Back in the late 90s, when the jeans were giant and the belts were woven and the tips were frosted, Sega put out a now all-but-forgotten video game console, the Dreamcast. Spaceship controller, Tamagotchi memory cards, easily pirated game discs– it was at the center of so many of my late night teenage brodowns. And with apologies to Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 and Ready2Rumble, there was one game that stood out above the rest, the one always spinning at the end of those nights: NBA 2K.
So the LA Rams made playoffs. Fit and sexy and 11-5 after their long-time-coming breakup with the “greatest bad coach of all time” Jeff Fisher, the Rams handed the keys to first time head coach Sean McVay almost a year ago and haven’t looked back, ending the 2017 regular season with the NFL’s scariest offense. Although there were a number of news items about McVey beating Lane Kiffin’s record to become the new “youngest head coach” in NFL history, every time I see the guy I feel the need to point it out again. Maybe it’s that blonde beard and Ed Grimley haircut. I don’t know.
Back in August last year, an email showed up in the ALTTAB Radio general media contacts account:
Gentlemen-I am sorry that this email is unsolicited. I am a National Football League retired player and I am interested in opportunities you may have for Tv,radio,internet, satellite work in the sports area, specifically football. Contact back with information about dates and locations.
-Pec Thompson Jr.
Pec Thompson Jr? We had no idea who that was. And Google wasn’t being especially forthcoming either. Finally after more than half an hour of deep internets, Dano, the hardest working fake sportswriter in the business, cracked the case.
Clay “Pec” Thompson Jr. [Read more…]
On the podcast, we discussed a very important analysis of NFL, NBA, and MLB team names I did as a weird tangent of our ranking of the worst phobias for athletes to have. Turns out, with the Cardinals, Ravens, Seahawks, Falcons, and Eagles comprising 16 percent of the league, ornithophobes (people who are terrified of birds) would do much better attempting to ply their trades in the MLB (where avian teams account for 10 percent of the league) or even better, in the NBA (where it’s only seven percent– just the Hawks and Pelicans).
Obviously there is a spreadsheet attached to this, so here it is, in case you want to play around.
Click this link: Sports team nicknames
As we discussed in Podcast #2, Missouri’s Michael Sam– 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and projected high round NFL prospect– came out last week. A lot of the media coverage was positive, though there were packets of prejudice, including Sam’s own father. Yet despite the generally welcoming reaction to Sam’s affirmation, we in the ALTTAB Dome were still surprised by an editorial by Dale Hansen, a Dallas sportscaster for ABC affiliate WFAA, from February 10.
Here in Washington, DC, it is currently 16 degrees. The Midwest and the Atlantic coast have been dealing with really spectacularly cold weather over the past month or so, after the polar vortex was followed by the bombogenesis followed by whatever the silly name is for how painfully cold it is today. I mention all of this weather nonsense not because I’m workshopping my old timey farmer one man show at the improv theater later this week, but because the Super Bowl is going to be played NORTH of Washington, in the open-to-the-elements New Meadowlands (or as Nate Jackson would correctly note: [insert corporate logo]) Stadium, in East Rutherford, NJ. It is 18 degrees up in New Jersey right now.
I’m sure the weather will continue to be an interesting storyline leading up to the Super Bowl, but rather than going further down the rabbit hole of hyperventilating sports minutia I wanted to instead direct attention to this fantastic video by British animator Fraser Davidson. Its a three minute overview of “American football” and I guarantee it’ll make you more excited for the Super Bowl than any 10,000 word Bill Barnwell statstanza (statistics + bonanza = statstanza) could. Stay warm!
If your interest was piqued by the mention that one team in the NFL is named for an “antiquated racial slur,” check out our deep dive article into the Redskins’ name controversy.
On January 6, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Alexandria, VA refused a trademark registration request for “Redskins Hog Rinds” on the grounds that the name contained a “derogatory slang term.” While other endeavours have been successful in securing trademarks containing the word “redskins” in the past, this instance is now the fourth “redskins”-related name to be refused trademark status under the rationale that the word is disparaging. In and of itself, this likely to be appealed decision might not warrant much national attention. But given that it came on the still smoking heels of the 2013 NFL season, a season where probably the most famous trademark holder of that term courted substantial controversy by aggressively denying its negative reading, the PTO decision received breathless coverage in the Washington Post, New York Post, conservative magazine National Review, and that arbiter of internet newsworthiness Deadspin, all wondering: Now, will the Redskins finally change their name?
During halftime of NBC’s weekly Sunday Night Football broadcasts, Bob Costas has a few moments to make an editorial comment about issues in the game and even issues that affect the wider, non-sports world. In the past, maybe his highest profile comments have concerned gun violence:
Despite the fact that Game 5 of the World Series was going on at the same time in the same city, the NFL and Monday Night Football soldiered on regardless, and served up a dog fart of a game between the Seahawks and Rams, which the Seahawks won, 14-9. Though maybe nothing could be quite as jaw-clenchingly pedestrian as the Giants’ five field goal “win” over the Eagles on Sunday, these two teams made an honest go of it, putting together some of the best strings of consecutive penalties that we’re liable to see all year. Although the last minute or so was pretty exciting– as the Rams suddenly discovered a run game and made it to a fourth and goal with four seconds left to score the winning touchdown, before calling a final (and unsuccessful) no-back set pass play seeming designed to take advantage of backup quarterback Kellen Clemens’ (at the time of the play call) 15-30 /158 yard / 2 INT performance that night– the most notable part of the game the morning after was the same thing that led the late edition of Sports Center: Golden Tate tauting Rodney McLeod as Tate was on his way to scoring his second touchdown of the night. As taunting goes, it was incisive and effective. Have a look:
But this post isn’t about his typical Jambaroo. It’s about the first part, where Drew usually talks about something stupid, gross, or insane that happened to him or a reader in the past week. This week’s edition, however, was quite serious.