he'd let the Broncos bus abandon Tim Tebow at a rest stop.

Posted by: nanobrewer at December 3, 2011 12:47 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Mondo heh! A good read. I really liked this line:

"Tim Tebow doesn't fight the law, but if he did, the law would surely win. Okay, maybe not."

Posted by: johngalt at December 3, 2011 8:15 PM
But jk thinks:

Another W today. And yet when Green Bay comes on after, one wonders if Rodgers and Tebow are really in the same league.

Posted by: jk at December 4, 2011 9:56 PM
But johngalt thinks:

One might also wonder if Rodgers and Brady are in the same league. Brady's Patriots, Denver's opponent two weeks hence, have lost 3 games this season. That's only two fewer than the Broncos (and two more than the Tebow version of the team).

Posted by: johngalt at December 5, 2011 11:42 AM

November 18, 2011

Just Win Baby!

The late Al Davis would be proud (except for the fact that it's the Broncos instead of his beloved Raiders.) Not only are the Broncos winning, every which way, they're also putting down the other team's quarterback - hard.


This Drew Litton cartoon is accompanied on Litton's website by a clear-eyed assessment of the Tebow turnaround.

Posted by JohnGalt at 8:54 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Good cartoon. I would have put his point four on top. The defense delivered 10-13 and allowed one touchdown to win.

I'm by no means anti-Tebow. Son of the drive was memorable and the young man is gracious and charming. I am ready to give him a chance but I am not sure he has the skill set to play in the NFL.

Posted by: jk at November 19, 2011 9:10 AM
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at November 19, 2011 5:36 PM

October 29, 2011

Tebow Anyone?

This isn't, as the category suggests, merely a Colorado issue. The Tim Tebow phenomenon is a national one. For some reason this single player evokes or inspires either hatred or extreme admiration. Most seem to focus on his overt religiosity, and either despise or worship the example he sets. I don't see it that way at all.

I marvel at Tebow's ability to inspire and motivate his teammates. While sports professionals in the coaching, scouting and analysis business focus on his objective qualities they almost completely disregard his unique ability to lead. This causes them to make statements like "Tebow can't be an NFL quarterback." But many people believe that statement is wrong and I, for one, know it is wrong. And it has very little (but not nothing) to do with religion.

My sister emailed me a link to this TED Talk yesterday. The title is 'Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion' and it seems an unlikely place to find a key to success in life, but I did. It's 20 minutes long and you'll do yourself a favor to find that much time in your busy life to slow down, sit down, watch and listen and think. Here is Tebow's big "secret."

"It's one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt, for one moment, the capacity of the people he's leading to realize whatever he's dreaming."

Not only does this attitude make Tebow's teammates perform better, it makes him perform better. It does so in a way that manifests itself on the field of competition much more than on the practice field. And understanding it is so elusive that many deny its existence even after witnessing it with their own, "lying" eyes.

Tebow isn't the only NFL quarterback with this quality. I've seen it in Elway, Montana, Staubach, Griese, Jaworski, Fouts and Bradshaw among others. My dad saw it in Daryle Lamonica. It can be seen today in Brady, Rogers and Brees, and glimpses of it in many of the league's younger QBs. And just as importantly, some players of the position clearly do not have it. The ones I have noticed recently are Romo, Eli Manning and ... Kyle Orton. When a play fails each of them is as likely as not to yell, jesture, shrug or shake his head at one or more of his teammates. This is also inspirational leadership, but in the wrong direction.

I said Tebow's big secret has a little to do with religion and that something is "belief." Religion teaches men to believe.

UPDATE: Dad corrects that it was George Blanda he admired so.

UPDATE 2: Macho Duck challenged my inclusion of Donovan McNabb on the list of demotivational NFL quarterbacks. He's right. I put his name in my list before defining what it was a list of, i.e. finger pointers. An error of Saturday morning haste has been corrected.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:35 AM | Comments (5)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:


Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 31, 2011 8:25 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Uhhh ... I said I know Tebow is an NFL-caliber quarterback. I did not say he could turn water into wine. (Well, not over a three-hour span at any rate.)

How many other proven QBs have had similar issues this season? (Inaccurate passes, out of sync with receivers).

How many of them played their rookie season without a training camp to prepare?

How many games did Saint John Elway stink out of the stadium in his rookie season, and how many disappointing seasons did he have under a non-supportive coaching staff?

I never said he was a savior but understand that many feel his supporters have suggested exactly that. No, he's a rookie. But even at that he provides a greater sense of possible success than did the veteran Orton. Who thought Orton was going to bring the Broncos back against Green Bay? But before a 14-point meltdown in the last 5 minutes of the first half, Denver trailed by just a touchdown. Personally I think the Broncos suffer from "right handedness" as a team. Their best OT plays on the left side, but Tim's blind side is on the right. And the pass to Decker that went for a 100-yard pick six was an out route on the right sideline - a play that is easier for a lefthanded thrower if it goes to the left sideline.

I could go into greater detail on that meltdown, including a ridiculous 15-yard penalty on Denver's punter for chicken fighting with a blocker, or the two illegal blocks on the same play that the officials managed not to see. But the point is, Denver lost as a team on Sunday. Now they have a choice: Regroup, rally, gameplan around the defensive scheme that beat them and make a competitive effort at Oakland; or quit. My money is on the former.

Posted by: johngalt at November 1, 2011 2:14 AM
But johngalt thinks:

FWIW: Anyone remember the last time the Broncos played the Lions? Cutler, Marshall, Travis Henry, coached by Shanahan. Before Tebow or even Coach McDaniels. 47 yards rushing for the Broncos in a 44-7 loss to a team that, like the Broncos, would finish the season 7-9.

Posted by: johngalt at November 1, 2011 3:17 AM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee is a Tebow fan and hopes he succeeds. Elway was decidedly mediocre for four years before he really got a handle on reading defenses. So stipulated.

However, Tebow's inaccuracy is a real concern. He has to make 'em pay when they overload the box, and he has missed the targets thus far. The jury is out for now, but an inability to get first downs in Oakland will lead to a long day. Can the Broncos afford a multi-year project at QB? Orton is not the answer, and if Tebow cannot step up this franchise is looking at many bleak years.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 1, 2011 5:35 PM
But johngalt thinks:

In the 16 year career of John Elway Denver's Broncos had but two losing seasons. In the 23 years of Broncos history pre-Elway their record was over .500 just five times. In the 12 post Elway season the Broncos had a winning record for half of them, were 8-8 three times and below .500 three times. Elway was clearly a savior, but team performance without him is nothing like the bleakness seen before him.

Denver fans seem to feel "entitled" to playoff games and the occasional Super Bowl, yet conveniently forget that 30 of 32 teams don't go to the annual spectacle and most don't even make the playoffs.

Posted by: johngalt at November 3, 2011 4:31 PM

October 23, 2011

I believe...

in Heroes.

Win or lose, nobody walks away from the game in the closing minutes when Tebow is on the field. Nobody.

Posted by JohnGalt at 9:29 PM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2011

R U Ready 4 Some Football?

I've been tough on my beloved Broncos since they booted Coach Shanahan, but I am proud even in defeat today. Tough defense, discipline, good effort -- well done, lads. Try it again with Dumervil and Champ Bailey, shall we?

Posted by John Kranz at 3:49 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

... and always take points on the board when given the choice. (I thought Fox was supposed to be a cautious, conservative coach? An all-or-nothing 4th down conversion attempt? PPPTHT!)

Posted by: johngalt at September 26, 2011 1:40 PM
But jk thinks:

I actually like the call to go for it. Encouraged by that rarest of moments when a sportscaster says something intelligent -- our defensive successes had made play from their own end zone dicey. I'm a go-for-it maniac, though, James Surowecki, call your office.

McGahee straight up the gut, however.........we didn't have anything else in the book?

Posted by: jk at September 26, 2011 1:53 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I yell at the screen whenever a coach takes the points instead of the "two in the bush" gambit. But they generally prove me wrong.

Perhaps conservative coaching staffs shouldn't take such risks if the play calling will also be conservative.

Posted by: johngalt at September 26, 2011 2:03 PM

September 13, 2011

Rack Disciprin!

I can handle suckage. I rooted for the Broncos all through the 60s, when a .500 season was received like a championship, and survived the 70s with the heartbreak of the Orange Crush years, the super bowl loss, and the leisure suits.

But I hate to see a team lose for a lack of discipline -- or as Cartman quotes his Karate instructor: "You Rack Disciprin!"

Our dear Donkeys were set to go into halftime down but not out after a bad half. They then took a cheap-shot personal foul that setup the 63-yard field goal. I think discipline is underrated and suggest that it has kept our division foes the San Diego Chargers out of championships even in years when they have fielded the best teams.

Belichick and Shanahan parlayed disciprin into championships. I'm not giving up on Coach Fox but I am very concerned that he does not rate it as highly as I do.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:35 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I think our donkeys need to circle the wagons. They need to publicly support their starting quarterback, have each other's backs, and step up the mental game to match the physical. It was the first game for a new coaching staff. They get a mulligan. Next week I'm expecting to see:

Sound tackling.
Some semblance of a run blocking scheme.
Fewer penalties.

With any two of these three last night the Broncos win by two touchdowns.

Posted by: johngalt at September 13, 2011 3:10 PM

September 7, 2011

ThreeSources Sports Chat Line

Well done Rockies last night. You may have swept us in front of your seven season ticketholders last week. But our house is one of seven run innings.

But I call my doyens of our national pastime to a different game. The D-Backs scored last week on a sacrifice fly. In foul territory.

Now, I have never smoked hash in Amsterdam or frequented a New Orleans bordello. I guess I am quite naive in my own way. But I had no freaking idea that was legal. Izzit? It was right in front of the dugout, so it is not like the umpire missed a fine shading. I had no idear you could do that.

My question is infield fly rule-ish: do you intentionally drop a foul fly deep in the outfield, exchanging the out for the run? And does one ever learn all the rules?

Posted by John Kranz at 4:02 PM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Yes, it is legal to advance on a fly caught in foul territory, provided that the runner tags up. I have never seen a fly intentionally dropped in foul ground to prevent a run, but that would be a heads- up play in a tight game (and always subject to second-guessing).

No, it is not possible to learn all of the rule nuances. Even the umpires get it wrong on occasion.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at September 8, 2011 9:56 AM

August 27, 2011

Arbitrary and Capricious

Words usually associated with federal government bureaucrats, the most recent example being Interior Department harassment of Exxon Mobil in its attempt to go about its business of fueling the world, are sometimes applicable to sports officials. Jim Joyce's blown call at 1st base ending Armando Galarraga's perfect game bid with two outs in the ninth comes to mind. Tonight's outrage in Los Angeles didn't cost a perfect game, but it did cost a talented young Colorado pitcher a chance at his seventh win of the season in arguably the best start of his career.

A first-inning home run by Carlos Gonzales held up as a Rockies 1-0 lead for 6-2/3 innings until, with the bases loaded, Denver's own "Balkin' Bob" Davidson decided to interject his subjective opinion smack into the middle of what had been a spectacular pitchers' duel. "What," Rogers lips said from the mound? "You've got to be kidding me!" For his part the only thing umpire Davidson could tell Rockies manager Jim Tracy was, "He balked. He balked." In numerous replays the television commentators could only speculate that, "He never came set. He never stopped his motion before the pitch." Driving home after the game the radio announcers had a different take. "He paused in his motion when he saw the runner at third moving down the baseline." The balk rule is one of the most complicated in baseball, requiring thirteen different definitions of what constitutes a balk. (Parts a through m of rule 8.05.) Most umpires rarely make the call. Some, like Balkin' Bob, consider themselves "experts" on the rule and use it more liberally. But like the strike zone that "shrinks" on an 0-2 count or balloons when it is 3-0, an objective umpire never calls a balk with a runner on third unless it is an obvious, clear-cut infraction that causes other players and coaches to point and yell. To do so with the bases loaded in a game with a one to nothing score is encroaching on Russian figure-skating judge territory.

Even the official rules seem to acknowledge this. A footnote to rule 8.05 reads:

Comment: Umpires should bear in mind that the purpose of the balk rule is to prevent the pitcher from deliberately deceiving the base runner. If there is doubt in the umpire's mind, the 'intent' of the pitcher should govern.

In the late innings of a masterfully pitched shutout, with two outs and all bases already occupied, Esmil Rogers 'intent' was mistake-free pitching, not deceiving base runners. Bob Davidson knows this. Tonight, Balkin' Bob jumped the shark.

Before this, the game was a carefully played gem. Afterward, with concentration destroyed, nearly every Rockie pitch was grooved right into the hitting zone and dutifully whacked for RBI after painful, almost criminal, RBI. Five runs later the Dodgers smiled and slapped hands after a victory they probably felt they actually had earned. Horseshit.

Footnote: I was tremendously proud of the way Esmil Rogers handled the situation. He threw his glove in the dugout but never yelled, never swore, never lost his self-control. His disgust was clearly evident, however, as he stood at the railing and silently glared directly at the eyes of the offending umpire for the remainder of the contest. He was and is a class act and a role model for atheletes in every sport.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:01 AM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I've never seen a balk.

Granted, I am a young man and do not pretend to be the most avid baseball fan. I've seen several balks called, but I could never watch the replay and see the offense. Arbitrary & Capricious indeed.

Would it not make more sense to deny the fielding team any outs procured with such chicanery rather than awarding bases?

Or make them kick off from the 30?

Posted by: jk at August 28, 2011 11:30 AM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

In early 2009, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah put the BCS in the crosshairs on the Senate Judiciary Committee - primarily because his Utes, who had an astounding football season, didn't get selected as the BCS champion. Never mind that as much as I hate the BCS, it's none of the Federal guv'mint's damb business.

Which Stentator - er, I mean Senator - will be moved to call for tighter Federal regulation of the balk rule, the designated hitter rule, AstroTurf, and the infield fly rule?

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 29, 2011 12:41 AM

August 13, 2011

Vaulting in Denver

At the National Western Arena. It's FREE. It's NOW.

A bit belated but here's your notice of the gymnastics on horseback show in Denver this weekend. Saturday and Sunday events are the most exciting. A schedule can be found here.

And for a bit more publicity than these pages it was mentioned in the Denver Post.

For the shameless self-promotion part, my eldest daughter won first place in her freestyle class, one of our trot pairs won first place and our Pas de Deux (also a pairs class) entry took second (Reserve Champion) in an internationally recognized event. Woo hoo!

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:04 PM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Congratulations to the entire JG/Dagny clan!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 15, 2011 12:09 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at August 15, 2011 12:24 PM

July 3, 2011

The Most Interesting Sport In The World

Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World" is, naturally, an expert equestrian vaulter.

Or at least AVA and World Equestrian Games Gold Medalist, World Chamion team vaulter and stunt double Blake Dahlgren is. I have seen Blake compete in every AVA National Championship since dagny and I met, and I'm sure he was at many more before that. I was always impressed by his balance and grace (soft landings on the horse) considering his 6'3" stature. Blake began vaulting with our friends Rick and Virginia at Valley View Vaulters in Southern California, where he is now a coach.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:24 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Mmmm. Beer.

Posted by: jk at July 4, 2011 11:38 AM

July 2, 2011

My new favorite third baseman...

is in the American League.

"This is my bible," Cabrera said. "It's over 1,000 pages long."

Cabrera's copy of Rand's 1957 novel is worn. The spine of the book is taped over to help hold it together. Cabrera said he reads it every year.

"The book is about objectivism. It's about many things," Cabrera said. "It's about how to be successful in life. It's about how to live life now while you're still alive."

The novel tells the story of a strike by the great minds in the United States against the government.

Go Tribe!

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:09 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Heh. I sent this to a Tribe aficionado you may know...

Posted by: jk at July 2, 2011 9:35 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It made me think of him too when I wrote the close.

Posted by: johngalt at July 3, 2011 10:39 AM

February 7, 2011

Forsberg Watch

For those who've not yet heard, former Avalanche great Peter Forsberg (age 37) has re-signed with the team ($1M) for the remainder of the season. The team's next game is 7:30 pm tonight in Phoenix (Altitude 2). But he can't play until he gets an immigration work visa. Unless a miracle is pulled off today it looks like his first start will be Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:34 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Yeah, ALL Colorado ThreeSourcers owe me an apology. Immigration troubles, indeed.

Posted by: jk at February 7, 2011 6:31 PM
But johngalt thinks:

You are welcome for that batting-practice fastball.

Posted by: johngalt at February 7, 2011 6:49 PM

January 24, 2011

Sports Divas

Redskins fan and WaPo columnist Jason Woodmansee took Jay Cutler's NFC Championship performance yesterday as an opportunity to repeat his pleasure that the Redskins didn't make a trade to acquire the "jerk" Cutler. But that isn't the only thing he said. I think you'll get the gist by merely reading the title of his column: The assassination of the coward Jay Cutler by everyone. I've never been a professional athlete but I am an amateur and I have to agree with those who say they'd have to be chained to a bench to keep them out of a game of this magnitude. (I still recall Steve Yzerman trying to skate pre-game on a broken leg prior to a playoff game. "Yep, it's still broken." He didn't play. But he TRIED. He WANTED to.) Jay didn't seem to have the same feeling, or even much concern for his teammates still trying to go to the Super Bowl. Say it with me: "Super ... Bowl!" I'm with Woodmansee on one thing: I'm glad Cutler isn't a Bronco anymore either.

While we're on the subject of sports, some also consider the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony a diva. His contract expires after this season and he hasn't signed the multi-million dollar extension that the team has offered. Word is he's intent on signing with the Knicks who play near his supposed home town of Brooklyn. Let me be clear [guy thinks he's Barack Obama now] - I have no complaint about pro atheletes marketing their services to the highest bidder, or even to a favored bidder for whatever reason. And as a fan of the Nuggets I don't want to see any player on the team if he'd really rather be somewhere else. It would be nice if the Nuggs could get some compensation when he leaves but even if they don't, he's free to leave.

But there's another way to succeed in pro sports. In stark and refreshing contrast to the 'Melo situation is the developing long-term nucleus of the Colorado Rockies. Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and 5-tool outfielder Carlos Gonzales have both signed long term deals with the mid-market Rockies because they love the team, love the city, and want to lead by example to their teammates that there are values in sports higher than dollars - commitment and cameraderie. And these values lead to teamwork, which leads to - winning. They may not win a World Series as a result but they'll be competitive and they'll sell lots of tickets. (I know I'll be in the stands as much as I can.)

So Denver sports fans, take heart - We don't need 'Melo, we've got Tulo, Cargo and ... Tebow!

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:39 PM | Comments (6)
But jk thinks:

Opposing their rational self interest? WWARD?

[...]love the team, love the city, and want to lead by example to their teammates that there are values in sports higher than dollars

Posted by: jk at January 24, 2011 3:16 PM
But jk thinks:

But we do agree on young Cutler. I used to wonder whether his maturity would ever catch up with his (considerable) talent. Yesterday made it seem unlikely indeed.

Posted by: jk at January 24, 2011 3:19 PM
But johngalt thinks:

You don't think "winning" is in one's rational self-interest? I'm just saying there are more ways to profit than just dollars. If you press me I'll find a Rand quote proving that she agreed.

Posted by: johngalt at January 24, 2011 3:27 PM
But jk thinks:

I believe you can find a quote. But getting traded to the Yankees would not destroy a chance at winning. More importantly, I quoted your words because they did not mention any values that I would call individualistic.

Posted by: jk at January 24, 2011 3:41 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"More than three people never agreed on anything. Two is better, and one is best, for a job that one can do." -Professor Bernardo de la Paz in R.A. Heinlein's 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'

Playing baseball is a job that one can't do. Even the great Babe Ruth couldn't win a game by himself. Sometimes it takes a team. Actively participating in the assembly of that team is a profoundly selfish act. Taking the teammates some stuffed suit gives you is the way of the Borg. [I knew there was a better metaphor than "machine cog" if I thought long enough.]

Posted by: johngalt at January 24, 2011 4:04 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Disappointed I didn't provoke any commentary related to the Tebow mention...

Posted by: johngalt at January 25, 2011 3:54 PM

July 29, 2010

Standing on Horses

Starting tomorrow in sunny (and chilly) Santa Barbara, California is the American Vaulting Association 2010 National Championships. The event is also recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation. Clubs from all over the USA and Canada send vaulters to compete in individual and team classes, including from... Fort Lupton, Colorado!

Yours truly will be competing this year in individual, team and a pairs class with my 5 year-old. Said pairs event is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:55 Pacific Time (actual time can vary, early or late from the schedule, and the schedule can also change.)

And, believe it or not, events will be webcast live. We're in "Red Arena" which I believe will be "Arena 2" on the broadcast site. There's also a schedule page that might be updated to have us listed by name sometime tomorrow. (Eric & Zoe). Our class is called "Trot Pas de Deux" or "Trot Pairs." Wish us luck!

Posted by JohnGalt at 1:11 AM | Comments (11)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Good for her! I'll be that little 5-year old is excited. Good stuff.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 30, 2010 10:56 AM
But johngalt thinks:

It's all over but the crying...

Our trot team finished 3rd, which we are happy with but expected better. Some judging "peculiarities" as they say. Oh well.

Personally I came in fourth of four trot men ... sniff ... but one of the two judges had me third in freestyle!! (Little bits of hope keep me goin'. Honestly, those other three guys were pretty good, and under 18 yrs., but I can still do better next time.)

And two members of our team won prestigious "Zone Award" jackets for having the highest average score from three or more regional competitions in the Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma region. Woo Hoo!

Now the 18 hour odyssey begins to get back home. See you in a couple days. -JG

Posted by: johngalt at August 2, 2010 10:21 AM
But jk thinks:

Congrats and safe travels, bro!

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2010 12:16 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Way to go! The vagueries of subjective scoring systems always add an interesting and unpredictable dimension to the competition.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 2, 2010 6:19 PM
But jk thinks:

Was it the Russian judges again? If it was Russians, say Russians!

Posted by: jk at August 2, 2010 6:31 PM
But johngalt thinks:

We're Back! (to Atlantis Farm.)

Of course, if the judging is subjective then so is the reaction to said judging. In the judges' favor, there were two of them and both apparently had similar scores.

But more importantly, in my rush to click "post" and get out of the motel lobby and on the road I forgot to also include what a great joy it was to meet Brother KA and his lovely bride in person on Saturday! They took the time to come and see what vaulting is all about and to chat for a while with yours truly. [It took us a while to find each other. I was advised that we may have had a KA sighting since someone came to our paddocks and asked for "John Galt, the blogger" only to be met with bewilderment by the solitary parent who was holding down the fort. KA later recognized me by my club T-shirt.] It was more than a bit chaotic, with horses and schedules and children swirling about us, but we did get a chance to talk about a few things that might make it onto these pages soon. One of them was a 3Sources meet-up some time, some where. Only an idea at this point. Nonetheless, I was very pleased to have finally met (and learned about their budding small-business venture.)

Posted by: johngalt at August 4, 2010 2:58 PM

July 7, 2010

One for the Ages

Last night the Colorado Rockies accomplished a feat not seen since 1901, when both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers did it - they scored nine or more runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for the most improbable of wins. (See all nine runs in 85 seconds here.) Catcher Miguel Olivo scored twice. Chris Ianetta and Seth Smith both hit 3-run home runs. Smith's came after lining out to first for the first out of the inning. Eight hits and a walk lead to nine runs, five of them charged against the Cardinals' closer.

I told dagny somewhere around the 7th, "This game isn't over. Those guys in the St. Louis dugout look like they're starting to relax but they'd better not." The score was 9-3 at the time. I won't claim to have predictive powers. I've just seen a lot of summer baseball at Coors Field.

A large fraction of the 32,922 in attendance, and likely of whatever television audience there was, never saw it. I don't feel so bad for the fair-weather Rockies fans though. The ones I really feel for are the Cardinals faithful, one time zone behind us, who went to bed thinking it was a win. Oops.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:52 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

Oh man, that's nothing. There was this soccer game and a team was down 0-2 and they came back to tie!!!

Man, nobody has ever seen anything like that...

If I can tag along your sports post. Seriously, folks, the Tour de France has all the international cred and european pretension of the World Cup -- and it is honestly fun to watch.

Posted by: jk at July 7, 2010 3:22 PM
But HB thinks:


I am really getting concerned about your hatred of the World Cup. And please tell me you were not serious about the Tour de France.

Posted by: HB at July 7, 2010 11:21 PM
But jk thinks:

As "Deep Thoughts" would say, I think it goes back to the time a soccer player shot and killed my Dad. Maybe I should look into therapy.

About the Tour, however, no compromise. It is one of the great sporting events. I came out two years ago today.

But I would like to direct my friend HB to this post in which I claim:

I admitted that I enjoyed watching the Tour for the excitement of sport, the beauty of the French countryside, and the preternatural athleticism of the riders. This all holds. But I am going to add that Le Tour de France represents classical liberal economics and individualist values better than any other sport.

Posted by: jk at July 8, 2010 10:35 AM
But jk thinks:

And another ninth inning comeback for the Rocks.

Posted by: jk at July 8, 2010 10:37 AM

June 12, 2010

USA - England

Yes, it's the World Cup. Yes, it's soccer "football." But it isn't only a sporting event, it's an international clash of two of the greatest nations on Earth. USA v England in soccer is like USA - Canada in Olympic hockey: A nation that lives and breathes the sport competing against the one that has the spirit and the resources to attempt excellence in every sport. Go USA.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:24 PM | Comments (0)

April 18, 2010

Rockies No-No

Congratulations to Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies for pitching the first no-hitter in team history last night at the Atlanta Braves.

And shame on the sizeable minority of Braves fans who booed the on-field celebration by the visiting team.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:29 PM | Comments (1)
But AlexC thinks:

Between the 20 inning "pitchers matchup" and the no-hitter Saturday was a hell of a day for baseball.

Posted by: AlexC at April 18, 2010 8:15 PM

February 28, 2010


The US women's hockey team lost gold to Canada days ago. The US men were 24 seconds from repeating the disappointment. But American Zach Parise scored a fortuitous goal that sent it to overtime. While the US men appeared to be more talented and better conditioned, the Canadians managed to win on pure desire. Sid Crosby, heir apparent to Wayne Gretzky, fired a Sakic-quick wrist shot through Ryan Miller's legs to clinch gold.

Good for them. Good for Canada. America salutes you little brother.

P.S. Thumbs down to the cynical live coverage by NBC that managed to crop much of goalie Miller's patriotic helmet art, including Uncle Sam wielding a big stick, during their numerous close ups.

Posted by JohnGalt at 9:56 PM | Comments (5)
But jk thinks:

Yeah, Team USA beat the Soviets in 1980 and nine years later, 50 million people were free. I figured one more goal and in 2019, Canada would have private health care! But it is not to be.

I actually thought our boys were outplayed and only the able talents of Mister Miller made it a game.

I have to quibble with the announcers on one thing and it happens in many broadcasts. Guys, the post is not in the net. This is an old goalie talking but if you make a guy hit the post, that goes in your column. If a guy misses an empty net and hits the post that's one thing. But Miller had perfect position on those two shots and it would've been quite the shot to thread it in.

Posted by: jk at March 1, 2010 10:23 AM
But johngalt thinks:

That's interesting. I actually thought the US squad was more talented, at least offensively.

Posted by: johngalt at March 1, 2010 11:28 AM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

You beat me to the post, JG! However, my headline would have been "Heartbreaker." I will have to agree with JK, however, that the Canucks outplayed us in this one. Their defense was stifling and the neutral-zone trap resulted in a lot of turnovers. We were rarely able to enter their zone with any speed or space and were reduced to taking 50-foot shots. Nonetheless, I'm proud of our boys, who played a helluva game, especially Miller. I was totally impressed with Patrick Kane, who chased down Sidney Crosby to disrupt his breakaway shot.

A special shout-out to the former WCHA players who were stars on both sides of the border: Zach Parise (Univ of North Dakota) and Paul Stastny (Univ. of Denver) for the US and Jonathan Toews (Univ. of North Dakota) for Canada.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at March 1, 2010 4:10 PM
But CA thinks:

Heartbreaker. Though they would beat us solidly in a 7 game series. We have slightly better goaltending and speed. They have speed and a large size / talent / experience advantage.

Was fun to dream in between the 3rd and overtime. In any one game we're a great threat to them.

Posted by: CA at March 1, 2010 4:47 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I'm no expert on hockey talent (although I did score an unassisted goal myself 2 nights ago) so I can't give an objective analysis to refute any of the opinions here. I will say that in the 2-game series that was the Olympic tourney we split it with them 1-1. I'll also add that under previous Olympic rules there was no "gold medal game" and the US would have taken the top medal with its undefeated record including that win over Canada.

But as I said, they did win it under current rules and as I've said elsewhere, they needed that win more than we did - psychologically. Now, this seems like an opportune moment to float my idea of NHL an profit sharing structure that intentionally benefits Canadian teams, for if there are no NHL teams in Canada then it won't be long before we'll have to call the sport they play something other than "hockey."

Posted by: johngalt at March 2, 2010 11:35 AM

October 12, 2009

Play ball!

For a blog with PA and Colorado ties there's been a surprising silence about the NLDS between the Rox and Phillies, the only one of four first-round series not to end in a sweep. It's about time somebody changed that.

Dagny and I left the big girls with Opa and took the baby to the game last night. We were just as ready and willing to bundle up the night before but the baseball powers that be (Pelosi and Reed?) somehow decided that yesterday's 30.0 degree first pitch was sufficiently better than Saturday's 26.6 degrees that they gave us a start time of 8:07 PM MDT (10:07 pm Eastern.) Great. After the four and a quarter hour game we arrived back at the farm around 2 am, the same time the game ended on the east coast.

Today's first pitch will be warmer (it's 44.1 and rising at the moment) and in the daylight at 4:07 local time. But the weather isn't the story, Rockies pitching is. Losing Jorge DeLaRosa in his last regular season start was a body blow. Hammel has done well this year, being one of five Rox pitchers with 10 or more wins this season, but I'd have preferred to see him start a road game instead given his bipolar performances home vs. away.

I wasn't confident going in last night but still felt the home team would pull it out at the end. The magic never struck. The hill was too steep. While Phillies fans moan that Lidge walked two in the ninth, freezing Coors Field partisans howled on every first pitch ball and each of the eight, yes EIGHT, bases on balls given up last night by the pitchers we have come to rely on since June 5th. Today, however, I'm more confident. As Tulo says, those other games were never "must win." This one is. This team has pride and today's starter has the goods. The Phillies go back home today but the Rockies invite themselves along for a one-game playoff tomorrow. Winner-take-all.

I'm leaving shortly to witness the spectacle.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:57 PM | Comments (7)
But AlexC thinks:

Lidge makes me nervous! Prefer not to discuss to not jinx it!

Posted by: AlexC at October 12, 2009 9:00 PM
But jk thinks:

Well, congrats to the Phils. I will be pulling for them all the way.

I saw the box score with a '0' in the bottom of the ninth, turned off the computer and thought all night that the Rockies had won. Ignorance was blissful for awhile...

Posted by: jk at October 13, 2009 10:50 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Sorry jk, what you really wanted to see in the bottom of the ninth was an "x."

Confidence reigned throughout the game. First inning homer for the Phillies? No problem. The Rox delivered Roctober magic with 3 runs in the 8th for a 2 run lead. Huston Street had first pitch strikes that led to the first two outs of the ninth but with two on and two stikes to Howard, the last pitch was too good. For Howard, that is.

Congratulations Phillies. You out "Roctobered" the Rockies. I'm still unsure who I'll root for the rest of the way but the Phillies have a leg up in that dagny said she'll kill me if I root for the Dodgers. Hey, there's always the American League. Former Rockie Brian Fuentes closes for the Angels.

Posted by: johngalt at October 13, 2009 1:38 PM
But jk thinks:

And I might kill if you resort to the AL. Despite Ricardian elegance, I can't handle the DH.

Posted by: jk at October 13, 2009 2:05 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It's settled then. Gee, that was easy!

Posted by: johngalt at October 13, 2009 2:54 PM
But jk thinks:

Well, it would be more difficult for me to enforce my threats than Dagny hers...

Posted by: jk at October 13, 2009 4:07 PM

August 6, 2009

2009 KVC 2-Star Team Champion Horse: Mile High Vaulters' Sampson

Oh no, not another vaulting post!

This should be the last for a while folks. And why not? It carries final results from the 2009 Kentucky Vaulting Cup international equestrian event I introduced here last week. As the event began Sampson was featured on the front page of the Lexington newspaper, perhaps because of the novelty of his size (he was the tallest horse at the show.) But now that the show is over his photo was featured, albeit in a blog post, because of another attribute: Sampson was the horse that carried the championship vaulting team in the highest level of competition.

Mt. Eden Sun Team’s solid performance earned them a victory over the Woodside Vaulters, reversing the standing’s from Saturday’s one-star team competition. In the two-star team division, Mt. Eden scored 6.512 to Woodside’s 6.154.

The Mt. Eden Sun Team members are: Kenny Geisler, Tasha Thorner, Alicien Thrasher, Kalyn Noan, Lizzie Ioannou, Heidi Rothweiler and Makayia Clyne. Jessica Ballenger is the coach, and Jodi Rinhard [sic] longed Sampson. They were also the American Vaulting Association 2009 A team national champions.

One of the reasons this post is so many days after the fact (other than the hay harvest I just finished) is I was waiting for a video of the team freestyle to be posted somewhere. Do you think standing on the back of a cantering horse is impressive? How about standing on the shoulders of someone else who is standing on the horse! It's called a "stand on stand." Check it out.

Also, TIVO ALERT - Sampson and several Mile High Vaulters will be featured on Denver's KUSA, Channel 9 'Colorado & Company' program tomorrow, Friday, August 7 from 10-11 am Mountain Time.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:58 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I have loved the vaulting posts! (okay, I may have cursed the player once or twice, but I enjoyed watching.)

Well done Sampson and well done team. Hope the hay came in well.

Posted by: jk at August 6, 2009 4:46 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Congratulations! I'm willing to bet that 30+ man-years of effort went into that four-minute performance. Well done!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 7, 2009 11:13 AM

July 31, 2009

A1, below the fold

The Kentucky Cup vaulting competition I've been following for the past 2 days was covered in the Lexington, Kentucky newspaper this morning on Page A1.

That's Sampson below the fold, next to our President quaffing a cold one with friends.


Posted by JohnGalt at 6:05 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Very cool. But the President may not appreciate his photograph appearing so close to a known partisan.

Posted by: jk at July 31, 2009 6:30 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Nice! Hey, I'd forgotten we were harboring a Bushite.

Posted by: johngalt at July 31, 2009 7:02 PM

July 30, 2009

Kentucky Vaulting Cup

It's vaulting! For the uninitiated, vaulting is the original equestrian sport. Dagny is a coach and longeur and has two horses and two vaulters at this international competition in Lexington, Kentucky. It started today and runs through Sunday. But the very best part (for those of us who didn't make the trip) is this live video feed!

[Note: When live competition is not proceeding a promotional video for WEG loops instead.]

> Single-click on "livestream" in the upper-right corner to launch a dedicated viewer. :)
> Or, click the I/O icon in the lower-left to stop streaming. :(
> Click the "ON-DEMAND" button to find a list of completed classes available for reviewing.

The Kentucky Vaulting Cup is a test event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the same venue in 2010.

UPDATE: Audio now defaults to muted on refresh.

UPDATE II: I (jk) have moved the player to the "Continue Reading.." page.

Posted by JohnGalt at 10:31 AM | Comments (4)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

You go, Dagny!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 30, 2009 12:01 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at July 30, 2009 12:43 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I don't know the back story yet but I just watched dagny's biggest horse, Sampson, carry one of the California vaulting teams. As far as I know he was NOT scheduled to do so. There might have been a problem with the team's own horse requiring a last minute substitution - a common occurrence in competition. Sam went great and so did the team! Yaay! As Drudge would say, "Developing."

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2009 3:50 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I have more details on yesterday's developing story. The team's horse showed signs of lameness during their warmup round. For fear that it might get worse they decided to switch horses and chose Sampson. All of Sampson's tack (and dagny's showing clothes) had been put away for the day and couldn't be recovered in time for the scheduled go, just minutes away. Other vaulting clubs contributed everything from bridle and bit to boots and clothes for dagny to wear. This sort of cameraderie is also very common at vaulting competitions.

Under FEI rules all competitors must use the same horse for the entire competition. This means that Sampson will be carrying the A-team (internationally they call it CVI** - say "CVI two star") freestyle today at 3:40 pm Eastern and tomorrow as well. Try to catch it if you can! It will be one of the premier events of the entire competition. If anything will impress you with vaulting it will be high level team performances.

Posted by: johngalt at July 31, 2009 10:16 AM

May 26, 2008

Eagles 20 - Broncos 5


Chase Utley drove in a career-best six runs, Jamie Moyer had a season-high seven strikeouts and the Philadelphia Phillies scored their most runs in nearly a decade, a 20-5 rout over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Utley hit a three-run shot to tie Lance Berkman and Dan Uggla for the major league lead with 16 homers. Utley finished 3-for-6, Chris Coste added a three-run homer and Pedro Feliz had four hits and four RBIs.

Philadelphia scored its most runs since a 21-8 win over the Chicago Cubs on July 3, 1999, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Phillies batted around three times and had season-highs in hits (19) and runs a day after beating Houston 15-6.

Posted by AlexC at 11:52 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Ow! I should send you a couple of TastyKakes back.

Posted by: jk at May 27, 2008 10:33 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Six runs here, six runs there ... pretty soon you're talking about a real score!

Dagny told me when I came inside at the top of the sixth, "You don't want to watch the game." It got worse from there, but I watched. 'Til the end. What can I say, I'm a fan when they win and I'm a fan when they lose. Still looking for them to find the winning formula again...

P.S. Out-of-staters likely haven't seen the infamous new Rockies commercial: Clint Hurdle - "Hey Mattie, you touch that?" (Addressing Matt Holiday and pointing at a plate on the table.) Other players chimed in, "Yeah, he touched it. I saw him." It was an instant classic.

Posted by: johngalt at May 27, 2008 3:27 PM

October 7, 2007



At least the third game was close.

Addresses please gentlemen.

Posted by AlexC at 1:33 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

That was a great game. Humidor or not, I am still not used to seeing a pitchers' battle at Coors Field.

I feel sheepish accepting payment when the full details of the wager were never settled. However, I am now intrigued by Tastykakes. I suggest that JG and I can share, we need a good excuse to get together.

Posted by: jk at October 7, 2007 2:10 PM
But dagny thinks:

Close game it was. However, jg noted that the Rockies scored exactly twice as many points as the Phillies in each game.

Posted by: dagny at October 7, 2007 3:25 PM
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

Urrghhh,..how well does Yuengling travel??

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at October 8, 2007 11:42 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Hey, anything can be shipped if it's packed carefully enough!

Posted by: johngalt at October 10, 2007 2:55 PM


The Colorado Rockies nascent postseason dream rolls on. AlexC voiced the Phillies' sentiment that they'd rather have faced the Padres than the Rockies. I'm confident the Diamondbacks would rather be facing the Padres too, or even the Phillies. After all, the Rox beat Arizona 10 games to 8 during the season including 2 of 3 to close it out. Had the Snakes managed to win just one of those final two games they'd have saved the Padres their early disappointment... and the Phillies theirs... and, just maybe, their own.

No I'm not counting chickens, at least not yet, but it's hard to imagine the D-backs not having some doubts. They watched Rockies pitching shut down the highest scoring team in the National League. And they did it with a pitching staff comprised of rookies, cast-offs and a second-year staff ace, none of whom anyone east of Limon has ever heard of. Then consider that Helton's Heroes led the National League in team batting average this season while Snakes batters were dead last. (Only the lowly Chicago White Sox were worse in all of MLB.) In fact, Arizona won the NL West title while allowing more runs than they scored, a feat comparable to George Bush's 2000 electoral performance over Albert Gore Jr: Both are still being studied for clues to explain how they were even possible.

A careful, objective series preview for Rox vs. Snakes isn't what this post is all about, although they stack up against each other pretty well. The point right here, right now, is that sometimes in sports "magic" happens. It isn't really magic of course, that's just what it feels like. Clint Hurdle's not a rah rah guy and rarely shows emotion on the bench, but he does know how to fire up players and inspire their best performances. He's used the same line all season: "Respect everything. Be in awe of nothing." There's a tremendous amount of power to motivate hard work and confidence in those few words. Now, on the eve of the pennant series, there's more to add: "They've [Diamondbacks] had more success than us in the past and that was always a little rock in our shoe that we've had to wear, so now the opportunity to play them in the N.L.C.S. is going to be special."

The charmed season continues.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:38 PM

October 4, 2007

Rockies Up Two Games to Zero

When the first two batters hit home runs, it's hard to get your hopes up.

But they were close, until they blew it.

Posted by AlexC at 8:09 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at October 4, 2007 8:54 PM
But dagny thinks:

jg has me mostly converted to a baseball fan these days. The cool thing about the Rockies is that the hero is different each time. Noone expected Kaz.

Posted by: dagny at October 5, 2007 9:53 AM

October 2, 2007

"Holy Cow."

Breaking news from the Guardian UK: In the immortal words of Harry Caray, "Rockies Win! Rockies Win!"

After watching patiently for 12 and a half innings and being crushed by the two-run homer given up by a hapless Jorge Julio I announced to my parents that I'd listen to the rest of the game on the drive home. Decorated in the Troy Tulowitzki jersey I had worn to the office I loaded the sleeping kids into the car and started off on the somber drive that would witness the playing out of the end of a season to remember for the 'never-say-die' Colorado Rockies. I parted with the words, "Yeah, but we've hit him hard before" when dad grimly observed that the Padres closer is something of a legend. I was tough on the outside but in my heart I was beginning the grieving process. I was ready to say "Die well my brothers."

Fortunately, for the Rockies, for Denver, for me, I wasn't at the plate to start the bottom of the 13th against the "Hall of Fame lock" the "best closer of all time" Trevor Hoffman. Kazuo Matsui was. On a 2-2 pitch Kaz doubled to right-center. "The tying run is at the plate" says Rockies play-by-play man Jeff Kingery. I thought to myself how Jeff always puts the best spin on the situation, and what a pleasure it was to listen to his account rather than the dunderheads from Atlanta calling the game for TBS. The next batter, Troy Tulowitzki, the steeley rookie shortstop with the maturity of a mere one season under his belt, worked the dominating owner of 524 career saves into a 3-2 count before hammering the ball into the gap in left-center to score his fellow middle infielder and then legging it into a double. Still with no outs the MVP candidate Matt Holiday came to the plate. "Pinch me" I thought. Tying run in scoring position and nobody out! Matt drove a first pitch fastball into right field sending the ball and the Padres Brian Giles careening off the wall in quick succession. By the time Giles got up and got the ball back in Tulowitzki had tied the game and the winning run slid into third in the person of Matt Holliday. Nobody out. I struggled to contain my cheers lest I wake the dear little ones in the back seat. The unavoidable conclusion didn't wait long to arrive. Bud Black intentionally walked the left-handed Todd Helton to face the utility infielder who had replaced the power-hitting Garrett Atkins as a pinch runner in the seventh. On Hoffman's first pitch Jamey Carroll flew out to medium right field and Holliday tagged up. Sliding in head first, after a pregnant pause, "He's in there!! Barrett dropped the ball! The Rockies have won the game!" There's only one word to describe a win like this one - "Epic."

On an interesting side note, and something I didn't notice throughout the entire game until watching DVR'd replays after the fact, the mechanical out-of-town scoreboard that Brian Giles bounced off of in right field was replete with game scores. But there weren't any other games today. Hey, those are yesterday's scores. Why would the Coors Field staff leave yesterday's scores plastered all over the right field wall? Was everyone occupied hanging the bunting for this 'not quite postseason, not quite regular season' winner take all crap shoot? Or, perhaps, they wanted to remind the Padres what happened to them yesterday in Milwaukee, losing 11-6 at the hands of the Brewers. I don't know what to say, except thank you Brewers. Thank you Ned Yost.

Next stop: The city of brotherly love and the Phillies. See you Wednesday!

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:20 AM | Comments (7)
But AlexC thinks:

I would have rather faced the Padres in post-season, but I'll take an exhausted Rockies over golf in October.

... and Holliday never touched the bag!

A case of Tastykakes to you guys if the Rockies win the series.


Posted by: AlexC at October 2, 2007 11:44 AM
But jk thinks:

I was thinking of Rocky Mountain Oysters if the Phils prevail...

Posted by: jk at October 2, 2007 11:54 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Yeah, yeah, you can take up that "he missed the plate" stuff with these guys. The Rox lost games to the Brewers and the Giants when two other home run calls were blown by the ump so to have a third one in the last game of the season is ironic. Fix any ONE of those three umpiring errors and this game is either won or never played.

Personally I'm glad the game ended on a controversial play so fans around the country have something to gripe about besides "Coors Field sucks and should be torn down and replaced by a pressurized dome!" Whatever. Last I checked, both teams pitched from the same mound and hit for the same fences. It's different. Live with it.

Rocky Mountain Oysters, JK? Heck, WE should have to eat those if the Phillies win. How about some Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter? mmmmmmm!

Posted by: johngalt at October 2, 2007 2:26 PM
But jk thinks:

You've a point, jg, but then again, I've never had TastyKakes. I was trying to think of something good, but every one I thought of was beer as well. I don't think our soi disant free country would allow its citizens to ship a whole case across state lines. You know, commerce clause and all. Wickard v Filburn.

Not to mention the implicit refutation of whether a bag was touched...

Posted by: jk at October 2, 2007 4:14 PM
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

A case of Yuengling Lager! Since all that ever came outta Colorado was Coors, you might like to try some real beer! :)

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at October 2, 2007 10:14 PM
But AlexC thinks:

I elected to go with Tastykakes because of that whole "shipping bottles" problem.

Besides, Tastykakes are full of fat and sugar and goodness.

But you guys better start thinkin' about what to git me.

Posted by: AlexC at October 3, 2007 1:59 PM

September 23, 2007

You Win Some...

This may ease jk's concern:

For a brief second, it looked like Cleveland Browns were off to a 2-1 start for the 2007 season. The Oakland Raiders, using a tactic that worked against them last week with the Denver Broncos, would call a timeout at the last second and make Phil Dawson and the Browns attempt a field goal a second time. The first, that didn't matter, sailed through the goal posts. The second attempt would be blocked.

Posted by Harrison Bergeron at 8:39 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Bob Costas chimed in on JK's side during halftime of NBC's 'Football Night in America.' His suggestion was that time outs should only be allowed when the clock isn't already stopped. Apparently Bob has never changed his mind, or doesn't think NFL coaches should possess the ability to do so.

Posted by: johngalt at September 25, 2007 3:31 PM

July 28, 2007

Bonds & the Home Run


In a more enlightened age, when the risks and the costs of these medical miracles come down, we'll look back on Bonds' triumph as a victory for all of us. We'll see our booing of him as symptoms of a silly, Luddite phobia of manipulating our own bodies. I'm sure there was an equal outcry when makeup was invented. And hair dye and the Wonder bra. How our ancestors went on, I have no idea.

Bonds is not using a corked bat, which many players have, just as plenty of pitchers have scuffed balls. He has simply redesigned his body. Like so many of us have. Medicine, surgery and genetic engineering are no more an affront to God than drinking the protein shakes he didn't leave on the vine. And until we accept that, we're going to keep losing to those we call cheaters.

So next week, I'll be watching Bonds with my Lasiked eyes, free of the scar that was laser-pulsed from my nose, while I run a hand through my Rogained hair. And of course I'll be holding -- because it makes me feel better -- a beer.

I'm wondering if the pitch that goes over the fence is going to a sandbagged "i want to be the one that threw that pitch" kind of deal.

Because at least he should work for it.

Posted by AlexC at 10:58 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

It really is an interesting question. "Isn't that what Jefferson meant when he wrote that whole "pursuit of happiness" thing? Or do you really think the dude was just talking about stamps and tea?"

A blogger long ago asked journalists who were beating up on McGwire and Bonds: "What if there were a drug that would boost your IQ 20 points and improve your memory with the same long term risks as steroids?"

I'm sorry I've forgotten who it was, but the suggestion was that that people would enhance their own careers if the compounds existed, yet they are quick to leap on athletes.

That said, it doesn't help that he is a complete asshole...

Posted by: jk at July 29, 2007 2:16 PM
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

Is it any wonder why McGuire got out of the game before confronting this PR nightmare?

I guess steroids do make you stupid.

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at July 29, 2007 10:28 PM

January 1, 2007

Woe Big Red

I bleed black and gold. It's been that way ever since April 24, 1985, when the University of Colorado Golden Buffaloes reverted to their traditional color scheme from the ghastly "Air Force Blue" mandated by the University's Board of Regents in 1981 (the year of my matriculation to CU).

Colorado football has seen rough times since the 1990 National Championship season, Coach McCartney's abrupt resignation in 1994, and the November 23, 2001 blowout victory over Nebraska (the "62-36" game). Troubles on the field coincided with off-field distractions in 2004-2005 arising from a largely trumped up case of date rape by Boulder DA Mary Keenan Lacy, who took office in 2001 and who boasts of becoming "a successful prosecutor and national instructor on Acquaintance Rape," on her official web page.

Despite the recent disappointments, Buff fans still had the Nebraska rivalry to keep their hopes high and their blood warm. Since the Buffaloes finally broke through and defeated Nebraska in 1989, and again in the Championship season, it has been the red-letter game for the team and its fans. The 2001 team dealt an embarrasing defeat to "The Corn" but with this year's loss are 2-3 in subsequent matchups.

The Buffaloes stayed home this bowl season. Under first year head coach Dan Hawkins they managed only two victories all season, four shy of the minimum for bowl eligibility. As such, die hard fans such as myself are relegated to rooting for other Big 12 teams in the various bowls. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas did the conference proud with victories while Kansas State and Texas A&M were blown out and Missouri lost a squeaker to Oregon State.

Then there was the Auburn-Nebraska Cotton Bowl game today. I'm sorry, it just isn't possible for me to root for The Corn. Even against an SEC opponent. At the end of this year's CU-NU game, which was 14-14 late into the 3rd quarter, Nebraska had scored on a trick play and added two more touchdowns but CU's Hawkins was not about to quit. When he called a time out late in the game, Nebraska's coach Bill Callahan shook his head and smirked. "What an ass," I thought. "Is a coach not supposed to do his job for the full 60 minutes? Does he inspire a warrior spirit in his players by folding up his playbook when his team trails late in a game?" Apparently that is precisely Callahan's philosophy. Fast forward to the end of today's Cotton Bowl. The teams were tied 14-14 at halftime and Auburn added a field goal in the 3rd quarter. Nebraska had its chances to score but never capitalized, even forgoing a 47-yard field goal attempt for a pass play on 4th and 13. (Apparently the coach who is a "rare find" found an average field goal kicker to be even rarer during recruiting season.) But with 1 minute to go Auburn had 3rd down, 2 yards to go. They ran a sweep right and the Auburn ball carrier was tackled at the line to make. It was close. The officials ruled a first down... without a measurement. Callahan's reaction? The smirk. He took off his headset and handed it to an assistant. "Game over," he clearly thought, still smirking.

Fortunately for Callahan's team, the officials didn't think so. A booth review showed that the Auburn player was down by contact before the ball crossed the line to make. It was 4th and 1 and Auburn had to punt. Unfortunately for Callahan's team, coach Bill didn't find it necessary to replace his smirk with his headset before his offense ran two more plays, both incomplete passes. As he walked to midfield to shake hands with the Auburn coach, he smirked.

Perhaps if coach hadn't given up his players might have given a better effort, with a better result. Perhaps not. Either way, I'll take coach Hawkins over pretty-boy Callahan to lead my young men in battle every time.

Go Buffs!

P.S. I'm still undecided in a rooting interest for tonight's Fiesta Bowl. The Oklahoma Sooners are in the Big 12 but their coach, Bob Stoops, is almost as arrogant a prima donna as Callahan. And the Boise State Broncos were coached last season by... Colorado's new coach, Dan Hawkins. The balance may be tipped in the Broncos' favor by this article on ESPN. Either way, it should be a whale of a game!


Posted by JohnGalt at 3:57 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

I had no ambivalence nor split allegiance. I was for Boise State all the way.

I hate to play this game, but did anybody really think that that was pass interference on the 2-pt conversion? Whatever.

Through the game I really grew to dislike OU Coach, Bob Stoops. A man of zero grace, leading a HEAVILY favored team and complaining about every call.

Posted by: jk at January 2, 2007 11:35 AM

Denver Bronco Shot and Killed Overnight

Dagny and I were stunned this morning when Google News included a Hawaii Channel.com story headlined Denver Bronco Williams Dies in Drive-By Shooting. I didn't immediately realize who "Williams" was since it's a common surname. I opened the link expecting to read about a backup player we knew little about. Instead I received a second shock when I read the murdered Bronco was starting cornerback Darrent Williams. Darrent has been something of a phenomenon in Denver over the last two seasons and was a fan favorite.

Another report hints at a possible motive for the outrage:

Authorities say that prior to the shooting Williams, Javon Walker and a few other players were at a club when an alteration [sic] broke out with other patrons inside the bar. Williams and his friends decided to leave and the shooting took place moments later.

ESPN reports that "In December, Williams spoke of his desire to return to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, this offseason to talk to kids about staying out of gangs." [...] "When he was younger, he always gravitated to the wrong crowd," said Criss, who coached Williams for three seasons at O.D. Wyatt High in Fort Worth and continued to speak regularly with Williams.

It's too early to tell if Darrent's troubled youth was to blame in the altercation, but the kind of reckless disregard for the law and for human life displayed by the shooter is typical of urban "gangstas." The only good news in these reports is that there seem to be plenty of leads to identify the murderer.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:38 AM | Comments (6)
But jk thinks:

Sad stuff. I was looking to tease the NFC segment of our blog with some gag about the Broncos staying home with a 9-7 record, while the Giants get a wild card slot at 8-8.

I saw the headline and thought that you had beaten me to the punch. Troubled youth or not, let's clearly place the culpability on the thug (or thugs) who pulled the trigger.

Posted by: jk at January 1, 2007 12:19 PM
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

You have to hope this was truly something random, or the work of some disgruntled fan and not caused by Williams' lifestyle (whatever it may have been)

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at January 1, 2007 1:01 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I just watched a live Denver PD news conference on myfoxcolorado.com. We learned that the other two injured passengers were not Broncos, though there were other uninjured passengers who could have been Broncos. The suspect vehicle is a white Chevy Suburban. The weapon was a handgun of unspecified caliber. We didn't hear whether a license plate number was observed.

By "Darrent's troubled youth to blame" I meant one of several possibilities: Darrent partying with gang members who clashed with a rival gang leading to the shooting; or Darrent's group encountering a gang group and Darrent or a friend provoking (or egging on) the gang, which led to the shooting.

Obviously there is no amount of taunting that justifies murder. Only the shooter(s) are to blame. However, gang membership teaches young men to provoke confrontation rather than diffuse it.

Posted by: johngalt at January 1, 2007 2:21 PM
But jk thinks:

It's a fine line between dangerous and deserved but it must be preserved. I am not guessing that Mr. Williams was leaving choir practice on his way to morning vespers. Any party involving basketball players has to be viewed with suspicion.

And yet, the girl in the short skirt does not deserve rape and the guy at the raucous party does not deserve to be shot.

At the risk of flippancy, jg, I am trying to reconcile your appreciation for diffusing confrontation with your "Albums of the Year" selection of "Stuck Mojo." Am I missing some subtleties?

Posted by: jk at January 2, 2007 12:29 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The fact that you consider the differences "subtleties" makes me wonder if you've dismissed them for some reason:

"Trash talk" doesn't equal mass murder.

Answering the bravado of a bar room bully with more of the same is foolish.

Defending your self, your family, your home, and your "'hood" from murderous thugs is valorous.

Please remember that all of my comments as regard this particular tragedy were purely speculative.

Posted by: johngalt at January 2, 2007 10:28 PM
But jk thinks:

I agree that the thread of this topic has left the tragic death of young Mr. Williams. I will continue it in a new post. I think we all agree on the tragedy.

Posted by: jk at January 3, 2007 11:01 AM

December 20, 2006

Your Problem

Now he's your problem, Denver.

Posted by AlexC at 12:01 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Actually, the Nuggets have a reputation for not being all choirboys. I imagine he will fit in when the rest of the team gets back from suspension.

I'll confess I don't follow basketball but it seems that a big name player might do the franchise good.

Posted by: jk at December 20, 2006 10:30 AM

October 8, 2006

Countdown to Debauchery

4PM Eastern on Sunday, if history is any guide, Philadelphia Eagles fans will welcome the Dallas Cowboys and Terrell Owens to Lincoln Financial Field in a "special way."

Booing is old hat.

Throwing empty pill bottles is not.

Any sort of medical type thing that can be easily made airborne, will be.

It's a good thing for the Cowboys, snow is not in the forecast.

It's gonna be great. or embarassing. Depending on your perspective.

Posted by AlexC at 12:38 AM | Comments (7)
But jk thinks:

T.O. catches three for 45 yards -- no doubt the Cowboys organization will throw a big party to commemorate the achievement.

Posted by: jk at October 8, 2006 8:36 PM
But AlexC thinks:

I must credit the stadium security for doing a commendable job of scanning the 60,000 fans for "throwables." I don't think any were thrown!

How about that finish? Just when I thought the Eagles blew it, an interception is returned 102 yards!

Posted by: AlexC at October 8, 2006 9:23 PM
But jk thinks:

Yeah, I was sure TO was going to catch the tying TD and the two-point conversion. You guys have pulled me over to the dark side.

My beloved Broncs will have their hands full tonight; don't know if we'll beat Baltimore with a few field goals.

Posted by: jk at October 9, 2006 10:38 AM
But AlexC thinks:

How about O.D and his "attempt" at making a catch?

Even the announcers said he looked to see if he was going to get hit before catching the ball.

Posted by: AlexC at October 9, 2006 12:31 PM
But jk thinks:

I am an AFC guy and haven't paid that much attention to another prima dona athlete but I was amazed and astounded by Mr. Owens of the tentative feet and untentative mouth. That dude is a piece of work.

I never felt sorry for Bill Parcels (certainly not after Super Bowl XXI) but I felt a tinge of pity for the man yesterday.

Posted by: jk at October 9, 2006 12:53 PM
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

Fly! Eagles! Fly!


Posted by: TrekMedic251 at October 9, 2006 9:40 PM

September 28, 2006

Phillies Bandwagon

I'm definately on the Phillies bandwagon of late... 58 home run hitter Ryan Howard (au natural) AND a wild-card race.

I watched last night's 8-7 14 inning victory until the end, and now I feel like I need to watch tonight's 4 1/2 hour rain delayed game. (An 11:30 pm start)

They're a game and a half back behind the Dodgers and some baseball team from one of those square states out west keeps dropping the ball.

Update: 12:30 am, fourth inning, 1-0 Washington. Highlight so far? Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln running down the first base line. They're guys in regular suits, except for the 8 foot tall heads. I guess that's so you can see them from the upper deck..

Jefferson takes a face plant in the dirt. Ha! He gets up, and shakes his enormous head.

I guess we'd never know if his face turned red.

Update: 1:46 AM. Ken Mandell was the guy playing Jefferson.

Update: That's all she wrote. 3-1 Nationals. Phils now two games back of the Dodgers in the wildcard race. Only the Giants sweeping the Dodgers can help them now.

Posted by AlexC at 11:02 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Wild card berth or not, I'm jealous of your Phillies. At least they're in the hunt! Sorry about the Rocks. A team that pounds out 11 runs shouldn't lose a game by 8. Starting pitching awesome, relievers woesome - that's the story for the Rockies this season.

Better luck next year when they replace Jose Mesa and a few more underachievers.

Posted by: johngalt at September 30, 2006 10:10 AM
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

Give the Phillies a few more seasons. Gillick's so-called "fire sale" that was ballyhooed as the team's white flag for 2006 actually HELPED a team that sinking fast.

Addition by subtraction?

Next on the block: Pat "Bat Glued to My Shoulder" Burrell.

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at September 30, 2006 12:30 PM

March 18, 2006

Terrell Owens

That bum of a football "player" is now playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

    Terrell Owens has gone from stomping on the Dallas Cowboys' star logo to wearing it on his helmet.

    The reviled receiver joined the Cowboys on Saturday, signing a contract to play for Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells in what promises to be an interesting combination of strong personalities.

    There's no questioning his talent -- Owens has consistently put up numbers the Cowboys have lacked since Michael Irvin was in the prime of his career a decade ago.

    It's his attitude that prompted the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles to get rid of Owens. His relationship with the Eagles soured only months after he led them to the Super Bowl, finally ending with his release Tuesday.

Given that Eagles fans hate the Dallas Cowboys more than Satan himself, I eagerly anticipate the day when the Eagles host the Cowboys.

The schedule isn't out yet, but let's hope for Monday Night.

Posted by AlexC at 7:57 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

You only have yourseleves to blame, Philidephians. Youi should have had a big party for his 100th toughdown -- who cares if the team is 3-6. Football is all about individual achievement.

I*'m happy he is at the Cowboys. Usually, every bad boy in the NFL ends up at the Raiders and we have to play them twice.

Posted by: jk at March 19, 2006 10:45 AM
But jk thinks:

UPDATE: I haven't deleted many comments since I instituted the "password" that keeps the vI@gra and teen porn spam bots away.

Someone had posted an anti Rachel Corrie screed here. While I am sympathetic to everything it said, I did not see the connection to TO or the Cowboys football organization.

Get your own blog, or email me with a post. Indiscriminate commenting rubs me the wrong way.

Posted by: jk at March 19, 2006 10:50 AM
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

T.O. finally does something good for Philly! Die-hard Iggles fans already have enough reason to hate the Cowpokes, now we get to exact our revenge on that team cancer!

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at March 19, 2006 12:31 PM