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 -
I love rugby
I love playing
, I love talking about it
, I love the video game
fans on the other hand....
Why is it Americans tend to be lower key about sports (as fanatic as we are) than the British or other folks who riot, blow stuff up, behead each other, etc.?
I mean, I've slid naked on tile floor through puddles of beer, but cutting off your nuts, that's crazy!
posted by Smedleyman
on Feb 12, 2005 -
Cuban says "Please make me apologize… The FCC as Marketing Partner" and he hits on the latest network trick.
posted by billsaysthis
on Nov 17, 2004 -
claimed to be a sporting champion whose brave and public battle against cancer turned her into a national hero across France.
But when Florence le Vot
was asked to become the patron of a charity to tackle the disease her conscience finally got the better of her.
posted by sgt.serenity
on Feb 17, 2004 -
Perhaps This Public Image/Persona Thing Has Gone Just A Little Too Far: Luís Campos Lopes
, the manager of the Portuguese football team Vitoria de Setúbal
has just been sacked
for "projecting a negative image of the club". [Link in Portuguese, but please read on.
] The reason? Just watch the photo-sequence in the main link. Luís Lopes had trouble putting on his Setúbal vest during a crucial game with Benfica! I.e. the powerful sports media in Portugal and Brazil have had a riot with the photographs and the poor widdle proprietors were embarrassed. So? He may not be a brilliant manager - but isn't this blatant lookism
? Isn't "image" becoming much too big for its boots, as it were, in professional sports? [Here is the only English language reference I could find. Please scroll down to "Luís Campos".
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 31, 2003 -
I know Metafilter's not exactly a huge group of sports fans, but this was a great
(and unexpected) victory!
posted by valval22
on Jan 3, 2003 -
Here's a story
that's been circulating the sports talk circuit but transcends to normal walks of life, and might brighten up your day.
posted by dig_duggler
on Nov 11, 2002 -
Want to listen to the World Series on the Web? Pay $9.95
. I know, it's a sports post, so (most) everyone will hate it, but I see a disturbing trend of no more free media lunches on the Web. CNN went subscription
months ago, and most other places I've gone for free video/audio are drying up. All I wanted was to listen to the game. But I can't find it anywhere. All the regular stations I listen to that carry the game are silent. And how will the Angels make a valiant comeback if I can't cheer them on? (sigh)
posted by TheManWhoKnowsMostThings
on Oct 26, 2002 -
Commish or Capo?
Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig has been sued under the RICO Act
for wire and mail fraud. The charge stems from his attempt at the contraction of two teams
in Major League Baseball.
Mr. Selig can't seem to get a break from bad publicity. Does he deserve one?
posted by Argyle
on Jul 16, 2002 -
World Cup Conspiracy.
Here's one for the X-Files. The Azurri believe they were the victims of a conspiracy to oust them from World Cup 2002.
Alessandro Del Piero broke his usual cool exterior as anger seeped through. "In ten years of my career I have never complained," said the Juventus star, "but in four games too many strange things have happened."
posted by percine
on Jun 18, 2002 -
Korea 2-1 Italy. A classic World Cup in the making?
First it was Senegal dumping out the French, and then the Argies and the Portuguese were left biting the dust. Spain and Ireland fought out a nail-biting penalty shoot-out, Saudi Arabia got hit for eight, and now South Korea
continue their miraculous journey by sending Italy home. Next on the cards: let's hope for another classic when England take on Brazil!
posted by arrowhead
on Jun 18, 2002 -
Punks vs. Yuppies in San Francisco
I don't know how I feel about trying to get yuppies and punks to reconcile but I do like the idea of a yuppies vs. punks Olympics. It'd be funny if they had one here in NYC (I'd nominate Willimasburg as the location).
posted by zinegurl
on Jun 16, 2002 -
High Standards, High Expectations For the Select Few
""We have three or four kids that need to be under control when they do something wrong," Ruben said. "The pressure isn't coming from the coaches. It's self-induced. That should be gone by now. When they are 7 or 8, you can chalk it up and say they are only 7 or 8. 'They are 10' doesn't wash anymore."" Somehow, some of us used to have fun
posted by owillis
on May 9, 2002 -
Queen of the hardwood
A local Seattle sports radio station's grand prize is a trip for two to any sporting event in the world. In the spirit of the NCAA basketball tournament, your task is to take the field of sixty-four women and pick the winners until you wind up with the Queen of the Hardwood. Crass, perhaps, but not much more so than anything else. You still have time to enter.
posted by YohonTheLarge
on Apr 10, 2002 -
Meet the Athens Olympics mascots.
I'm not sure when Olympics sites started adopting cartoony mascots, but I'm sure of this much: This pair is the worst I've ever seen. They're supposed to represent Greek gods? Please. They look like they were drawn in about five minutes.
posted by diddlegnome
on Apr 4, 2002 -
Canada Wins Hockey
After watching Belarus pull off a miracle, Canada joins in to see them in the semi final. Question is, who's gonna win? Wooooooooo...
posted by Dav0xor
on Feb 20, 2002 -
Colorado real winner of Games
Besides possible event fixing or the exhaustion of SLOC's 400,000 hot dog supply on DAY 5, what other Olympic donnybrook might be worth mentioning? This will probably not seem interesting to anyone outside of Utah or Colorado, but Denver Post columnist Woody Paige wrote an inflammatory column that has many Utahns, uh, losing their religion.
(You'll note that the link isn't to the Denver Post website -- that's because they yanked the Feb. 12 column from their site earlier today, without comment. A mailto link was posted on their splash page for complaints about the article, but even that's gone now.)
Talk about sour grapes.
I suppose that if the games are ever held in Tel Aviv, Woody will fill his column with references to "funny" Jewish apparel, hair styles, dietary habits, or worse.
FWIW, Barry Newman's column in today's Wall Street Journal was a lot more balanced . Sorry, no link -- subscibers only :(
posted by Big Dave
on Feb 13, 2002 -
Convicted Hockey Dad Killer to get only 3- 5 years?
i know he only threw a few punches, but he was 275 lbs and his victim was 165 lbs. I'm sorry, but killing a guy nearly half your size in front of children - in front of both of their children even - is reason enough for throwing the book at this thug. 20 years = 10 years if he stays cool in the pokie - a pittance if you're the victims kids. Hopefully the Mass judge will make an example out of this totally unneccessary tragedy.
posted by tsarfan
on Jan 11, 2002 -
Black Top Street Hockey ... it's ON!
A new trend for urban sports, Black Top Street Hockey requires "...very little skill, but a lot of pent up aggression and hatred." Well, not really, but the Voice
thinks it's kewl
and among the best leisure sites of 2001. Reminisce
about your own experiences, get some phat accessories
, and you'll be all set. If you're still looking for Xmas
gifts, you might be too late, but you can read
about the hockey experience.
posted by purplecow
on Dec 21, 2001 -
"It wasn't pleasant, but it wasn't World War III"
Watch the Browns/Jaguars game? Maybe it was a bad call, but throwing plastic bottles full of beer
? Anybody who knows me knows I speak out loudly and firmly against the ridiculous sports culture we have in this country. This incident makes me ashamed to be a Clevelander, even a transplanted one. What is it that gets people this riled up and stupid?
posted by starvingartist
on Dec 17, 2001 -
How attached are you to your alma mater?
I heard about this on Bill Geist's "It's Just a Game" this morning and said to myself, "talk about being a longterm fan." The owner of the company says he's considering getting the licensing from professional sports teams. After all, once you're a Cub fan, you're a Cub fan forever.
posted by MAYORBOB
on Nov 10, 2001 -
Baseball player plans to start a forest.
Stan Javier, of the Seattle Mariners, is retiring after this year. He and two contributors plan to spend $31 million dollars toward a forest of mahogany and teak trees to take up between 15,000 and 20,000 acres by the year 2003. They plan to harvest the trees for lumber, but the article suggests that the trees would be as crops much like a farmer harvests wheat and then replants. The potential for this idea gives me a feeling as warm and fuzzy as a marmoset
posted by moz
on Oct 24, 2001 -
The best offense is a good defense?
With all the halting of sporting events and the outspokenness of some athletes, Tuesday's tragedy certainly puts our pasttimes in perspective. But this column's perspective sort of irked me, just from statements like this: "When Monday morning comes, let our enemies know that we are coming after them the way the Baltimore Ravens go after a ball carrier." Come on.
Should sports have continued this weekend?
posted by crunchybird
on Sep 15, 2001 -
stopping football holigans in the gambia
security forces banned from football tourney - "the beating of some of the footballers, team officials and supporters of the opposing team which resulted in the admission to hospital of a footabller and the serious wounding of some supporters is a total violation of fair play and can no longer be entertained by the committee."
well you've got to draw the line somewhere
posted by quarsan
on Aug 26, 2001 -
Not many still-practiced sports existed at the dawn of recorded
history. Sumo wrestling is one of them. I've been trying to learn
about Sumo lately, and with the Aki-Basho tournament coming
up next month, now is the time to follow
web as the drama unfolds.
posted by machaus
on Aug 25, 2001 -
And So It Ends.
With Guilty pleas, the Gold Club trial is over. Now the Feds own the most profitable strip club in the country. Will they pave it? Turn it into a wetland? Or set it up for exploratory oil drilling?
posted by dwivian
on Aug 2, 2001 -
-- The stripper who posed for Playboy and went on national TV after she was kicked off the Cal State Fullerton cross-country team has been offered the chance to wear a Titan uniform once again.
posted by fooljay
on Jul 2, 2001 -
Republican athlete politicians
With trepidation, I post a link to a Slate article (is that akin to posting a Salon article?) Anyway, I've been largely impressed with the "Sports Nut" columns. I think my favourite quote of this one is Brent Jones saying "An athlete is a small business owner whose product is yourself." And Charles Barkely reminding his grandma, unsure of her grandson's political leanings towards the Republicans, "we are
posted by youthbc1
on Jun 12, 2001 -
isn't about drugs at all. It's a site that collects information about pro athletes and their run-ins with various law enforcement agencies. They have an All-Cracksmoker team, Cracksmoker Survivor, and databases divided by sport (and yes, Florida State football has its own database).
posted by Reggie452
on Jun 8, 2001 -
Go to a football match.
Police arrive with tear gas and start a riot. 130 people die. I wonder if the police get some kind of bonus for killing innocent civilians...
posted by timbooker
on May 10, 2001 -
When soocer dads go bad.
Maybe it's the geek klutz in me but I'm always a little leery when people start talking about team sports as a way to build character.
posted by rdr
on May 6, 2001 -
Accused of one of the most bizarre charges in the history of Rugby League, or sport in general, a player has been found guilty of poking his fingers up the anuses of three North Queensland players.
posted by aki
on Mar 28, 2001 -