Helmetless Football?: "the latest innovation—practicing without helmets—is meant to ingrain safer tackling techniques into a new generation of players"
CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Hamilton finds a way to make it interesting, but an illegal block on a last-minute punt return means that Calgary hangs on for the big win. No such drama in our little pick 'em, though, as slow and steady always seems to come out on top. Final standings are inside.
CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: Big blowouts on the field push the favourites into the big game. But in our little contest, there are no favourites: we have six players within two points of first place. Break out your spreadsheets to calculate your tiebreaker (I have a feeling you'll need it), and make your picks inside.
CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition: The favourites rule the day as Edmonton and Montreal both move on to their division finals. Montreal wins a trip to Hamilton (snow; rude fans) while Edmonton gets a trip to Calgary (cold; cows). Meanwhile, in our little standings, there are some familiar faces in familiar places. Bundle up and make your picks inside.
CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition: It's snowing in Toronto and the Edmonton Eskimos have an injured quarterback: two sure signs that yes, it is indeed time for the CFL playoffs! All summer long you wistfully watched the hot pick 'em action from afar; now's your chance to join the fray. It's a new season and everybody starts at zero (or with the exchange rate, 0.0000142 US), so grab your twelfth man and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: In a perfect ending to this wild and wacky season, we look atop the standings and find ourselves with a tie. But not the one you were expecting!
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20: That's right, it's the twentieth and final week of our little joy ride through the three-down tundra of Kevin Glenn's frozen heart. But nearly nothing's decided in the official standings, and nothing at all has been decided here. It's going to be a photo finish, so strike a pose and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19: Two weeks to go! Everybody in the West has clinched, nobody in the East has followed suit, and absolutely nothing has been settled in our little pick 'em. argoal's looking strong with a two-point lead, but in the CFL (Pick 'Em), no lead is safe. Call a timeout and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18: Three weeks to go and we've got ourselves a horse race. argoal and JPR are going out with a bang, keeping us all entertained while the actual CFL standings just have us plain confused. Grab your crossover calculator and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: The turkey leftovers are nearly finished, which means that we're past the final quarter pole and into the home stretch. Four weeks remain in this weird and wild 2014 season. argoal stands alone at the top this week, but who will it be next week? Grab your crystal balls and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16: The crazy times continue: the East wins out again and our rankings turn upside-down. JPR and argoal take over the top spot, which means they're bringing the maple turkey on Monday. That's right, it's Canadian Thanksgiving, so grab your hoser hats and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15: Six weeks to go and absolutely nothing is even close to being decided. Calgary and Saskatchewan, early favourites, now have no quarterbacks. Montreal and Hamilton, left for dead, are winning games by magic. And we have four players tied for second place. Blink twice and make your picks inside.
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CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Holy upsets, Batman! The East shows it's still got some fight left in 'er as the underdogs take three of four. That means excitement on the tee vee but tough going for us valiant pick 'ers. Shake it off and make your picks inside.
Join the SportsFilter Fantasy Premier League: If you're playing Fantasy Premier League this season, use this link to join SportsFilter's league. Some owners weren't included in the league that rolled over automatically from last season, so a new one has been created. Anyone who has a current team on FPL (or wants to join five weeks late) is welcome.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Howard_T and owlhouse remain in lockstep at the top of the standings, like two voyageurs fighting over the same pair of long underwear. Speaking of blood spilt between countrymen, it's all east versus west this week. Will you take the easy route or go where no one has gone before? Find your nerve and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: It's snowing in Calgary, which means it's time for the revered Canadian tradition of... feeling really bummed out that summer's over. But as the saying goes: when summer is done, the Grey Cup's nearly won! That's right, only a scant nine weeks until we crown a Pick 'Em champion. Grab your toques and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Labour Day proves entertaining as the home teams all find their way into the win column. Now that we're over the hump, the race to the top is on—or if you're in the East, the race to the not-bottom. Calibrate your altimeter and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: The Pick 'Em is hitting the halfway mark of the season in full stride: three games were nailed last week as the lead changes again. But perhaps our valiant players will finally be challenged by the traditional Week 10 grudge matches of the Labour Day Classic. Grab your extra vowels and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9: The marathon week ends with points for everyone. More games means more chances to nail 'em, which you guys did in spades. But it's going to get tougher now, as Toronto may just be not-so-terrible and the West teams start playing each other. Grab your flippin' coin and make your picks inside.
Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns:
Thus I began this mad, stupid experiment. The premise is simple: using everyone’s favorite realistic baseball simulation, Out of the Park 2015, I created teams of baseball players by cloning a single player until they filled the active roster, and set them against each other in 162 games of gory combat. The results exceeded my wildest expectations.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8: Here come the points! Big weeks for many of you shake up the standings. And with a bonus game this week, things are just starting to get interesting. That's right, it's a doubleheader week for the Argos. Note that the first game is on Tuesday, so get a move on and make your picks inside!
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7: If you were lured to the CFL Pick 'Em with promises of points galore, hoo boy were you misinformed. Either the league is super wacky this season, or we're all just terrible at this, but man alive have points been tough to come by so far. But maybe this is the week that your luck turns around, so polish your lucky penny and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: The underdogs win three of four, which makes for entertaining viewing, but doesn't help out much in the pick 'em scoring department. Pick yourself up, appreciate the one or two points that Saskatchewan generously threw your way, and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Blowouts and nailbiters last week make big points tough to come by. That extra two points is the difference between hitting oil and hitting tundra. Roll your caribou-skin dice again and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: A tale of two leagues: the CFL has five teams who are either undefeated or winless. Our little pick 'em has eight players within three points of each other. If you're looking to beat the streak, do you take Edmonton, Winnipeg, or bender's coin? Grab your nickel and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: The roller coaster ride continues (literally, Edmonton's roller coasters just opened—ride 'em now before the permafrost advances again in August) as we have a new contestant in first place AND a remarkable streak of zero points. Tune your intrigue-o-meter and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Thrills and spills feature largely in Week 1. But no chills. Hey, I know it's Canada, but it's still only July. There'll be lots of chills 'round these parts in November, don't you worry. Put away your parka and make your picks inside.
The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: That's right, it's a big round numberversary! This will have been the tenth time we all decide to while away our Junes and Julys with the pickings of games football du Canada. It's three downs, 110 yards, and all the players whose names you learned last year have already been cut, but otherwise you have no excuse not to jump in and make your picks inside.
Preseason Fantasy Football League, Anyone?: This is an insane idea, but I'm floating it now to determine interest before I start writing any code. I'd like to run a preseason fantasy football league on SportsFilter, but I need at least 10 NFL-starved degenerates who can commit to playing by the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3. It would likely be a common pool league where players get a budget and assemble a team. Rules and scoring suggestions are welcome. If you're not watching until the bitter end of preseason games to see if the fourth-string Jacksonville quarterback completed a touchdown pass to an undrafted Atlanta wideout, I will have failed.
SportsFilter World Cup Confidence Pool Standings: The standings have been updated through last night's Chile/Australia game and all the entries in the contest are now visible. I'm still looking over the code for bugs, so double-check the math on your score.
Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool: We're running a confidence pool for the World Cup, a contest in which you give all 32 teams a point value from 32 to 1 and receive points each time they win or tie in the tournament. The first prize is an Adidas Brazuca Glider Soccer Ball.
World Cup 2015 Fantasy League is ON!: Pick your team and join in the fun.
Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest: The password is slamdunk and the entry deadline is Thursday at 1:00 am Eastern. Quicken Loans and Warren Buffett are holding a contest to award $1 billion to the person who picks the entire bracket perfectly, which has a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of happening.
SpoFi's 2014 Fantasy Baseball League is Active!: So begins my fourth year of running SpoFi's fantasy baseball league. Invites to previous players have been sent out. If you're interested in joining, you'll need to email me so I can send you a direct invite as Yahoo! fantasy no longer provides a way to post a URL and password to let new players join a league. Same thing if you've been playing and you haven't seen the invite in your inbox. We've got keepers this year, as was discussed in the league last season. Existing teams can pick up to three. They'll take the place of your first three draft positions, so new teams will have first pick at the free agents.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Saskatchewan wins big, which means it comes down to the wire in our standings. Hope you did your punting research before making your tiebreaker pick, because our winner sure did.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: Both road teams win the day in the division finals, and our match-up is set. Hamilton journeys to Regina to take on the watermelon-clad hordes of Rider Nation. You, on the other hand, have the option of staying inside and toasty warm this Sunday, so why not light a fire, find your fuzzy socks, and make your picks inside.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Finals Edition: It's all favourites, all the time. Saskatchewan and Hamilton advance to their respective finals. This week we have two great quarterbacks in a dome, and two great running backs in the snow. Layer up and make your picks inside.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition: It's the exact midpoint between Canadian Thanksgiving and Ron Lancaster Day, which mean it's time for playoff football! If you're still stinging over your Costanza-worthy performance in the regular season, or kicking yourself for not signing up back in June, kick no more: it's a clean slate and all are welcome. Grab your metresticks and make your picks inside.