North by Northeast


Subarus are Great in the Snow
2 February, 2008, 11:59 am
Filed under: cars, outdoors, sport

I suppose I should get one of these for New England Winters.



Lateral This
28 October, 2007, 6:29 pm
Filed under: General, sport

This is the craziest ending I’ve seen to a football game.

I would have embedded the video here, but that’s verboden in WordPress.com land.



Watching the TdF?
10 July, 2007, 10:39 pm
Filed under: bike, sport

I have to admit that I haven’t watched more than twenty minutes of Le Tour de France this year. Ten of those minutes were actually broadcast in French while I was in another country, so in my estimation that translates into roughly an entire stage watched in English?

This year, I actually have to go to work every morning which is making my watching more difficult. Last year, I didn’t have to work every morning. But at least I work at home on Wednesdays, so I’ll be watching tomorrow morning.

ESPN is running a Jim Caple story on Page 2 with reasons we should all still be tuning into LeTdF.

4. U-S-A! U-S-A! Remember how much fun it was rooting against the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War? Now that Russia is our friend (well, sort of, sometimes), we’ve lost that drama at the Olympics. But you can recapture it at the Tour de France by rooting against those damn French, who keep implicating our guys in doping scandals. And we know it’s all sour grapes because Americans have won the past eight Tours and 11 of the past 21, while a French rider hasn’t won since Wham! was big.

But the biggest reason to watch it or at least TiVo it* would be to keep it on the air for more interesting years. *=don’t TiVo if you have a Neilsen box, it won’t count toward ratings. But otherwise, if you have a TiVo controling a cable box, the box can’t tell the difference. I’m certain that modern cable systems are telling the cable companies everything we’re watching since these boxes are now mot much more than networked computers.

OLN cum VS. is already moving further from standard competition programming and towards all sorts of other sketchy things like mixed-martial arts. Let’s try to encourage them to keep one thing from the old days.



Pats Get New Turf – Thumbs Down
16 November, 2006, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Local, sport

After a season of disappointment on the home field this year, the Pats took proactive action this week, by promptly ripping up that grass surface that has been giving them so much trouble this season. I for one applaud this action… they see a problem and don’t wait to fix it. Bravo. That’s what winners do.

However, the natural grass is bring replaced with an articial surface. I am very much against synthetic playing surfaces. If you’re going to have an open air stadium, then, you really need a natural surface. Now, I realize that it is not easy to install a fresh natural surface in a week. So I can see this astroturf as an OK solution until the end of the season, but at that point, they had better get a quality natural surface back into Gillette Stadium. Anything less will be a dissappointment.



Sad Day for US Soccer
22 June, 2006, 4:25 pm
Filed under: sport

An Open Letter to Bruce Arena, Head Coach, US Soccer,

I know we’ve gotten the short end of the penalties stick, but. If we can’t win with this team, who can we win with? Where’s the attack?

Saddened,

US Soccer Fan.



World Cup – US First game prep
12 June, 2006, 4:09 pm
Filed under: sport

Excellent day for a day off… an absolutely perfect day outside. Sadly, I won't see much of it. I'm under house arrest thanks to an HD TV and the World Cup. Just now the US has begun its first match of the tournament.

I had a short trip up the street since we have zero food, and I needed some breakfast and lunch. A trip to the coffee shop for some chai and a scone (breakfast) and the sub shop for lunch, and I'm stocked for the next few hours.