CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen: Six weeks to go and rcade has an 8 point lead. Sure, that may seem insurmountable, but that's only a weekly difference of 1.333333333 points. Easy, right? Switch to fractions and make your picks inside.
Pakistanís National Baseball Team Just Wants You To Know They Exist: Pakistan got mercy-ruled twice at the World Baseball Classic qualifiers last week. But they consider it a successful outing.
Packers Returner Ingeniously Exploits Out-of-Bounds Rule: In Sunday's game, Green Bay Packers kick returner Ty Montgomery made a sneaky use of an out-of-bounds rule, as former NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira explains. I don't think I've seen this done intentionally before.
CFL player Mylan Hicks (age 23) killed in night club shooting.:
It was a game worth celebrating for the Calgary Stampeders. Not only had they beaten the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers on a late and dramatic field goal, the victory had assured the Stampeders a berth in Novemberís Grey Cup run. So several Calgary players, including practice roster defensive back Mylan Hicks, met at the Marquee Beer Market. Hours later, police would find Mr. Hicks sprawled outside the nightclub, a gunshot victim who was rushed to Foothills hospital, where he died. He was 23.
RIP Arnold Palmer, 1929-2016: One of the all-time greats has passed.
Texas A&M takes College Football Belt: The true championship of college football is back in Texas after the Aggies of Texas A&M walloped the Razorbacks of Arkansas 45-24. The belt has now been resident in the Lone Star State for 101 of the last 103 weeks. This is A&M's second title reign after holding it for seven weeks in 1998, and its first reign as a member of the SEC. A&M's first defense will be next weekend in Columbia against permanent cross-division rival South Carolina.
Les Miles out at LSU: Louisiana State University has fired football head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron after a loss to divisional rival Auburn dropped the Tigers to 2-2. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron (former Ole Miss coach and former interim USC coach) will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident: Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez died early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach. He was 24. Fernandez, a former NL rookie of the year having his best season with 16 wins, was one of at least three people killed in the 3 a.m. accident involving a 30-foot boat. "They found a boat that was up against the jetties," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo said. "They did do an initial search and they found three victims -- two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away."
SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey Looking for Teams: Koharski's Donuts, this site's fantasy hockey league, is beginning its fourth season on ESPN in just a few weeks. It's a head-to-head league where teams face off each week in 10 rotisserie categories. A live draft is held the Sunday night before the season begins. A cash prize is awarded to the champion and the other three playoff teams. If you're interested in joining (or a returning owner), post here. Most owners are expected to return, but there should be at least 1-2 openings for new teams.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen: Maybe you're still wearing shorts, cranking the A/C, and making regular trips to the beach. But up here, us Canadians are already storing nuts and seeds in our cheeks for the imminent winter. Or maybe that's squirrels. Either way, the CFL playoffs are not too far away. Grab your nuts and make your picks inside.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition: After two weeks in SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, tron7 leads with 150 points followed by jagsnumberone at 144 and tahoemoj at 138. The winner will receive an official NFL game ball.
Mud and Glory: "Of a wet and thunderous sodden Saturday they couldnít put on any lights fifty-two years ago, there werenít any to put on. It grew much darker and blacker in vilest intensity with coagulated punch-ups going oddly unnoticed due to the annoying and most profound darkness that at least cost nothing. The dark has always been on the house I think youíll find. Dark and mud sponsored the game of life back then before the new artificial grass authorities put the kybosh on free thinking."
Lady Gaga Will Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show: Lady Gaga is set to headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, Us Weekly reports. Finally the NFL gets me.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition: Choose the winners of each game, the margin of victory and any game as a stone cold lead pipe lock to double your points in victory (for the glorious) or lose points in defeat (for the vainglorious). The winner will receive an official NFL game ball.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen: We're into the home stretch and some bets are looking smarter than others. Calgary looks solid. rcade is in good shape. Ottawa... well, maybe don't open your wallets just yet. But it won't cost you a cent to make your picks inside.
Kevin Harlan's Epic Radio Call of Monday Night Football Interloper: Last night, Kevin Harlan of Westwood One had more fun on the radio call of an idiot who ran onto the field during play of Niners/Rams than he did the rest of the game.
NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over HB2: Having warned the state of North Carolina at the Final Four that it risked losing NCAA events over House Bill 2, the NCAA showed Monday night just how serious it was. Bonus opinion piece by local sports writer, Luke DeCock.
MACtion 'beats' Oklahoma State, but not with casualties: The Central Michigan Chippewas outscored the Oklahoma State Cowboys 30-27 on one of those great Hail Mary-lateral combos, but only because the officiating crew mistakenly gave them an untimed down after OSU QB Mason Rudolph committed an intentional grounding penalty on 4th down with no time left on the clock. The entire on-field crew (provided by the Chips' Mid-American Conference) has been suspended for two weeks, and the replay crew (provided by the Cowboys' Big 12 Conference) has been suspended for two weeks and will not be allowed to officiate a bowl game this season.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve: What a week! Some teams won, other teams lost. The Argos enjoyed losing so much they did it twice. Ouch. Lick your wounds and make your picks inside.
Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets: The New York Mets have announced that they're signing Tim Tebow to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old Heisman Trophy winner will start at instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Scouts were mixed after his public tryout. The good: batting practice power, above average speed. Bad: live hitting, weak arm.