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Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

My son was visiting yesterday. He was napping after a weekend of skiing in Maine, and he came downstairs shortly after his mobile phone woke him up with the news of Kobe. Our conversation turned to our memories of Kobe's games we had seen in Boston, especially his last game here. We remembered my saying to my son tha while the rest of the Lakers were just going through the motions, that Kobe had too much respect for the game to give anything but his best.

In 1956 I witnessed the first NBA game of Bill Russell. Now I have witnessed the last game in Boston of Kobe Bryant. This spans about 6 decades of NBA history, and I can count on the fingers of one hand those players who have had a near equal impact upon the game. Kobe was booed in Boston as an opponent, and the booing spurred him to be better and to win. I think of the lines from Kipling's Gunga Din

"Oh I beat you and I flayed you, but by God it made you. You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din"

RIP, Kobe Bryant.

posted by Howard_T at 04:08 PM on January 27

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

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posted by tommytrump at 01:42 PM on January 27

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

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Stunning news when I heard it. I don't follow the NBA, but Bryant was one of those athletes who you were aware of if you were paying attention at all, even before the accusation of sexual assault. May his family find some peace without their loved ones.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 PM on January 27

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

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posted by bender at 10:04 AM on January 27

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

It looks like all of the teams tonight are doing 24-second or 8-second violations to start the game.

posted by grum@work at 08:53 PM on January 26

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

A terrible tragedy made so much worse by the loss of his daughter. Bryant was just in the news saying that some WNBA stars are good enough to play in the NBA. At the time I was struck by this part of the story: "While he has retired from the NBA, Bryant currently coaches his 13-year-old daughter Gianna's basketball team. Apparently, Gianna has her heart set on attending Taurasi and Moore's alma mater, the University of Connecticut, rather than following in her father's footsteps at UCLA."

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on January 26

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

It'll feel the same way it does today at the HOF enshrinement ceremony, which is taking place damn near on his birthday.

posted by beaverboard at 06:26 PM on January 26

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

Raptors and Spurs both get 24 second violations to start the game in tribute to the passing of Kobe.

posted by grum@work at 05:44 PM on January 26

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

And his daughter? How awful! Sad day in the sports world for sure

posted by NoMich at 05:33 PM on January 26

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

ABC News says Kobe's 13year-old daughter is among the victims. They were on their way to a game. Another parent and daughter were on the flight. The 5th victim is probably the pilot.

posted by Howard_T at 04:23 PM on January 26

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

News has been confirmed. Bryant and 4 others are dead. Bryant's wife was not on board. My wife and I are sitting here stunned and greatly saddened

posted by Howard_T at 03:05 PM on January 26

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash

Report on the news that Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in California. The reports are not confirmed yet. His private helicopter with 5 aboard is said to have crashed, and 3 are dead.

posted by Howard_T at 02:50 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

To commemorate Super Bowl 54, a voodoo priest, in conjunction with rogue Vegas oddsmakers, has created a limited edition Andy Reid Challenge Flag.

posted by beaverboard at 09:19 AM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The women's 3 on 3 game at the NHL All Star game was fun to watch. I wanted more

posted by NoMich at 11:47 PM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Somehow, the New Orleans Saints have managed to go from Bountygate to Steeplegate.

Headhunting to ass covering. Not sure how many NFL franchises are capable of that sort of range.

posted by beaverboard at 09:16 PM on January 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

Friday:
Miami by 3

Saturday:
Lakers by 6

Sunday:
Pelicans by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:20 PM on January 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

/sigh I forgot to make my picks.

WEDNESDAY
Philadelphia at Toronto
San Antonio at New Orleans

THURSDAY
L.A. Lakers at Brooklyn
Dallas at Portland

FRIDAY
Miami by 8

SATURDAY
L.A. Lakers by 7

SUNDAY
New Orleans by 8

posted by NoMich at 10:18 AM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It pays to be the right Williamson at the right time. When burly 6'6" Corliss Williamson came into the league, he got hollered down as a tweener and commentators asked where the hell on the floor he was going to play.

Fast forward some years, change the pro game a bit, and burly 6'6" Zion Williamson is only hearing comments about controlling his weight.

posted by beaverboard at 09:10 AM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I was super-smart and watched the first three quarters and then decided it was getting late and too damn cold and took my dog for a walk and missed the entirety of the fourth.

Thanks a lot, Pais.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:38 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Watched the highlights on YouTube. Zion is going to be a load if he can continue hitting the 3. Guys don't like to get in on him, because he's 285 and all muscle, and he'll tear pretty much any defender apart in a physical game. Unstoppable.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:28 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Didn't get to watch any of the Spurs vs Pelicans. I got home late from Celtics vs Memphis. I did get a good look at Ja Morant, and I was disappointed. He has moves, can get the ball to his teammates, but when others can't use the passes to get good shots, he is not an option to score. I was impressed with Jackson Jr. He is an athlete with good instincts for the game.

posted by Howard_T at 08:20 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

LaMarcus looked good in the Spurs game last night.

posted by beaverboard at 03:07 PM on January 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

Thursday:
Lakers by 12 (SLAM)
Blazers by 4

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:01 PM on January 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

Hi there once again basketball fans. Here we are, high above courtside in TD Garden, where the Memphis Grizzlies and the Boston Celtics are about to do basketball battle. Any long-time Celtics fan will understand that tribute to Johnny Most. On with the picks.

Wednesday, Jan. 22:

The coming of Zion is happening. New Orleans by 11

Thursday, Jan. 23:

Lakers aren't about to play as soft as they did on Monday. Los Angeles by 9

Tough one to call. Mavericks are playing well, but Portland can surprise. Dallas by 13

Friday, Jan, 24:

Much depends on who is in for Clippers. Miami by 4

Saturday, Jan. 25:

Lakers continue their tour of the Atlantic Div. Can 76ers rise to the occasion like Celtics did? Philadelphia by 7

Sunday, Jan. 26:

Celtics are off to the Zion City, of which glorious things are spoken. Boston by 6

3:01 left in the 1st quarter; Memphis up by 3.

posted by Howard_T at 07:55 PM on January 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

Wednesday
Toronto by 9
New Orleans by 8

Thursday
L.A. Lakers by 8 (dunk)
Dallas by 6

Friday
L.A. Clippers by 13 (dunk)

Saturday
Philadelphia by 4

Sunday
New Orleans by 6

posted by rcade at 06:24 PM on January 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

Wednesday

Toronto by 4
New Orleans by 2 SLAM

Thursday

LA Lakers by 6
Dallas by 3 SLAM

Friday
LA Clippers by 2

Saturday
LA Lakers by 3 SLAM

Sunday
Boston by 3

posted by scooby10672 at 05:43 PM on January 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

And Scooby did it in three fewer games!

Wednesday:
Toronto by 8
Pelicans by 10

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:25 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Zion is on his own.

Me too. I will be at TD Garden for Celtics vs Memphis. Eager to see what Ja Morant has to show us.

posted by Howard_T at 03:27 PM on January 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

Running late and frantic. Toronto by 6

I will get the rest from TD Garden tonight.

posted by Howard_T at 03:23 PM on January 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

74 points in a week may be a record.

posted by rcade at 10:41 AM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's 6 dollar chicken parm night at the pub. They just tapped a fresh keg of Mad Elf.

Zion is on his own.

posted by beaverboard at 10:40 AM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Anyone else making sure to sit down and watch the debut of Zion tonight?

posted by NoMich at 10:29 AM on January 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Here Comes Zion Edition

Scooby had a great week as well. Howard doing Howard things also had a decent week. Good going, boys.

posted by NoMich at 10:28 AM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

the Chiefs wouldn't see Mostert until partway through the second quarter

Mostert WAS part of a running back by committee in SF. He took on a primary role in the conference championship only because of injuries to the other RBs.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:33 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Does Kevin Harlan do radio for the Superbowl?

posted by cixelsyd at 11:31 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I watched Super Bowl 4 live as it happened and it remains one of my favorite games of all time. I have to go back and watch it again, and also watch the game film where they have Hank Stram miked up.

Some of Stram's commentary would get him called out these days - I remember him referring to Kassulke running around like a Chinese fire drill, among other things.

But long before there was a Tony Romo in the booth, Stram the broadcaster displayed a crisp ability to predict upcoming plays on offense. "Let's see if they run left."

posted by beaverboard at 10:45 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I will probably do what I do for certain soccer games, find the Spanish language channel of the game. I understand very little Spanish as I live in a Northern state. As I listen, I can catch numbers, names, and a few keys works like "castigo", but the rest is foreign to me.
My other strategy, usually when the game is on ESPN, is find the SkyCam feed. There are no replays, no sideline shots, and sometimes you do not know who is injured. This means on occasion I have to flip back to the regular broadcast but usually flip right back when I understand what just happened. :)

posted by prof at 09:45 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I vote for XTC's "Skylarking" on repeat. Maybe mix in some Dukes of Stratosphear if you need to change it up a bit.

posted by NoMich at 07:58 AM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

ESPN wants to steal Tony Romo away from CBS by offering him an "8 figure annual offer" to do Monday Night Football. Really? Will Romo bring back the magic that seemingly migrated to NBC's SNF? But wait, maybe he'll stay at CBS since they have a right to match any offer.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:28 PM on January 20

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

Monday:
Pelicans by 4
Lakers by 6
Trail Blazers by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:07 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If Belichick was coaching the Niners, the Chiefs wouldn't see Mostert until partway through the second quarter.

posted by beaverboard at 01:10 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I've got two weeks to decide what to listen to during the Super Bowl once I mute the insufferable Joe "Pass is...CAUGHT!" Buck.

posted by beaverboard at 01:01 AM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The color matchup I want to see and likely never will is Bengals - Lions.

Once upon a time I would have said Browns - Lions, but Cleveland decided to have their current uniforms designed by people who think that condiments are primary colors. Sorry, Odell, but on gameday you look like you got shat on by a crossing guard at a chili contest.

posted by beaverboard at 12:50 AM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Welp, we just got robbed of an aesthetic color match-up for Super Bowl 54. I was looking forward to a battle of the bold yellow/green vs red/white. /sigh

posted by NoMich at 09:44 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Pre-game tweet about SF vs GB from Dee Ford is hilarious

Oh and it is not that Dee Ford

posted by prof at 04:25 PM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

KC by 27 LOCK

GB by 13 LOCK

1. Mahomes

2. Jones GB

3. Adams

4. Sherman

5. Martinez GB

posted by rumple at 02:05 PM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Damn phone.

Rushing: Coleman (SF)

Receiving: Kittle

Interception: Sorensen (KC)

5+: Martinez (GB)

posted by tahoemoj at 11:39 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

KC by 17 lock

SF by 6 lock

Passing yards: Maholmes

Rushing yards:

posted by tahoemoj at 11:34 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Kansas City by 3 LOCK

San Francisco by 10 LOCK

Pass yards: Rodgers

Rush yards: Coleman

Receiving yards: Kelce

Interception: Mathieu

Tackles: Martinez

posted by jagsnumberone at 03:31 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Tennessee by 3
San Francisco by 17 LOCK

Passing: Patrick Mahomes (KC)
Rushing: Derrick Henry (TEN)
Receiving: Travis Kelce (KC)
INT: Emmanuel Moseley (SF)
Tackles: Rashaan Evans (TEN)

posted by gridironarizona at 01:06 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Kansas City by 10 (lock)
San Francisco by 3 (lock)

Passer: Patrick Mahomes (KC)
Rusher: Derrick Henry (Ten)
Receiver: Travis Kelce (KC)
Intercepter: Kenny Vaccaro (Ten)
Tackler: Blake Martinez (FB)

posted by rcade at 07:32 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

KC by 9 LOCK
SF by 9 LOCK

Passing: Rodgers GB
Rushing: Henry KC
Receiving: Davante Adams GB
Int: Sherman SF
Tackles: Sorensen, KC

posted by prof at 06:29 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Haha, I thought the ads change were just me

posted by prof at 06:20 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Tennessee by 4
LOCK San Francisco by 7 LOCK

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Derrick Henry
3. Davante Adams
4. Logan Ryan
5. Logan Ryan

posted by bender at 04:00 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

KC by 10 LOCK

SF BY 15 LOCK

QB: Mahomes

RB: Henry

Receiver: Kittle

Int: Byard (Tenn)

Tackles: Ryan (Tenn)

posted by cixelsyd at 01:56 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Green Bay by 3 LOCK
Tennessee by 4 LOCK

Passing: Garoppolo (SF)
Rushing: Henry (Tenn)
Receiving: D. Adams (GB)
Interceptor: K Byard (Tenn)
Tackler: B Martinez (GB)

posted by gloglu at 01:54 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Kansas City by 21

San Francisco by 15

Passer: Mahomes

Rusher: Henry

Receiver: Kelce

Interceper: Martinez

Tackler: Evans

posted by tommytrump at 01:28 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The ads are wonky on here. They shouldn't be appearing in comments. I'll fix soon.

posted by rcade at 12:52 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Kansas City by 12 (LOCK)

San Francisco by 10 (LOCK)

Passing Yards: Patrick Mahomes

Rushing Yards: Derrick Henry

Receiving Yards: Travis Kelce

Interception: Richard Sherman

+5 Tackles: Logan Ryan (Ten)

posted by ic23b at 12:43 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Kansas City by 13 - LOCK
San Francisco by 3 - LOCK

Passing: Mahomes
Rushing: Henry
Receiving: Tyreek Hill
Interception: Blake Martinez
Tackles: Blake Martinez

posted by tron7 at 12:37 PM on January 18

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

Saturday:
Clips by 6
Rockets by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:19 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

GAMES
Kansas City by 7
San Francisco by 7

Lock them both up, please.

PROP BETS
The quarterback with the most passing yards: P. Mahomes (KC)
The player with the most rushing yards: D. Henry (TEN)
The player with the most receiving yards: D. Adams (GB)
A player who will get an interception: R. Sherman (SF)
A player who will get more than 5 tackles: F. Warner (SF)

posted by NoMich at 12:02 PM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

NFC East beware - Sheriff Garrett has turned in his badge in Dallas and is coming to help the Judge administer frontier justice at the Meadowlands. They might send a search party upriver to Hackensack to check Muscato's landfill for Jimmy Hoffa's remains.

posted by beaverboard at 11:08 AM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Chiefs won a game by 20 they trailed by 24. I wonder how many times an NFL game had a point difference exceeding both 20 and -20.

posted by rcade at 10:10 AM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Pick these five prop bets for the entire weekend (not for each game):

1. The quarterback with the most passing yards. +5 points

2. The player with the most rushing yards. +5 points

3. The player with the most receiving yards. +5 points

4. A player who will get an interception. +5 points

5. A player who will get more than 5 tackles. +5 points

posted by rcade at 09:36 AM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

PlayerTotal ScoreProps
bender5615
jagsnumberone415
gridironarizona3810
cixelsyd3615
tommytrump350
tron73115
Howard_T295
ic23b265
Boaz250
tahoemoj2310
prof235
NoMich205
gloglu610
rcade110
grum@work-40
rumple-155

1. Passer: Deshaun Watson, 388 yards -- none

2. Rusher: Derrick Henry, 195 yards -- cixelsyd, tron7, rcade, bender

3: Receiver: Davante Adams, 160 yards -- none

4: Sacker: Danielle Hunter (Min) -- rcade, gridironarizona, jagsnumberone, NoMich; Nick Bosa (SF) -- cixelsyd, tahoemoj, Howard_T; Za'Darius Smith (GB) -- tron7, prof, bender; Arik Armstead (SF) -- ic23b; Jadaveon Clowney (Sea) -- rumple; Preston Smith (GB) -- gloglu; Stephen Weatherly (Min), Solomon Thomas (SF), DeForest Buckner (SF), Dee Ford (SF), Jurrell Casey (Ten), Harold Landry III (Ten), Kamalei Correa (Ten), Earl Thomas III (Bal), Gareon Conley (Hou), Rashad Fenton (Kan), Frank Clark (Kan), Dorian O'Daniel (Kan), K.J. Wright (Sea), Shaquem Griffin (Sea), and Kenny Clark (GB) -- none

5. Most points: Kansas City, 51 -- ic23b, cixelsyd, tron7, tahoemoj, gloglu, gridironarizona, bender

posted by rcade at 09:35 AM on January 18

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

Philadelphia by 9
Dallas by 2
L.A. Clippers by 10
L.A. Lakers by 5

posted by rcade at 08:23 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

/sigh All Star d-man, Dougie Hamilton, out with a broken fibula. Anyone got a replacement d-man sitting around waiting for his big chance to be a jerk?

posted by NoMich at 02:43 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Hoping there is someone out there in AB's circle that can help him find direction.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:39 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The "still living" companion tale is that of Antonio Brown, who just crossed a once unthinkable threshold: Drew Rosenhaus is seeking to sever ties with him. You need to be troubled beyond rescue or redemption for that to happen.

posted by beaverboard at 11:42 AM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Binge watched the Aaron Hernandez documentary over the past 2 nights. Certainly painted his whole situation as a result of a perfect storm with the effects of CTE, loss of a role model at a critical time, getting in with the wrong crowd, and concerns about sexuality. He was clearly a personality who urgently needed strong mentorship and received none once his father passed. Ultimately he made one bad choice after another with those closest to him, including the Hurricanes and Patriots organizations, doing nothing to help him even though it was clearly evident he was in dire need.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:21 AM on January 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

THURSDAY
Milwackeeee by 11,000.0258
Denver by 13

Well, I messed this day up, but I at least got the Denver score in before gametime.

FRIDAY
Philadelphia by 8
Dallas by 11

SATURDAY
New Orleans by 7
L.A. Lakers by 8

MONDAY
Memphis by 7
L.A. Lakers by 8
Portland by 18

posted by NoMich at 09:42 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As dominoes continue to fall, sports fans are respectfully being asked to stop trying to establish connections between The White House and the Houston Astros in an attempt to move impeachment proceedings into the express lane.

posted by beaverboard at 06:55 PM on January 16

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

Thursday

Milwaukee by 8 SLAM Denver by 7

Friday

Philadelphia by 8 SLAM Dallas by 7

Saturday

LA Clippers by 3 SLAM LA Lakers by 3

Monday

Memphis by 3 SLAM LALakers by 3 Portland by 8 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 04:41 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. Card Erskine shares some history about sign stealing. Yes, I am old enough to have seen him pitch.

posted by Howard_T at 02:29 PM on January 16

Luke Kuechly Retires from NFL at 28

Loved watching him as he gave everything on every play. But also saw 2 games that he had to leave that didn't look good. I hope he got out early enough to enjoy a healthy life.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:10 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Stolen from Twitter:

Since November 20

7 NHL Head Coaches fired

5 Detroit Red Wings wins

posted by tommytrump at 09:15 PM on January 15

Luke Kuechly Retires from NFL at 28

I'm glad to see Panthers leadership treating his decision with respect, and I hope the fan base follows suit.

As with any fan base, you got your real assholes sounding off about how he needs to give the team just two more seasons and he's being selfish for not doing so or that this is all Cam's fault. But a clear majority of Panthers fans are sad but totally respect his decision to get out of the game before it kills him. Even the Hurricanes are saying their goodbye (picture is of him sounding the siren before a playoff game last year).

posted by NoMich at 05:25 PM on January 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

Last week surprised me. The surprise is that I actually came out with a plus score, and had I not been too late to enter a pick on Boston vs Philadelphia, I would certainly been in negative territory. Maybe this week will go better.

Wednesday, Jan. 15:

Kyrie is back and Embiid isn't. So? Philadelphia by 9

Rockets are at home on the second night of a back-to-back with travel after a tough loss to Memphis. Rest advantage to Portland, but they're too inconsistent to make use of it. Houston by 12 SLAM

Thursday, Jan. 16:

This does not look good for Celtics. He is out tonight against Detroit with "tendinitis", but he is expected to go against Bucks. In addition to Tatum and a rest disadvantage, Daniel Theis has been hurt, and he would be the main low post defender. Milwaukee by 14 SLAM

Warriors have to face a team that is #6 in the power rankings, but one that has under-performed on occasion. They face a cross-country trip from Boston to play this end of a back-to-back. Still, the Warriors have just not been good. Golden State by 8

Friday, Jan. 17:

Bulls will charge at the matador's cape, but they will not lay a horn on him. They hung around long enough against Celtics Monday to make something of a game out of it, but the 4th quarter was extended garbage time. Philadelphia by 11 SLAM

The grand tour of Texas continues for Trail Blazers, but the results won't get much better. Dallas is without Poryzingis, but Doncic makes up for that. Dallas by 10

Saturday, Jan. 18:

Behold, Zion, we await the day of thy coming. Zion will arrive, just not for this one. Los Angeles (non-purple) by 12

Meanwhile, just little way to the west, another invader from LA comes in. This could actually be a tight game, but one team has too much talent. Los Angeles (purple) by 6

Monday, Jan 20:

Do bears eat Pelicans? Bears will eat anything they want. Ja Morant can actually play some hoop. Memphis by 11

It has been a blood rivalry back to my teens, about 60 years, and in Boston it never seems to diminish. This time both teams have legitimate post-season chances, and sub-plots abound. Celtics will have been at home for several days, while Lakers are on the road. I see no rest advantage here, though. Boston by 4

Up the left coast go the Warriors. There they will blaze no new trail. Portland by 15 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 04:34 PM on January 15

Luke Kuechly Retires from NFL at 28

+100

posted by billsaysthis at 04:00 PM on January 15

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

Oh brother. If they're going to give Rose air time, they might as well try to get Art Schlichter on the line to see what he thinks.

posted by beaverboard at 01:33 PM on January 15

Luke Kuechly Retires from NFL at 28

The one I remember seeing on TV was bad. He was way into Chrebet territory, maybe beyond it.

Besides more players retiring early, maybe some of the multi-sport athletes coming out of college might play pro football to the end of their rookie contract, assess their future market value in the league, then switch to hoops or baseball to extend their playing career with less devastation to life and limb.

posted by beaverboard at 01:29 PM on January 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

Wednesday:
76ers by 11 (SLAM)
Rockets by 9

Thursday:
Bucks by 10
Nuggets by 14 (SLAM)

Friday:
76ers by 14 (SLAM)
Mavericks by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:21 PM on January 15

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

Y'all might be shocked to hear this, but Pete Rose has opinions.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:14 PM on January 15

Luke Kuechly Retires from NFL at 28

Smart choice. Concussions (at last 1) in three consecutive seasons must have been brutal on his cognitive function. I'm glad to see Panthers leadership treating his decision with respect, and I hope the fan base follows suit.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:13 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This should be fun: Sources: Women's 3-on-3 set for All-Star Weekend. USA v Canada.

posted by NoMich at 09:41 AM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

ESPN seems to enjoy playing "Gimme Shelter" during its college football broadcasts, so much so that they figured it would be a great stroke to air it when the president made his entrance at last night's championship game.

posted by beaverboard at 11:18 PM on January 14

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Under Armour Embiid 1 Edition

WEDNESDAY
Philadelphia by 9
Houston by 14

posted by NoMich at 09:04 PM on January 14

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

If the investigation into the 2018 Red Sox uncovers anything at all, I suspect Alex Cora will get a lifetime ban.

He gone. (I doubt lifetime)

posted by tommytrump at 08:04 PM on January 14

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

Valentine would be purgatory.

Then there's hell.

posted by beaverboard at 07:35 PM on January 14

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

the extra team punishment should be the rehiring of Bobby Valentine for the 2020 season.

lol

Based on what the local (Boston) scribes and talking heads are saying, Cora should be upgrading his resume. Lists of prospective successors have already appeared. One of the names considered most likely is Ron Roenicke, currently a coach with the Red Sox. The problem is that Cora and Roenicke go back a long way, Cora hired Roenicke to fill his current position, and some of the smell from "the unauthorized intercept and use of clandestine communications" might be clinging to him.

posted by Howard_T at 05:29 PM on January 14

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

I wonder if the Red Sox should get in front of this situation and fire Cora now and give the new manager a chance to start fresh with the team at spring training. It's possible that the MLB investigation into the 2018 Red Sox might not finish until pitchers/catcher report (since it only started a couple of weeks ago).

Even if they find the Red Sox innocent, Cora is still going to be suspended for his actions with the 2017 Astros, so clean the slate and start with a new manager.

Now, if the Red Sox are found guilty of something, then the extra team punishment should be the rehiring of Bobby Valentine for the 2020 season.

posted by grum@work at 04:36 PM on January 14

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

I think this is going to take the "replay challenge video review" out of team's hands in the near future. It's quite possible that the league will force the managers on the field to challenge calls based on their own eyes (and not being able to consult with their "replay team").

That removes any reason for the team in the dugout to communicate with any personnel outside the dugout (or bullpen), and thus minimize sign-stealing opportunities.

It will also make it easy to say "any communication, except bullpen phone, is forbidden" and then drop harsher penalties on anyone who tries again.

posted by grum@work at 04:33 PM on January 14

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

If the investigation into the 2018 Red Sox uncovers anything at all, I suspect Alex Cora will get a lifetime ban.

posted by Mookieproof at 03:02 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

You get a raise! You get a raise! Everyone gets a raise!

posted by tommytrump at 02:22 PM on January 14

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

I'll say, I think the Astros received a pretty steep penalty. I don't believe vacating the title would ever be on the table for MLB, and I recognize that punishing the individual players for a team practice--though warranted--would be difficult to implement. The suspensions left the Astros with tough decisions to make, and they made the prudent ones. They were going to need someone in both of those positions for this season, which has not yet even started. They would not get good/qualified outside interest if it is for one year only while they wait out the suspensions, so either they temporarily promote from within or they take some placeholder for an entire season--or they fire them and look to hire for longer term.

The other side of this is that there is likely some amount of other cheating going on that is either not known or not public. I don't think that every team is cheating, but I bet that others are doing similar things, and MLB may even have some other evidence. They are trying to walk the line of being heavy-handed enough to discourage future cheating without locking themselves into such a harsh penalty that would cripple the league if they had to hand it down to multiple teams at the same time.

posted by bender at 12:18 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ufi is the one on the left. I can tell by the Cardinals shirt

posted by NoMich at 11:04 AM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

2 questions:

1. Who is on left / right?

2. When are you guys going to host the first annual Spofi conference on Kona?

posted by cixelsyd at 10:40 AM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nice! I've been seeing some of his photos on twitter

posted by NoMich at 10:16 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

SpoFi lunch on Kona with @ufez: photo proof

posted by billsaysthis at 09:08 PM on January 13

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