Your “Always Be A Good Sport” Tuesday Evening Open Thread

Beerguyrob

NFL Nuggets:

  • It’s after the holiday, so let’s see who got paid today:
    • Kareem Hunt, who got a two-year, $13.25 million extension from the Browns.
      • Given his $3.25 million salary for this year, it works out to a $6.625 million cap hit each year.
    • DeAndre Hopkins got a two-year extension worth $54.5 million from the Cardinals.
      • It means he’s in the desert for a total of five more years, and for that he gets $42.5 million guaranteed, and the Cardinals get an average $18.8 million cap hit.
  • It’s not paid, but it is representation of a sort: Colin Kaepernick is back in Madden.
    • According to The Undefeated, he is the top free-agent quarterback in Madden 21, with an 81 overall rating. His rating places him among the elite quarterbacks on Madden ’21 and in the top 15 of the video game’s 111 total quarterbacks.
      • In his negotiation with EA Sports, Kaepernick requested that his player in the game wear an Afro, versus the cornrown he sported in Madden ’17.
    • Aside from the obvious MAGA-gamer issues that people will rightly ignore, there is the small issue about why he wasn’t available until after all teams had set their 53-man rosters.
      • There will be expected questions about his rating being higher than half the current starting QBs, but it’s harder to rationalize forcing him into a lineup now that the starters have been cemented into place.
        • Also, it’s the only article on PFT with its comments turned off.

I just want to use my time here today to pay a small tribute to a Pacific northwest broadcasting legend and personal friend, Robert “Bob” Robertson, who died Sunday aged 91. He joins his wife Joanne, who died in 2011 & to whom he was married for 59 years, in the Great Hereafter.

He had a real sportsman’s resume for a broadcaster. Bob Robertson broadcast WSU football for over 50 years (589 games) & basketball for 23 years, Mariners minor league affiliates for over 25 years – including a Mariners stint after Dave Niehaus had his heart attack, and soccer in Seattle & Portland during their NASL days. In his early days, after he gave up on playing pro baseball after one season, one of his first jobs after college was at Notre Dame.

A tribute to his longevity is that he called every Wazzu QB from Tom Roth at the beginning to Gardner Minshew by the end.

Tom Roth (1965) & Luke Falk (2015)

The thing I always take away from his resume is that he was one of the last baseball re-creationists. Sports Illustrated did a story about him & that art back in August 1991. Give it a read if you have been a long-time follower of the game.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (broadcast wing) in 2004.

Also, he was a good friend of Keith Jackson, and this site has a link to their legendary halftime interview from the late-2000s.  He once said I had a very comparable “OHHHH……..DOCTOR!”

His traditional broadcast sign off was, “Always be a good sport; be a good sport all ways.”

If you are from the region, you’ll know, and now miss, his voice.


Tonight’s sports:

  • NHL:
    • Dallas vs. Vegas – 8:00PM | NBCSN / CBC / Sportsnet
      • Game 2 – Dallas leads 1-0
  • NBA:
    • Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 6:30PM | TNT / TSN4
      • Game 5 – Heat lead 3-1
    • Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets – 9:00PM | TNT / Sportsnet360
      • Game 3 – series tied 1-1
  • MLB:
    • Yankees vs. Blue Jays – 6:30PM | Sportsnet1 / MLBN
    • Dodgers at Diamondbacks – 10:00PM | Sportsnet1 / MLBN
  • Wrasslin;:
    • WWE NXT – 8:00PM | USA
      • They used to be Wednesdays against AEW, but consistently lost the ratings battle, so this is their calculated retreat.
        • They says it’s “due to US Open tennis coverage”, but Vince would never admit any defeat.

This is my last regular post for a while. With the season starting up Thursday, we will resume with Scotchy’s previews & oversight of the Live Blogs on game days. Hopefully, if he’s still willing, Joliet Jake will continue with his Wednesday AEW Open Threads. That leaves me with Tuesdays & Saturdays. I hope you’ve enjoyed me trying to keep things going this offseason, but let’s get this season under-the-fuck away, and hope we survive to its conclusion.

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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Brick Meathook

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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bk109

… Oooh, a tank…. Me want, me want bad!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

If you get one then everybody can get one, then we will have small dicked MAGA “militias” with tanks.

Also depending on how much you take it out it can be ~$700,000 to $1,200,000 per annum operational costs. If you can swing that, we’ll be over soon.

bk109

Its Soviet equivalent (with a “totally disabled” autoloader) cost me 40k, a Chieftain Mk10 35k (for a “needs work” tank). Hate to break it to you, but that sticker price is only for the taxpayer, everyone else can bargain hunt. And yeah,I totally hate to inform ya, but in theory everyone can get a tank or APC, provided they’ve got the cash and relevant driving license (a good “starter” unit is the MT-LB or BMP-1, preferably ex-Swedish, ’cause they come after an engine overhaul at ~5-10k apiece).

(not the cheapest place, but I got the Chiefy and a Stormer from here – https://tanks-alot.co.uk/product/chieftain-tank/ )

Hell, while I’m at it – you can also get a Mach-2 capable interceptor (for less than half a mil if you go with a MiG-21 or less than 5mil if you go with a Su-27/ MiG-29) or combo light-attack/advanced trainer under 250k….Money goes a long way, mate

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I’ve watched the tank rebuilding shows so you are not telling me anything new or informing me. The GIF in a full armed and functional Abrams M1A1 with the US Army, thus the cost. I don’t think you can get one, even from the grave yards, maybe I’m incorrect, but it certainly wouldn’t be fully armed, which was kinda the point. It is pretty common knowledge that you can get anything you want from former Soviet Union countries, but importing it to the US fully armed would be an issue, although now it would probably be easier than in the past.

I understand, even with my simple uninformed mind, that one can rebuild anything with enough energy and time, and some cash, but my guess is that the toy soldiers going to protests of which I was speaking are not history re-builder enthusiasts, but maybe some are. But thanks for the lecture.

Last edited 21 days ago by Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

I guess you mean the autoloader is Soviet? The Chieftain is a British tank so I assume you just put both into one sentence.

I was also US-centric, main audience is Canadian and US so I neglected to be all inclusive.

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bk109

The Russian equivalent (sorta) to the M1A1’s – the T-72 (let’s gloss over that it’s an export downgraded M3 and not an ex-USSR “proper” 72) with a “totally disabled” (one fuse is removed XD) autoloaded was 40k. Sorry, I was typing on almost no coffee, so I made less sense than usual 😀

yeah right

I’ll try to keep this short, like I’ve ever done that before.

After a months long search it looks like I’ve got a new home.

I’ve been in El Segundo since February of 2012 and it’s been a good ride. I work here and it’s close as fuck to my job.

I’ve been sharing a house with the 2 elder brothers and it was mostly good. Until the lockdown. Eldest brother and DJ TAJ were furloughed the same day in March. After spending 5 plus months sharing the same place and the same walls with no change, things became untenable.

They drove each other insane.

I didn’t notice because I’m going to work every day in a GLOBAL FUCKING PANDEMIC!

Eldest brother tapped out and retired to Reno to be with his youngest daughter.
Smart choice.

When I first moved to LA in February of 1992, I’ve shared this story before, I moved to San Pedro on the harbor. Loved it. It always felt like home. Lived there for 20 years before moving to El Segundo.

After extensive apartment hunting over the last month we found a seriously sweet-ass place in…

San Pedro.

For the symmetry element it’s a block away from the very first house I rented in Pedro when I moved here in 1992.

Pedro is a little more “street” than El Segundo but it’s as close to home as I’ve had since my parents died.

I’m going the fuck home, people.

I’m moving back to Pedro.

And if your ass wants to stay non-violated you’ll pronounce it PEE-droh like the locals do.

I’m going home and I have a tear in my eye I’m so goddamn happy.
Fuck yes.

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ballsofsteelandfury

Who knew you were Croatian?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Gumbygirl

I’m happy for you!

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Glad you got the indoor pool.

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Senor Weaselo

Senorita Weaselo, after going through the Miyazaki catalog, has now started on the non-Miyazaki Ghibli films.

She is saving Grave of the Fireflies to watch with me, and waiting as long as possible.

Gratliff

I’ve been going through them with the boy and he went from reluctantly agreeing to watch because they were too childish (Totoro) or definitely for girls (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) to completely invested in working through the entire collection. You can watch his whole attitude change through the course of each film as they become some of his favorites. Wanted him to experience them before he becomes completely immersed in teenage cynicism.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Or started a cult.