One of the stars of the new NFL season will make its debut this Sunday. It's not a player - it's Arizona Cardinal's stadium. It's got a retractable roof, and a movable grass field
that can roll out of the facility where it will reside most of the year and get its nourishment, maintenance and grooming. First of its kind in North America. NPR audio piece.
posted by jaimev
on Sep 8, 2006 -
Design. Architecture. Football.
The awe-inspiring sight of the entire Argentina team moving fluidly as if to some pre-ordained ballet was simply Liquid Football. 24 passes throughout 8 of the 10 outfield Argentines, ... was largely improvised in real-time, entirely determined by the context of the opposing team - which cannot be accurately predicted at all.
posted by signal
on Jun 29, 2006 -
The London Review of Books has a World Cup blog.
So has The New Republic
and Tony Blair's spinmeister Alastair Campbell
. WFMU tracks World Cup related fatalities on its World Cup Death Watch
while Slate's William Saletan sends us Dispatches from the World Cup
. And then there's the expected gaggle of World Cup blogs from the mainstream media (NYT
, Sydney Morning Herald
, Der Spiegel [in english]
, The Guardian
And finally, the mother of all World Cup blogs, worldcupblog.org
, with individual bloggers for each country, a main blog, and, my favorite section, a referee's blog
posted by Kattullus
on Jun 19, 2006 -
'The Helmet Project
web site is an attempt by its creator, a completely amateur graphic artist and a long-time fan of football at all levels, to create and maintain an on-line "catalog" or "atlas" of uniform-sized, accurate, and up-to-date images representing the football helmets worn by college football teams and teams from a few professional leagues in the United States and Canada.'
posted by T.D. Strange
on Jun 5, 2006 -
The guy who stormed the pitch and cheekily presented Thierry Henry
with a Barcelona jersey during last week's Champion's League match versus Villareal has a website
. Regardless of where you stand on pitch invaders, "there will be no way to remain indiferent in front of his universal cause of feeling implicated with what he does
He's got a few videos
posted by TheFarSeid
on Apr 30, 2006 -
Let me make you an offer you can refuse...
The Nigerian Football Association has adopted the "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" policy regarding bribery of officials. They now say that officials can accept bribes, so long as said bribes don't affect the game's outcome.
Brilliant. Why didn't anyone think of this before?
posted by TheFarSeid
on Apr 3, 2006 -
The Steelers were 7-5, then won their final four regular-season games to secure the AFC's last playoff spot. They went to Cincinnati and won a wild-card game. They won at Indianapolis, which had the league's best record. And then they handed Denver its first home loss in the AFC championship game.
And now they're the first 6th seed playoff team ever to win the Super Bowl
. History made.
posted by allkindsoftime
on Feb 5, 2006 -
George Best dies at 59.
Footballer George Best has died today from an infection after a protracted iillness due to ill health following his battles with alcoholism.
A great talent
he was famous for his good looks, ability and love of the ladies.
"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars - the rest I just squandered."
Rest in peace Besty.
posted by ClanvidHorse
on Nov 25, 2005 -
Supersized in the NFL
Analyzing data from the 2003-2004 season, researchers say "more than a quarter of NFL players had a body mass index that qualified them as class 2 obesity
" -- equivalent to a 6-foot man weighing between 260 and 300 pounds.
Even those players weren't the biggest ones: the study counted more than 60 players
-- 3 percent -- with body mass indexes placing them into class 3 obesity
, with individual weights approaching 400 pounds.
"I don't know what's going on in the minds of coaches", said lead researcher Dr. Joyce Harp
, an assistant professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Players' growing girth "is a major concern," said Dr. Arthur Roberts
, a former NFL quarterback and retired heart surgeon (.pdf file)
whose Living Heart Foundation
works with the players' union to evaluate heart-related health risks faced by current and retired players. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Mar 1, 2005 -
2006 World Cup Tickets
went on sale last night at midnight, and since then over 500,000 tickets have been ordered.
Orders have come in from over 108 countries from people looking for their chance to see the premier competition of the most popular sport on the planet.
Everyone will get a fair shot at the tickets with any orders between now and the end of March being put into a lottery to see who gets tickets.
posted by daveirl
on Feb 1, 2005 -
explains seven or eight professional soccer/football teams, including highly regarded Manchester United and FC Porto
, are interested in "a phenomenon, probably the best player to come out of Brazil" : Jean Carlos Chera, nine years old and 4' 6". A video
) [wmv format, 8MB] demonstrates Jean's abilities.
posted by quam
on Jan 27, 2005 -
The battle for the NFL
After EA Games bombshell
announcement that it had signed a five-year exclusive licensing deal with the NFL
, many sports games fans are wondering what will happen to their favorite franchises that don't feature John Madden
. You can bet ESPN
is hoppin' mad (and probably Microsoft as well), as are fans of its NFL 2K
series (of which I'm a proud member). Do deals like this hurt the fans or the sport ... or even the gaming industry itself? I certainly think so. Sports is about competition! Oh, no, wait it's about money. Never mind.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Dec 17, 2004 -
The Dead Schembechlers
- a college football rivalry goes punk rock crazy. (Background audio on first page & lyrics pages)
Rising up out of Columbus, Ohio's “Wolverine Hatecore” scene, The Dead Schembechlers have earned the dual titles of "The Best Damn Punk Band on the Planet" and "The Band Most Likely to Have Their Eyeballs Gouged Out If They Ever Show Up in Michigan."
Hey Ho... Fuck Bo!
posted by putzface_dickman
on Nov 17, 2004 -
Ricky Quits Football to Smoke Dope
Ricky Williams knew he'd failed a third drug test and retired from football before his coach found out.
Says Ricky, "I didn't quit football because I failed a drug test," he told the Herald. "I failed a drug test because I was ready to quit football."
Williams said he's not addicted to marijuana. And I'm sure he can quit anytime he wants to but maybe he got confused and quit his profession instead of his "hobby"?
Is this the first time a star athlete's quit because he wants to hang out and smoke dope?
posted by fenriq
on Jul 29, 2004 -
It's time to send the team home:
"England has bred a contemporary culture of immoderation at every level, with particular reference to drinking and fighting. The recent Panorama
programme on weekend binge-drinking in city centres provided a wake-up call, as should the novelist Andrew O'Hagan's admirable essay
on current British attitudes to masculinity, reprinted in yesterday's G2." (via The Guardian)
posted by n o i s e s
on Jun 17, 2004 -
- Shockwave recreation of the major incidents in all the Euro 2004 matches. Select from multiple cameras, players' viewpoints or even the point of view of the ball. note - doesn't seem to work in Firefox.
posted by chill
on Jun 16, 2004 -