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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Brian Burke would be good.

posted by rumple at 01:14 AM on November 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Where is Howie Meeker when we need him?

posted by hexagram at 11:48 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lots of jobs in the current US Executive Branch still waiting to be filled. Don would have to tone down the sartorial splendor a bit, but otherwise he'd be a tidy fit.

posted by beaverboard at 05:54 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

When EVERYONE else apologizes for your stupid outburst, but you remain vigilant in NOT apologizing, the writing is on the wall.

His time had come, and Don Cherry can go ahead and rant and rave in a much less public forum.

I will be curious how they fill their first intermission time slot now.

I don't think anyone would want to jump into the seat that Don has been kicked from, because that's just focusing the ire of the angry white male on a new (and unrelated) target.

Ron Maclean still has the "Hometown Hockey" weekly gig, so he's not really hurting if they go with some other ideas for that slot.

posted by grum@work at 04:47 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Don Cherry fired from Sportsnet following toxic rant

posted by tommytrump at 04:16 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Don Cherry fired

posted by NoMich at 03:32 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Watched the Chiefs - Titans game summary last night.

Not only has Vrabel's staff unlocked Derrick Henry's potential and turned him into a force of nature, they're also busy making a hoss out of Tannehill. He gained critical yards after contact on QB runs and the whole unit plays more physically with him in there. There is no going back to Mariota now.

Andy Reid is also the coach of the team that dialed up one of the worst fake field goal attempts in recent memory yesterday. That call qualifies him to enter the Federal Witness Protection Program.

posted by beaverboard at 01:14 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does anyone find it weird that Andy Reid gets so little national media attention as the coach of one of the NFL's best and most exciting teams? When Reid was in Philly the media couldn't shut up about him. Now he's practically invisible, which is hard to be in an enormous reflective red windbreaker.

It seemed like every time a Chiefs coach was shown yesterday on RedZone it was defensive coordinator Stephen Spagnuolo.

posted by rcade at 12:45 PM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I grew up watching pro wrestling in Florida. Ron MacLean's role with Don Cherry reminds me of the legendary Gordon Solie, who served as the straight man and held the mike while the wrestlers went into their rants.

Here's an example.

At least there's good money in it.

posted by beaverboard at 08:44 AM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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posted by kullumanali at 02:13 AM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"You people...."

Yeah, Don is a beaut. But his opinions are his own, and with a goal of uniting people in a country, even if his delivery is brutal.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:40 PM on November 10

I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike

Nike's focus is advertising and selling their products.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 PM on November 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Switching to Chicago by 7 with the Matt Stafford news.

posted by rcade at 01:02 PM on November 10

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 6

Calgary by 9

Medlock

Under

posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on November 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Chargers by 6
Bears by 4
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Bills by 10 (lock)
KC by 9
Saints by 21 (lock)
Giants by 6 (yuck)
Tampa by 14 (lock)
Colts by 17 (lock)
Packers by 18 (lock)
Fuck the Rams by 7
Cowboys by 5
Seattle by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:42 PM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"You people...."

posted by tommytrump at 12:36 PM on November 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Detroit by 3
Baltimore by 13 (lock)
Buffalo by 7 (lock)
Kansas City by 10 (lock)
New Orleans by 7 (lock)
N.Y. Giants by 1
Arizona by 3
Indianapolis by 7 (lock)
Green Bay by 3
L.A. Rams by 3
Dallas by 4
San Francisco by 3

The closest game on Yahoo is Chicago 57% over Detroit. The line's Chicago -6.5 and 538 has it at Chicago -3.5. I'm ignoring all that and picking the Lions to upset the Bears at Soldier Field.

The second closest is Dallas 63% over Minnesota. I'm tempted to pick the Vikings but I usually like the Cowboys in big night games at Jerryworld.

Buffalo at Cleveland's a split between Yahoo (74% Buffalo) and the line (-3 Cleveland). I am down on the Browns.

The Vegas Insider line in the battle of the Meadowlands moved from Jets -1.5 to Giants -3. Yahoo likes the Giants (84%) and Nate Silver's Commodore 64 with the floppy drive add-on likes the Jets -3.5. I blame the incongruities on the difficulty of accepting that one of these teams is going to beat another NFL team. I should pick a tie.

Seattle at San Fran is a helluva Monday night game.

posted by rcade at 10:18 AM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Was making predictions about the State/Clemson game with a neighbor yesterday and my initial bold take was: 62 - 10. We had a good laugh over the thought of State being able to put up that many points on Clemson's D. 10! Hilarious. I later revised that down to 3, but I should've stuck to my guns. I was close

posted by NoMich at 09:31 AM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Reason #132 for French speaking people to have second thoughts about visiting the US:

Watching a Clemson game and hearing Travis Etienne referred to as "Eighteen".

Wouldn't have helped much if he had gone to LSU. They don't really need him. They got Eee-lair.

posted by beaverboard at 09:13 AM on November 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Chicago by 6

Baltimore by 13 LOCK

Cleveland by 3

Kansas City by 7

New Orleans by 21 LOCK

N.Y. Giants by 18 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 6

Indianapolis by 14 LOCK

Green Bay by 7

Pittsburgh by 14

Minnesota by 6

Seattle by 9

posted by rumple at 09:13 PM on November 09

I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike

When Nike first got big I read where their shoes were made in Chinese labor camps run by the state. (I believe it was Time magazine) When they needed more workers they simply arrested more people. I have never bought a Nike product and never will.

posted by ic23b at 03:57 AM on November 09

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montral by 4

Calgary by 4

whyte

over

posted by argoal at 07:53 PM on November 08

I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike

Apologies if the NYT paywall intervenes and disallows the page view.

The article includes a link to the story of skater Gracie Gold, who has a similar tale to tell.

posted by beaverboard at 07:36 PM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If the Oakland Raiders had an annual spring game like college teams do, Gruden would sign Philip Rivers to QB the Black Team offense in a heartbeat.

posted by beaverboard at 03:14 PM on November 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

Friday:
Wizards by 7

Lakers by 10 (slam)

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:52 PM on November 08

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 10

Calgary by 4

PAREDES

Over

posted by ic23b at 12:59 PM on November 08

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 12
Medlock
Under

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:00 AM on November 08

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton by 7
Calgary by 6
Sean Whyte (Edmonton)
Over

posted by bender at 09:18 AM on November 08

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 11

Winnipeg by 11

Boris Bede (Montreal)

Over

posted by tommytrump at 08:06 AM on November 08

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

The regular season win means nothing, it's all about the playing for that post season trophy/lol.

Montreal by 3

Calgary by 6

Paredes (Calgary)

Under

posted by jagsnumberone at 12:54 AM on November 08

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

The first few inches of snow is falling in the notches of the New Hampshire White Mountains. I have to head up there tomorrow for the Diocesan Convention at Waterville Valley. Just a few inches predicted, so we have no worries. We're hoping that Canada sends us some good football to watch, but will keep all the cold air to herself.

Cold fits the aboriginals well, and the little birdies should have migrated south long ago. Edmonton by 14

The color blue will be suitable for the Bombers. Not because they're the Blue Bombers but because they're freezing and turning blue. Calgary by 7

Kicker thing: Medlock

Total Score: Under

posted by Howard_T at 11:44 PM on November 07

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton (8-10) @ Montreal (10-8) (Sunday, November 10, 1:00pm ET)

One of the more intriguing crossover matchups in recent history: you could argue that Edmonton has underperformed this year, but in the much tougher division, and (former Argo) Trevor Harris can pile up points in a hurry. But don't count out the Alouettes, who have rebounded from complete disarray to become surprisingly entertaining. Where the heck did Vernon Adams Jr. come from? No snow in the forecast yet, but if that front moves through and the temperature drops, things could get slippery on the Molson turf.

CFL.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview »

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7) @ Calgary Stampeders (12-6) (Sunday, November 10, 4:30pm ET)

No fresh faces, this will be the third time in four games these two teams match up. Winnipeg slipped out of first place thanks in part to QB chaos, with injuries first to Matty Nichols and then Chris Streveler; but they picked up (former Argo) Zach Collaros at the trade deadline, and he led them to a nailbiting victory over these Stamps two weeks ago in his Bomber debut. Calgary, on the other hand, missed first place by inches, but they've made three straight Grey Cups and you have to believe they're firing on all cylinders. Note the weather forecast: game time high of -10 Celsius in Cowtown.

CFL.ca Western Semi-Final Preview »

Swayze Waters Memorial (Take 2) River Salmon Bonus

Pick the kicker who will score the most points this weekend. That includes place-kick field goals, drop-kick field goals, PATs, singles, fake field goals thrown for touchdowns, and wacky safeties. If the kicker's name is next to it, it counts.

2019 Kicking Stats »

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 100.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?

Example pick: Edmonton by 1, Winnipeg by 21, Medlock, Over.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:45 PM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player moves legs after experimental surgery in Thailand

posted by tommytrump at 09:21 PM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

[Thu game missed]
Chicago by 7
Baltimore by 10 [lock]
Buffalo by 6
Tennessee by 6
New Orleans by 17 [lock]
N.Y. Giants by 10 [lock]
Tampa Bay by 10
Indianapolis by 14 [lock]
Green Bay by 6
L.A. Rams by 7
Minnesota by 3
San Francisco by 7

posted by cl at 08:54 PM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

LA Chargers by 3

Detroit by 4

Baltimore by 20 LOCK

Cleveland by 4

Kansas City by 17 LOCK

New Orleans by 16 LOCK

NY Giants by 6

Arizona by 3

Indianapolis by 7 LOCK

Carolina by 4

LA Rams by 6

Dallas by 4

Seattle by 3

posted by Boaz at 08:06 PM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Chargers by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:59 PM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oakland by 6
Detroit by 3
Baltimore by 10 - LOCK
Cleveland by 6
Kansas City by 10 - LOCK
New Orleans by 13 - LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 3
Tampa Bay by 3
Indianapolis by 10 - LOCK
Green Bay by 7 - LOCK
L.A. Rams by 7 - LOCK
Dallas by 3
San Francisco by 6

posted by tron7 at 12:08 PM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oakland by 3
Chicago by 3
LOCK Baltimore by 14 LOCK
LOCK Buffalo by 10 LOCK

Kansas City by 7
New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Jets by 3
LOCK Tampa Bay by 14 LOCK
LOCK Indianapolis by 10 LOCK

Green Bay by 4
L.A. Rams by 7
LOCK Dallas by 10 LOCK
LOCK San Francisco by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 11:42 AM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oakland by 5

Detroit by 10

Baltimore by 12 LOCK

Buffalo by 14 (Cleveland, we hardly knew ye) LOCK

Kansas City by 19 LOCK

New Orleans by 7 LOCK

N.Y. Giants by 5 (I live in New Jersey; it's the Jersey Derby: who gives a &*%&?)

Tampa Bay by 11 LOCK

Indianapolis by 25 LOCK

Green Bay by 12 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 2

Minnesota by 8 (how does Jason Garrett keep his job? Does he have compromising photos of Jerry Jones?)

San Francisco by 5

posted by jjzucal at 10:23 AM on November 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

Thursday:

Boston by 7 SLAM LA Clippers by 8

Friday:

Washington by 6 SLAM LA Lakers by 5

posted by scooby10672 at 04:57 AM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

LA Chargers by 3

Detroit by 4

Baltimore by 20 LOCK

Cleveland by 4

Kansas City by 17 LOCK

New Orleans by 16 LOCK

NY Giants by 6

Arizona by 3

Indianapolis by 7 LOCK

Carolina by 4

LA Rams by 6

Dallas by 4

Seattle by 3

posted by jagsnumberone at 02:47 AM on November 07

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oh WTF it's Wednesday today.

posted by rumple at 11:19 PM on November 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oakland by 3 (late? But haven't looked at score)

posted by rumple at 08:57 PM on November 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

THURSDAY
Oakland by 8

posted by NoMich at 08:21 PM on November 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

Wednesday
Houston by 30 (dunk)
L.A. Clippers by 7

Friday
Washington by 9 (dunk)
L.A. Lakers by 3

posted by rcade at 05:42 PM on November 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

Wednesday:
Houston by 16 (SLAM)
Milwaukee by 9

Thursday:
Boston by 14 (SLAM)
Clippers by 6

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:29 PM on November 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Using an analogy from the restaurant business, I guess I'm an Applebees or an Outback. That is, consistent mediocrity with no signs of excellence or disaster. It's time to chew on my picks and to see if I suffer from indigestion later.

First comes a traditional game from the old AFL. Chargers vs Raiders goes back a ways. Oakland by 6

This one is for the championship of Lake Erie. Buffalo by 9

That little short guy can play some. Arizona by 3

Few have underachieved like the Titans. It will continue. Kansas City by 14 LOCK

During the Civil War, New Orleans was captured by the Union in 1862 and Atlanta in 1864. Does this mean that Atlanta is tougher than New Orleans? That was over 150 years ago; it's meaningless. New Orleans by 13 LOCK

The championship of New York, but it's played in New Jersey. Huh? New York (National Conference) by 7

No tigers need apply, but I'll give it an "oh my" anyway. Chicago by 8

Will the Ravens be puffed up after last Sunday's win? Baltimore by 24 LOCK

Dolphins swam out of the winless category. Enjoy it while you can, Fins. Indianapolis by 14 LOCK

Packers were embarrassed last week. It won't happen in Lambeau against the Panthers. Green Bay by 13

Steelers seemingly have turned their season around, but Rams are an obstacle. Pittsburgh by 6

I really have nothing to say about this one. Dallas by 10

Seahawks visit their geographicslly nearest conference rival, but it's still a hell of a long drive down I-5. San Francisco by 12

posted by Howard_T at 04:45 PM on November 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

The Hornets play in Charlotte?

Fixed. My NBA on TV source only uses mascots, testing my cognitive ability to match them with cities.

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on November 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

I see another error in the schedule of TV games for the week. Boston is playing the Hornets on Thursday, Nov 7, and unless there has been a recent shakeup among NBA franchises, the Hornets still play in Charlotte. rcade, please adjust the list, and take the following as my pick for the early game on Thursday.

Last 2 Celtics wins have come against less than top level competition and have been 1-possession games at the buzzer. This one is Kemba Walker's homecoming and Terry Rozier's first chance to show the Celtics what they let get away. It should be fun. Boston by 7

posted by Howard_T at 02:19 PM on November 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

L.A. Chargers BY 4

Detroit BY 3

Baltimore BY 10 LOCK

Buffalo BY 7

Kansas City BY 7

New Orleans BY 10 LOCK

N.Y. Giants BY 4

Arizona BY 3

Indianapolis BY 9 LOCK

Green Bay BY 7 LOCK

L.A. Rams BY 6

Minnesota BY 9

San Francisco BY 4

posted by cixelsyd at 10:28 AM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congratulations, jagsnumberone. Well done !!

Thanks for running this, Dr. J.

posted by tommytrump at 08:56 AM on November 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

L.A. Chargers by 5

Detroit by 6

Baltimore by 21

Buffalo by 2

Kansas City by 6

New Orleans by 24

N.Y. Giants by 7

Arizona by 1

Indianapolis by 17

Green Bay by 19

L.A. Rams by 14

Dallas by 2

San Francisco by 1

posted by tommytrump at 08:54 AM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Thank you DrJohnEvans for taking the time running this. This one feels a little different then the last time I won this, as I went "gate to wire" in that one (starting out on fire then holding on to victory). Now let's see if I can take that "Momentum" and do well in the playoffs. Also, just wondering, was there a "prize" involved in this years? Probably not, but worth asking, right? lol.

posted by jagsnumberone at 10:52 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Whenever I pick my Detroit Lions to win they lose, when I pick them to lose they win, so I will be forced to pick them to lose for the sake of the team.

L.A.Chargers by 6

Chicago by 3

Baltimore by 21 (LOCK)

Buffalo by 7

Kansas City by 17 (LOCK)

New Orleans by 24 (LOCK)

N.Y.Giants by 3

Tampa Bay by 6

Indianapolis by 17 (LOCK)

Carolina by 7

Pittsburgh by 3

Dallas by 3

San Francisco by 4

posted by ic23b at 10:35 PM on November 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congratulations jagsnumberone on your complete domination victory.

Once again thanks DrJohnEvans

posted by ic23b at 10:09 PM on November 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Montreal piles on the points to win in Ottawa. Edmonton keeps it close, but Saskatchewan breaks it open in the fourth quarter to clinch the division. Hamilton needs last-minute drama to close out their season with a win, while Calgary hangs on in B.C. to grab that home playoff date.

MTL @ OTTEDM @ SSKTOR @ HAMCGY @ BC
ResultMontreal by 10Saskatchewan by 10Hamilton by 3Calgary by 5
Margin of Error7 to 137 to 132 to 44 to 7

jagsnumberone finishes the season in style, taking the crown by a full fifteen points. I believe that's two new regular season Pick 'Em records: total points scored and margin of victory. Congratulations jags!

At the other end, not even a Costanza Runoff Spreadsheet can stop rcade's march to the Costanza. Congrats, rcade!

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSEDM @ SSKSTOR @ HAMSCGY @ BCSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneMontreal11Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary7688
DrJohnEvansMontreal7Saskatchewan12Hamilton Calgary 673
tommytrump 5172
ic23b Saskatchewan 3Calgary 371
argoalMontreal Saskatchewan Calgary 362
JPRMontreal Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary4561
cixelsyd Saskatchewan10 Hamilton 460
ReeverMontreal Saskatchewan 3Calgary 457
benderMontreal 10 Saskatchewan11Hamilton Calgary 755
Howard_T Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 353
rcade Hamilton 146

Thanks to everyone for playing! Stay tuned for the CFL Playoff Pick 'Em!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:03 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oakland by 6

Detroit by 10

Baltimore by 19 LOCK

Buffalo BY 7

Kansas City by 13 LOCK

New Orleans BY 23 LOCK

N.Y. Giants by 8 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 6

Indianapolis by 10 LOCK

Green Bay by 7

L.A. Rams by 6

Dallas by 6

Seattle by 4

posted by tahoemoj at 07:03 PM on November 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

I thought I had produced a disaster last week, but it turns out I was second only to nomich. It still didn't get me anything in the standings. Try again.

Wednesday, Nov 6:

Thanks to Aron Baynes this one is a bit easier to call. No sure things though. Houston by 14

The Antetekoumpo brothers seem to be having a little difficulty getting going this year. It won't last all season. Los Angeles (non-purple) by 8

Thursday, Nov 7:

Celtics have started well, and they are overachieving somewhat. On the road in NOLA even without facing Zion, they might have some problems. New Orleans by 6

This is one I want to watch. Los Angeles (non-purple) by10

Friday, Nov 8:

Cavaliers are not the team they were not so long ago, but Wizards aren't too hot either. I still have to go with Isaiah Thomas's team. Washington by 11

Heat have some talent, and they are well coached. It won't be enough on the left coast. Los Angeles (purple) by 15

posted by Howard_T at 06:49 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

L.A. Chargers by 10
Detroit by 9
Baltimore by 17
Buffalo by 10
Kansas City by 13
New Orleans by 17
N.Y. Giants by 3
Tampa Bay by 3
Indianapolis by 6
Green Bay by 10
L.A. Rams by 10
Minnesota by 6
Seattle by 6

posted by grum@work at 06:09 PM on November 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

WEDNESDAY
Houston by 8
L.A. Clippers by 6

THURSDAY
Boston by 9
L.A. Clippers by 8

FRIDAY
Washington by 8
L.A. Lakers by 7

posted by NoMich at 05:33 PM on November 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

Fixed. I've notified the Bucks and Trail Blazers.

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on November 05

Kevin Harlan's Cat Call

Kinda shocked that flags weren't thrown for taunting. The cat paused on the 2 to admire his work, hung out in the end zone for a looooonnnngggg time, and was clearly looking for a Salvation Army kettle to dive into. Harlan's call was great. Collinsworth would have called him a showboat and told him to act like he'd been there before.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:38 AM on November 05

Kevin Harlan's Cat Call

I loved the look on Witten's face: "Damn, I could be up in the booth calling this".

We have a herding dog and fostered a cat for a year. I found out that there absolutely is such a thing as herding cats, and that done properly, it's an impressive sight to behold. My dog would have given anything to have been out there helping corral the critter.

Not sure if my dog also has cadaver skills, but if she had turned her attention away from the cat and gone to the 50 yard line and alerted, that's when you call Geraldo, bring in a backhoe, and start looking for Hoffa.

posted by beaverboard at 11:14 AM on November 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

(the late game on Thursday is Portland at the Clips, although it would be interesting if Mil played them two nights in a row)

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:54 AM on November 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

To get us up to the six-game minimum I added the Lakers/Heat game Friday on NBA TV, which all of a sudden is a big game.

posted by rcade at 08:23 AM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does anyone else think NFL announcers are insufferable about singing the praises of unproven hyped players (particularly quarterbacks)? Booger McFarland is rooting so hard for Daniel Jones tonight on MNF that Jones' mom thinks he's getting carried away.

posted by rcade at 10:01 PM on November 04

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run

It isn't Kitchens' fault that the Browns decided to hire him. But he wasn't ready for the job. He needs to build an OC resume for a bit, then maybe have another go. He also has people skills that might be better suited to the college game.

posted by beaverboard at 09:28 PM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tessitore, McFarland, and Witten are all on the same TV broadcast once again, but it's a much more tolerable experience than it was last year.

posted by beaverboard at 08:33 PM on November 04

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run

As a Jags fan I was psyched about the Browns before the season began. For several years here, the best chance of seeing a competitive game in Jacksonville was when Cleveland came to town because we were equally terrible. Rooting for them this year was going to be like seeing Ralphie pummel Skut Farkus.

Baker Mayfield looked like the real deal last year.

posted by rcade at 06:09 PM on November 04

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run

Browns have tethered themselves to the self proclaimed greatest QB who ever lived. Bad move - the guy can't really play and doesn't have the leadership qualities to be successful at the position.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:48 PM on November 04

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run

I'm torn on the Brownies' lack of success. On the one hand, as a Bengals fan, I relish in Mayfield and Co's collective tripping over their dicks as much as I would any inter-division rival. My status as an Ohio State fan, of course, makes Mayfield's collapse even more enjoyable.

But then there is the part of me who wanted to believe that one of the league's perennial punching bags could elevate itself to championship contender. If the Brownies could pull off a turnaround, maybe the Bengals can, too!!

Alas.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:07 PM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Kyle Allen got a very healthy dose of MVP Christian McFootball to help his cause.

posted by NoMich at 01:16 PM on November 04

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run

I can't believe the league allowed those Broncos and Browns uniform choices yesterday. There was not nearly enough visual distinction between the two. If Vinnie Testaverde had been playing for either team, he would have thrown five or six interceptions.

posted by beaverboard at 12:35 PM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The allen invasion from Planet Who is bearing fruit -

Kyle Allen, Josh Allen, and Brandon Allen all won their games yesterday.

posted by beaverboard at 10:24 AM on November 04

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

SUNDAY
Jacksonville by 6
Buffalo by 8
Minnesota by 8
N.Y. Jets by 6
Philadelphia by 8
Indianapolis by 5
Carolina by 6
Detroit by 5
Seattle by 12
Cleveland by 6
Green Bay by 8
Baltimore by 6

MONDAY
Dallas at N.Y. Giants

posted by NoMich at 10:05 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Unless the blimp can see the beer line or restroom line, it's going to miss me.

posted by rcade at 09:28 AM on November 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

San Francisco by 10 [lock] (submitted pre-game)
Jacksonville by 6
Buffalo by 10 [lock]
Minnesota by 9
Miami by 6
Philadelphia by 7
Indianapolis by 14
Carolina by 6
Detroit by 7
Seattle by 14 [lock]
Denver by 10
Green Bay by 9
New England by 4
Dallas by 7

posted by cl at 07:18 AM on November 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

San Francisco by 6 LOCK

Jacksonville by 3

Buffalo by 6 LOCK

Minnesota by 4

NY Jets by 7 LOCK

Philadelphia by 10

Indianapolis by 9

Carolina by 4 LOCK

Detroit by 5

Seattle by 17 LOCK

Cleveland by 2

LA Chargers by 2

New England by 10

Dallas by 11 LOCK

posted by Boaz at 01:55 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Looking for rcade in the blimp shots of the GA - FLA cocktail party, but no dice thus far.

Big crowd on hand. Looks like Wembley on Jaguars game day.

posted by beaverboard at 05:12 PM on November 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Edmonton by 7
Hamilton by 18
B.C. by 3

posted by rcade at 11:03 AM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

LOCK San Francisco by 37 LOCK
Houston by 7
LOCK Buffalo by 7 LOCK
Kansas City by 7
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 3
Indianapolis by 4
Tennessee by 4
LOCK Detroit by 10 LOCK
LOCK Seattle by 8 LOCK

Denver by 3
Green Bay by 7
Baltimore by 3
LOCK Dallas by 10 LOCK

posted by bender at 07:28 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Mtl by 4; ssk by 4; ham by 6; cal by 4.

posted by JPR at 06:52 PM on November 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition

Friday:
Houston by 10 SLAM
Mavs by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:29 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

I like to amend a few pics.

Saskatchewan by 3

Toronto by 3

posted by argoal at 03:53 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Montreal by 10
Saskatchewan by 11
Hamilton by 1
Calgary by 3

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Montreal by 6

Saskatchewan by 2

Toronto by 3

Calgary by 12

posted by Reever at 01:55 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Montreal by 6

Saskatchewan by 2

Toronto by 3

Calgary by 12

posted by Reever at 01:55 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 12
Hamilton by 12
Calgary by 16

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:50 PM on November 01

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

Howie Kendrick's Game 7 foul pole home run ball.

posted by beaverboard at 01:41 PM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Weird was supposed to be yesterday. Did you see Heidi Klum's outfit?

posted by beaverboard at 01:06 PM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I made a minor adjustment to the web server configuration's HTTPS settings. Let me know if anything's weird.

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Montral by 3

Edmonton by 3

Hammy by 3

Calgary by 3

posted by argoal at 10:53 AM on November 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition

FRIDAY
Houston by 7
L.A. Lakers by 8

posted by NoMich at 10:21 AM on November 01

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

Historical footnote:

The late John Bateman caught Houston's first no hitter in 1963 - against the Phillies (on May 17).

He also caught the Expos first no hitter in 1969 - against the Phillies (on April 17).

posted by beaverboard at 01:39 AM on November 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition

I learned a great deal Wednesday night. I picked the Bucks by 6, thinking that the Celtics would keep it close, but fall short at the end. The painful lesson came with a reward; I got to see one hell of a basketball game. I'm glad I was there. The lesson? Don't sleep on the Celtics this year.

posted by Howard_T at 12:08 AM on November 01

Piffle, or not piffle?

King Hussein is in the control room

I was wondering why I had never seen nor even heard of the George Michael Sports Machine. I watched the clip that rcade linked and used the clues contained in the block about Red Sox vs Jays to date the piece. Turns out it was in the early 1990s, and I was in Egypt. King Hussein was no longer in the control room there, having been supplanted some years earlier by a "socialist democracy". From 1986 through 1994 I don't think I spent more than a total of 1 1/2 years in the USA. It appears I have missed much.

posted by Howard_T at 11:04 PM on October 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Is it possible to tank for the Constanza? Does the Constanza come with a higher draft pick? It looks like my best efforts to finish as tail end Charlie have gone for naught.

What is the meaning of life, oh sagacious one? It means you should stick with one color. Ottawa by 6

Riders will be mean and deny Edmonton anything more than a crossover. Saskatchewan by 14

Has a thriving metropolis, home to a fine university, parks, a busy port, and prosperous businesses no meaning? Hamilton by 13

Stampeders' situation means that their efforts are meaningless unless they get help. Calgary by 17

posted by Howard_T at 10:42 PM on October 31

Piffle, or not piffle?

I just watched the Sports Machine clip embedded in the article that rcade linked to.

"Obviously, King Hussein is in the control room".

Thought I was going to go myocardial when he said that.

posted by beaverboard at 10:33 PM on October 31

Piffle, or not piffle?

Late on Sunday nights, I waited for the drag racing segments on the Sports Machine. George would not show a racer on his program unless he lost control of his rig when he came off the line and it turned into a fiery runaway land rocket.

George would calmly narrate the segment while all hell was breaking loose and then end it by mentioning that the unfortunate driver had "devastated his equipment".

That became a catch phrase for a period of time.

posted by beaverboard at 10:15 PM on October 31

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

I'm happy Bryce Harper made good on his signing day promise to bring a title to DC...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:02 PM on October 31

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