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Matt Cooke: Noted Clown

Monday, March 21st, 2011

10 games was not enough. 1st round of the playoffs is not enough. We’re talking about player safety here, and Cooke has repeatedly proven that he has no regard for his fellow players. Two things should have happened:

1) Cooke is done for the season and his ability to play is reviewed (like parole) for next year based on his actions to prove that he has changed

2) Failing that (as the NHL did), given the Penguin’s history of head injuries and Lemieux’s recent comments about violence in the league, the team should suspend him. It would be a major statement about this type of play, and it would be very appropriate considering Crosby’s injury and Lemieux’s comments.

PS: Bertuzzi got a year for a head shot with an unlucky result and nowhere near Cooke’s history.

NFL Labour Issues: Decertification and legal battle a “lock”

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

From Sports Illustrated:

1) Given that the owners (and the NFL) can’t (or won’t) prove what
their trouble is, I think we have an impasse that will move to the
next stage.

2) Lockout occurs.

3) Probably decertification happens. It’s what I would do.

4) However, given the legal framework discussed in the article, I have
the following conclusions:
a) The players lose the lawsuit against the draft, the cap, revenue
sharing, and free agency. These things are clearly pro-competition.
You are talking about competition over a limited resource (ie the
number of payton mannings) therefore, special competition rules are
allowed (see bandwidth wholesaling in canada). Further, parity and
competition have only improved in all leagues where these things are
done. Only a judge who has no understanding of sports or economics
could be duped by this. The only other issue is a judge who really
thinks that 4 teams with all the stars is the best.

b) The players win on the 3 years out of highschool rule and they
likely win the right to some revenue sharing.

5) The other place the union will lose (particularly if it
decertifies, and also, I think that the NFL should have little trouble
proving that the decert was in bad faith) is on the 18 games. As long
as the NFL is willing to compensate based on the increase work and
risks, the union (or trade assoc) will not be able to stop it. It
would be just the same as a regular employer adding duties to an
existing union. As long as the payment is fair, the union can’t stop
it. Certainly, you could delay and take the payment to arbitration,
but you’d still have to do the work. Unless they could prove that the
extra game is as dangerous as requiring workers to wear asbestos nose
plugs or something, and that seems unlikely.

Quietly about games

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I just finished watching an “issue” of the escapist on non-combat games, and I am compelled to comment. I must first complement these people on an excellent product. I rarely have any complaints when I watch these. BUT NOT THIS TIME!

First, re-using mechanics from combat for non-combat purposes is a great (though not new) idea. The real genius in this section is the example of the “convince” bar. This kind of visual representation is lost in most mechanics (even combat ones) and in most games. More visual representation of what we’re doing!!!!

Second, the reason combat is more interesting and desirable in a game is that I can talk in real life. I can’t cut a demi-god’s head off in real life. I also can’t be president in real life, but if I need to talk to become president, we’re back to real life. Now, if I had to kill zombies to be president, we’re back in business.

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Hello and welcome to our blog. This post is replacing the Hello World! post that the good people at WordPress put in automatically, so I felt I need SOME kind of welcome blurb. A side note, the existence of Hello World (is it a meme?) causes me to want to spell the word “hello” like this: “hellow”. End blurb.

What will you find here? I think the subtitle says it all: “Sports Served Subversively”. I’m not going to guarantee 100% subversion 100% of the time, but it is our goal to come at sports from at least 3 degrees counterclockwise from the rest of sports media. We hope you enjoy it.