Aviation Loses a Legend: This might have only a tangential relation to sports, but Bob Hoover's long time promotion of the Reno Air Races and his former captaincy on the US Aerobatic Team should qualify. Bob Hoover died on October 25 at the age of 94. He was a former Naval aviator, aerobatic performer, and corporate test pilot for North American Aviation. One of his "signature" performances was his demonstration of the capabilities of the North American "Shrike" Commander, a variant of the twin turboprop corporate Aero Commander business aircraft. He would take the aircraft through a series of maneuvers, and for the climax he would kill both engines, feather the props, execute a full loop, and land the aircraft precisely "on the numbers" (that is, the numbers at the end of the runway). His skills were unmatched. My working life was spent for the most part being in, on, under, and generally around aircraft, and Mr. Hoover was one of the giants I respected greatly.
MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo: The belief that the Cleveland Indians were phasing out Chief Wahoo has been completely obliterated during the postseason. The Sambo-like caricature is on the team's caps, uniforms and a lot of other branding. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the logo is considered offensive and will discuss it with team owner Larry Dolan: "I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. Dolan and I have agreed we'll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward."
NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition: The NFL returns Thursday night with the race to glory that is the AFC South. Robby Blake Bortles (QBR 50.2) and the 2-4 Jacksonville Jaguars face Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota (QBR 55.0) and the 3-4 Tennessee Titans. Our NFL Pick 'Em contest is led by tron7 with 410 points, followed by Ufez Jones at 404 and rumple at 389. Make your picks.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen: Two weeks to go and it's anybody's game. Huh? Oh! I was holding the scoresheet upside-down. Correction: two weeks to go and it's anybody's Costanza. rcade's already at home polishing his official CFL game balls. Grab your metaphors and make your picks inside.
World Series Game 1 Preview: The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians meet tonight for game 1 of a World Series guaranteed to end a historic championship drought. Cubs ace Jon Lester faces Indians ace Corey Kluber in Cleveland. Vegas likes the Cubs to win game 1 and the series.
Arian Foster retires: "There comes a time in every athlete's career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page." With a tweet on #UNINTERRUPTED, Arian Foster has retired from football, effective immediately. Ian Rapoport reports that "it's because his heart couldn't take another rehab, even for a minor injury."
Enter SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: For the NBA season that begins Tuesday, SportsFilter is bringing back the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em. Choose the winner and margin for the nationally televised games each week on TNT, ESPN and ABC (around 6-8 games). Last year was won by Howard T, who left the rest of us in the dust. First prize is a $25 NBA Shop gift certificate.
Saint Will and the Man Who Shot Him: This spring, a former Saint and Super Bowl champion, Will Smith, was shot and killed by another player, named Cardell Hayes. Their fatal collision highlights the fine line between triumph and tragedy in football and life in the Crescent City.
Cubs Beat Dodgers, Head to the World Series for the First Time in 70 Years: Javier Baez and John Lester named co-MVPs .
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen: What a weird year. The West has clinched a crossover spot and it could be any one of three teams taking it. But the East is just plain terrible and could be the easier route. Will someone tank their way to the Grey Cup? Give tanks for the CFL and make your picks inside.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition: Week 7 begins this evening as the Chicago Bears visit the Green Bay Packers. Make your picks and don't lend your tablet to Bill Belichick.
Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series: The Cleveland Indians last won a World Series in 1948 and last reached one in 1997. For game 5 of the ALCS this year, manager Terry Francona improbably asked Ryan Merritt to take the mound -- a rookie with one career start and 11 total innings pitched. He kept the Toronto Blue Jays scoreless through 4 1/3 innings, Francona handed the game to his formidable bullpen and the World Series opens in Title Town, Ohio, on Tuesday.
Video games are changing how professional soccer is played:: "Ibrahimovic said that he would “often spot solutions in the games that I then parlayed into real life” as a young player. Mats Hummels, the Bayern Munich and Germany defender, has suggested that “maybe some people use what they learn in FIFA when they find themselves on a pitch.”
NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition: The NFL week begins tonight as Denver visits San Diego. After five weeks, grum@work is in first at 299, followed by Ufez Jones at 297 and tron7 at 296. Make your picks.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen: With four weeks to go, rcade and the Calgary Stampeders have one thing in common: nobody's gonna catch them. The rest of us aspire to be like the B.C. Lions: barely in second place and scrambling to stay there. Pump up the adrenaline and make your picks inside.
SportsFilter's Fantasy Hockey League Needs Owners: Koharski's Donuts is returning for a fourth season on ESPN Fantasy Hockey. There are slots available for 5 more owners. Use this link and the password "glazed" to join. The league has a live draft tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. At 6 p.m. the league will be opened to the public, so join before that if you want in.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen: Two key talking points this weekend: it's Canadian Thanksgiving, and my computer broke. So we have no standings, but we have lots and lots of maple turkey. Pull up a chair and make your picks inside.
NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition: Make your picks for this weekend's games. Results to come.
Blue Jays Beat Orioles, Advance to Face Rangers: The Toronto Blue Jays added another bat flip to their playoff highlight reel, a three-run, 11th-inning Edwin Encarnacion moon shot that won the AL wild card game 5-2 over the Baltimore Orioles. The Jays move on to face the Texas Rangers. In a less pleasant flashback to last year's playoffs, a Jays fan threw a beer, nearly hitting Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim as he caught a fly ball.
Maria Sharapova's Doping Ban from Tennis Reduced: Maria Sharapova will be eligible to return to competitive tennis in April after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her doping ban from two years to 15 months. Sharapova tested positive for the banned heart medication meldonium at this year's Australian Open. The court ruled Sharapova bore "some degree of fault" but "less than significant fault." She's now eligible to return a month ahead of the French Open in 2017.