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SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Considering starting a crowdfunding campaign to allow LaVar to keep on doing exactly what he's doing.
Even take it up a notch if possible.
I don't care who wins. I just want 'em to keep going as long as possible. I'm a believer in the principle of nut neutrality.

posted by beaverboard at 09:00 AM on November 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

I had a very bad week, about as bad as Marcus Smart's shooting percentage. Of course, Smart does a number of things that make his lack of scoring inconsequential, but it might be nice to do better. I will be baking for Thanksgiving tomorrow, so it's on to the picks right now.

Two class teams on Wednesday night. Warriors have underachieved a bit, but never, ever underestimate them. On the other hand, Thunder have played well at times in the early going. Oklahoma City by 4

Sacramento is inept and Lakers are showing some signs of actually being not too bad. Los Angeles (Purple and Gold version) by 9

Watch out, Eastern Conference, Cavaliers are starting to take things seriously. Cleveland by 17 SLAM

Warriors are at home, Chicago plays more like the homeless. Golden State by 18 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 12:15 AM on November 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

Golden State by 7
Sacramento by 11 SLAM
Cleveland by 9 SLAM
Golden State by 17 SLAM

posted by bender at 12:10 AM on November 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

Golden State by 8
Sacramento by 5
Cleveland by 7
Golden State by 19 (slam)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:24 PM on November 21

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

"Five poor souls took Buffalo" sounds like the title of a Stan Rogers tune about an obscure winter tragedy that took place in the 1930's.

posted by beaverboard at 07:42 PM on November 21

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

I went back to our predictions: five poor souls took Buffalo. They have our condolences.

posted by jjzucal at 07:33 PM on November 21

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

Golden State by 7 - SLAM
L.A. Lakers by 8
Cleveland by 4
Golden State by 24 - SLAM

posted by tron7 at 04:01 PM on November 21

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

Whoo hoo!

Golden State by 12
L.A. Lakers by 7
Cleveland by 12
Golden State by 16

posted by NoMich at 03:57 PM on November 21

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

Normally this contest only includes games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. But in three weeks where there were under four games, I added some from NBA TV. The full season schedule is online, aside from flex scheduling changes later in the season.

posted by rcade at 03:15 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A kid in the stands pointed at Kyrie at said: "Why is that guy from Friday the 13th getting an EKG on his face?"

posted by beaverboard at 01:21 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:52 PM on November 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

I'm no fan of Rowdy, whose proportions are weird and face kind of terrifying. But I can't call him the worst in a world where Boltman exists.

I stand corrected ... there's Sammy the Shrimp at Southend United.

posted by jjzucal at 11:46 AM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Georgia Dome implosion

posted by tommytrump at 11:25 AM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Pete Carroll had another acid flashback last night. Fourth and 4 with 7 seconds left no timeouts and trailing the team you need to beat for wildcard positioning, why not run a fake field goal where you hand the ball off to Luke Willson for his first running attempt of the season (? his career) whom you've chosen because he is the slowest player on either team who isn't an offensive lineman.

Yes, everyone was fooled.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:51 AM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Needing OT to beat the Mavs this year should be considered a loss, tbh.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:09 AM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I have no idea what I watched (and listened to as the stream was horrible for some reason) last night, but the Celtics' streak continued. Having switched to radio, I became concerned Cornbread Maxwell was not going to make it through OT.

posted by yerfatma at 09:58 AM on November 21

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Too bad for LeSean McCoy.

Read something yesterday (maybe Barnwell at ESPN) saying McDermott's has also messed up McCoy's production by running him out of the shotgun much more than last year. McCoy's advanced yardage numbers are about the same, but beginning with a standing start 2 yards behind the line has made the positive yardage harder to come by.

So all-in-all, good work.

posted by yerfatma at 09:56 AM on November 21

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

McDermott was quoted today as saying that he would "evaluate" his QB situation prior to the Bills next game.

Some took this to mean that he might start Peterman again and became concerned.

Perhaps there's already a Billy Crystal movie in the concept stage entitled "Evaluate This".

I can't believe how swiftly and unexpectedly the Bills have gone from a solid second place team in the AFC East to a German blimp arriving at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station.

posted by beaverboard at 09:00 PM on November 20

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

It was a bold decision by...

George Pickett to lead a charge at Gettysburg.

George Armstrong Custer to split his forces at the Little Big Horn.

General Packenham to charge into a fortified line at New Orleans.

Titanic's captain to maintain speed through an ice field.

Well, two of them survived, but Sean McDermott's chances aren't too good.

posted by Howard_T at 12:54 PM on November 20

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Peterman played high school in my county. He was talked up all week before the game as a promising rookie. Ouch.

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Wasn't it also NBC that had a little girl in a Ravens jersey get into an elevator in a parking garage with a Baltimore Ravens player as part of a pre-game intro?

And that Ravens player happened to be Ray "sell out my two friends so I can plea out of murder charges" Lewis?

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:45 PM on November 20

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Too bad for LeSean McCoy. He was trying hard to compensate by racking up 20 rushing yards per INT in the first half, but there's no competing with a turnover machine like Peterman. (Or Dak for that matter.)

LeSean must wonder what life might be like if he'd been able to outlast the Doughboy in Philly. He might be on that high flying Eagles roster right now, having the time of his life.

posted by beaverboard at 11:44 AM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Glad I wasn't the only person who thought that, rcade. Tone deaf, even by sports TV standards.

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:42 AM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Can't wait to hear the official explanation for this from the Peacock.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:10 AM on November 20

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Opening of Bills' post-game article: "It was a bold decision by head coach Sean McDermott to start rookie Nate Peterman ..."

Erm, yeah.

Peterman to Bills' receivers - 6 completions, 66 yards. Peterman to Chargers' "receivers" - 5 completions, 84 yards, 1 TD.

posted by jjzucal at 10:28 AM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Given the cultural moment we're in, where the recognition of sexual abuse victims is at an all-time high, NBC's decision to use a registered sex offender in a Thanksgiving NFL game promo is unbelievable.

posted by rcade at 10:00 AM on November 20

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Peterman is somewhat fortunate. His self-destruction took place in front of only 20,000 people.

posted by beaverboard at 01:51 AM on November 20

What to Read when It's Time for Sports:

No "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton, or "They call me Assassin" by Jack Tatum, two of my personal favs.

posted by jagsnumberone at 12:21 AM on November 20

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

My reaction today:

"Hey, the Bills are playing at 4pm. It's almost 5 o'clock, I wonder how that new QB is doing?"

[checks stats]

"Oh. Dear."

posted by grum@work at 12:12 AM on November 20

What to Read when It's Time for Sports:

This is an interesting list. Some I'd heard of (but admittedly haven't read) and quite a few I hadn't. Thanks for posting this, rumple.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:47 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm just going to let everyone know that "Let's do that hockey!" is now the go-to phrase for all hip internet hockey fans.

posted by grum@work at 08:17 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Nigerian women's bobsled team, starting from scratch with a wooden sled they made themselves, and progressing with the help of crowdfunding, has qualified for the Olympics.

posted by beaverboard at 06:39 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

5) Drew Pearson's NFL Draft speech

Listen, I hate the Cowboys as much as anyone, but that speech was amazing. The only thing that could've made it better was if he declared, "...with the 60th pick in the second round the Dallas Cowboys select wide receiver from Tulsa, ME!" and then jumped into the sea of Eagles fans

posted by NoMich at 02:48 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

1) Jerry Jones

Conceded.

2) "America's Team"

Conceded, but it's kind of true when a team can be mostly mediocre for 20 years and still rank No. 1 in TV ratings and self-declared fan popularity in many surveys.

3) That damn midfield star

Heretic! The pentagram deserves respect.

4) League's dumbest mascot

I'm no fan of Rowdy, whose proportions are weird and face kind of terrifying. But I can't call him the worst in a world where Boltman exists.

5) Drew Pearson's NFL Draft speech

NO! Drew is magic on the mike.

posted by rcade at 01:59 PM on November 19

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Toronto by 3

Calgary by 12

Mitchell

Calgary

posted by rcade at 12:58 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 8 (above)
Jacksonville by 10 (lock)
Detroit by 6
Green Bay by 4
Tampa Bay by 7
L.A. Rams by 6
New Orleans by 17 (lock)
Kansas City by 13 (lock)
Arizona by 3
Buffalo by 10
Denver by 9 (lock)
New England by 8
Philadelphia by 13
Seattle by 4

I have the feeling this is going to be an ugly week.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:32 PM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 10 *lock* from above
Jacksonville by 10 *lock*
Detroit by 6
Green Bay by 6
Miami by 3
Minnesota by 7 *lock*
New Orleans by 13
Kansas City by 14
Arizona by 6
L.A. Chargers by 7
Denver by 6
New England by 10 *lock*
Philadelphia by 13
Atlanta by 3

posted by MeatSaber at 11:09 AM on November 19

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Toronto by 4

Edmonton by 3

Reilly

Toronto

posted by Reever at 10:05 AM on November 19

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 3

Calgary by 10

Mitchell

Calgary

posted by jagsnumberone at 03:42 AM on November 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 3 (in Wednesday's huddle)

Jacksonville by 13 LOCK

Detroit by 6 LOCK

Green Bay by 3

Miami by 2

Minnesota by 3

New Orleans by 17 LOCK

Kansas City by 10 LOCK

Houston by 4

LA Chargers by 3

Cincinnati by 3

New England by 6

Philadelphia by 10 LOCK

Seattle by 4

posted by jagsnumberone at 03:38 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Billericay?

They're doing very well. In case you couldn't tell.

https://youtu.be/Lu3PoWpI1BE

posted by owlhouse at 11:25 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Five Reasons to Hate the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday:
1) Jerry Jones
2) "America's Team"
3) That damn midfield star
4) League's dumbest mascot
5) Drew Pearson's NFL Draft speech
(Yes, I have been trolling Cowgirls' fans on Twitter)
(Yes, I am praying that doesn't blow up in my face)

Cleveland by 2 (Jags step into gopher hole)
Chicago by 9
Baltimore by 7
Tampa Bay by 10
L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK
New Orleans by 15 LOCK
Kansas City by 16 LOCK
Arizona by 6
L.A. Chargers by 10
Cincinnati by 20 LOCK
New England by 9 LOCK
Philadelphia by 24 LOCK
Atlanta by 6

posted by jjzucal at 08:24 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

This halftime sports update just in from the 19th Century edition of the Frontier Messenger:

"North Texas in shootout with Army "

posted by beaverboard at 08:17 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 5 (as seen above)
Jacksonville by 6
Detroit by 8
Green Bay by 7
Tampa Bay by 5
L.A. Rams by 8
New Orleans by 14
Kansas City by 12
Arizona by 9
L.A. Chargers by 6
Cincinnati by 6
New England by 12
Philadelphia by 12
Seattle by 8

posted by NoMich at 07:20 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Jacksonville by 14 LOCK

Chicago by 3

Green Bay by 7

Miami by 10

Minnesota by 10

New Orleans by 17 LOCK

Kansas City by 14 LOCK

Houston by 3

L.A. Chargers by 7

Cincinnati by 3

New England by 21 LOCK

Philadelphia by 9

Seattle by 13 LOCK

posted by rumple at 06:47 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

One pick made, 13 to go. Got the first one right, but I knew I should have locked it. No guts, no glory.

For the runner in of the state of Florida championship: Tampa Bay by 8

Arizona by 6

Kansas City by 16 LOCK

Jacksonville by 19 LOCK

Detroit by 13 LOCK

Los Angeles (National Conference) by 9

Baltimore by 12

New Orleans by 10 LOCK

Los Angeles (American Conference) by 15 LOCK

New England by 14 LOCK

Philadelphia by 10 LOCK

Atlanta by 4

posted by Howard_T at 06:22 PM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Wow!!! I actually got 1 point last week. How that happened is a mystery to me. Now let's see if I can do better. There's something in this about blind hogs and acorns, but I don't know how that fits.

Saskatchewan by 14

Calgary by 13

Reilly

Calgary

posted by Howard_T at 06:11 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK +10
Jacksonville by 10 LOCK
Detroit by 4
Baltimore by 4
Miami by 3
Minnesota by 3
New Orleans by 20 LOCK
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Houston by 6
L.A. Chargers by 17 LOCK
Denver by 3
New England by 14 LOCK
Philadelphia by 10 LOCK
Seattle by 3

posted by truthhurts at 06:09 PM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Argonauts by 4

Edmonton by 3

Reilly

Calgary

posted by argoal at 01:14 PM on November 18

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Would this conversation be occurring had the key suspensions been a second- or third-string quarterback or running back and not Tom Brady or Ezekiel Elliott?

I don't see that as hypocrisy. I see it as picking your battles. Losing a top talent is a big deal. The Cowboys could miss the playoffs because of Elliott's suspension. It makes a lot more sense for Jones to go to the battlements over that than if he lost the team's third-string QB.

Incidentally, Lucky Whitehead plays a role in the Elliott case. He either exchanged texts with Elliott's girlfriend (her story) or had sex with her while she was dating Elliott (Elliott's).

He was a good returner. It was a shame he got cut.

posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 7
Edmonton by 9
Mike Reilly
Calgary

posted by bender at 11:22 AM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 11
Calgary by 9
BLM
Toronto?!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:41 AM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 13

Calgary by 15

Never diminish Glenn Magic

Saskatchewan

posted by jjzucal at 10:21 PM on November 17

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Cixelsyd, thank you. I'd venture Mr. Kraft and Mr. Jones would not have had the guts to go after Pete Rozelle. They have made Roger Goodell into a weak duck; now they want to go for the kill.

Would this conversation be occurring had the key suspensions been a second- or third-string quarterback or running back and not Tom Brady or Ezekiel Elliott? The owners would have had the lesser names serve their suspensions, then force their releases.

A final note: remember Lucky Whitehead? The Cowboys' wide receiver was released after reports of an arrest warrant in Virginia surfaced ... except one day later authorities stated the warrant was based on a false identity. Was he reinstated ... nope. It seems Jones' current whining makes him a hypocrite.

posted by jjzucal at 07:25 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Unrepentant mother and child murder mastermind Charles Manson is close to death in a prison hospital.

Unrepentant mother and (almost) child murder mastermind Rae Carruth will be released from prison in less than a year.

posted by beaverboard at 05:35 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Chancellor Lee Adams will celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Chancellor Lee is the son of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth who is imprisoned for masterminding the murder of Chancellor Lee's mother Cherica Adams. Chancellor Lee was born prematurely and has cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage due to his traumatic birth.

This has my emotions running at full steam on many different levels right now. But the most important part of this story is Chancellor turning 18 years old.

posted by NoMich at 05:20 PM on November 17

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations

I read the UEFA plan. I'd fear what a flow chart would look like.

I see the benefit for the smaller countries, some of which are more "part-time" clubs with few international friendlies. I'm not sure about benefits for the larger countries other than these would replace what would reduced friendly availability in Europe.

posted by jjzucal at 03:48 PM on November 17

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

The NFL didn't create a law enforcement branch because it wasn't allowed to enforce its own rule. Goodell did it to make the public think it took player discipline seriously after Ray Rice.

But I don't think it does take this seriously. Do fans have more confidence or less after DeflateGate and this Elliott suspension? It seems half-assed and capricious to me.

posted by rcade at 03:44 PM on November 17

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Sure. Get rid of Goodell and bring someone in who will just yield to the 2 owners who feel they and their players are entitled to special treatment and are therefore above any form of league enforced punishment.

The NFL doesn't need to spend large sums of money, or create any "law enforcement branches", if it is allowed to enforce it's rules. It does if it needs to defend itself against the few franchises that feel they are above the rules that all others abide by.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:06 PM on November 17

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Never thought I'd root for Jerry Jones

posted by tron7 at 02:53 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

New rich owner.

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on November 17

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations

Interesting idea, but I hope it doesn't increase the games we have to play against our own region. Playing scrubs can give a false impression of where we are talentwise (except when we lose to them and fail to qualify for a World Cup).

posted by rcade at 02:37 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Is it a money laundering scheme?

posted by NoMich at 02:25 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Billiricay Town, a team at the seventh level of English football, has a player payroll of 25,000 a week -- five times what most teams are paying at the 5th tier.

posted by rcade at 02:02 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh, that wasn't the Iowa Hawkeyes playing last night? (seriously, great unis that PITT had on display last night)

posted by NoMich at 01:00 PM on November 17

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

The story says the NFL spent $22.5 million investigating Deflategate!

The Elliott case shows that Goodell can't run investigations competently. Kia Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, interviewed Elliott and his girlfriend six times and concluded that the girlfriend was not a credible witness. Roberts was then excluded from an advisory board that met to decide what action to take and Goodell allegedly wasn't even told of Roberts' conclusion before deciding on a punishment.

What's the point of hiring investigators if you're going to intentionally ignore their findings? The NFL's decision to create a shadow law enforcement branch inside the league headquarters is a mistake. It will make player disciplinary matters a bigger issue not a smaller one.

posted by rcade at 12:47 PM on November 17

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Toronto by 6

Edmonton by 10

Ray

Toronto

posted by tahoemoj at 12:36 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Petitioning the league ASAP to let the Steelers wear their uniforms from last night for all future games, home and away. Baddest ass sets ever. What chance is a powder blue pastel team going to have against a look like that? It's like Lee Van Cleef and Shaft against the Smurfs.

posted by beaverboard at 12:34 PM on November 17

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 7

Edmonton by 9

Reilly

Sackskatchewan

posted by cixelsyd at 12:33 PM on November 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 17

Jacksonville by 21

Detroit by 6

Baltimore by11

Tampa Bay by 6

L.A. Rams by 5

New Orleans by 18

Kansas City by 21

Arizona by 3

L.A. Chargers by 9

Cincinnati by 8

New England by 11

Philadelphia by 15

Atlanta by 2

posted by tommytrump at 09:59 AM on November 17

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Toronto by 17

Calgary by 21

Ricky Ray

Saskatchewan

posted by tommytrump at 09:54 AM on November 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Tennessee at Pittsburgh on NBC (Thursday)Game already over
Jacksonville at Cleveland on CBS (Sunday) Jacksonville by 20
Detroit at Chicago on Fox (Sunday) Chicago by 10
Baltimore at Green Bay on CBS (Sunday) Baltimore by 10
Tampa Bay at Miami on Fox (Sunday) Miami by 7
L.A. Rams at Minnesota on Fox (Sunday) Rams by 20
Washington at New Orleans on Fox (Sunday) N.O. by 10
Kansas City at N.Y. Giants on CBS (Sunday) K.C. by 14
Arizona at Houston on Fox (Sunday) Arizona by 10
Buffalo at L.A. Chargers on Fox (Sunday) Buffalo by 17
Cincinnati at Denver on CBS (Sunday) Denver by 7
New England at Oakland on CBS (Sunday)
Philadelphia at Dallas on NBC (Sunday) Phili by 14
Atlanta at Seattle on ESPN (Monday) Atlanta by 10

posted by Boaz at 09:08 AM on November 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

I picked Warriors to win by 11, and in the 3rd quarter I thought it might be more. Never have I been so happy to miss on a pick. At the beginning of the game, every seat was filled; at the end of the game, none were. The crowd was on its feet, the noise was deafening, and the ending was special. If you stand outside the TD Garden after a game, you can tell the outcome just by listening to the fans. Tonight they were yelling, screaming, and chanting "Let's go Celtics". That's a sure sign of a big win over a very good team. Nights like this are the reason I have season tickets.

posted by Howard_T at 12:42 AM on November 17

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 10

Calgary by 23

QB most passing yards- Bo Levi Mitchell

Team with most sacks- Calgary

posted by ic23b at 11:48 PM on November 16

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

It was shaping up to be a real barn-burner as both Saskatchewan and Ottawa scored on their first possessions. But Saskatchewan's defence stepped up, forcing turnovers, halting Redblack momentum, and letting the Rider offence pad the lead. Ottawa chipped away but couldn't close the gap, and the Riders head to Toronto.

Out west, it took a while for the offence to heat up in the Winnipeg snows, but when it did, the Bomber D just couldn't keep up. Edmonton opens up a big lead and Winnipeg never really challenged it - but they got the time-expiring touchdown to make life interesting in Pick 'Ems around the country.

In bonus-land, Justin Medlock piles on 10 points in a losing cause, while the cold can't keep the offence down: a full 13.5 points OVER the line.

SSK @ OTTEDM @ WPGKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultSaskatchewan by 11Edmonton by 7MedlockOver
Margin of Error8 to 145 to 9

A solid five points put jjzucal on top. In other news, everyone else is within four points of first!

SpoFiteSSK @ OTTSEDM @ WPgSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
jjzucalSaskatchewan Edmonton5MedlockOver55
DrJohnEvansSaskatchewan12 MedlockOver44
rcadeSaskatchewan9Edmonton Over44
bender Edmonton7 33
cixelsydSaskatchewan9 Medlock 33
jagsnumberoneSaskatchewan Edmonton Over33
Reever Edmonton8 Over33
argoal Edmonton Over22
ic23bSaskatchewan Medlock 22
tahoemojSaskatchewan Over22
tommytrump Edmonton Over22
Howard_T Medlock 11
JPR Over11

The forecast for this weekend: snow in Toronto, cowboy hats in Calgary.

DIVISION FINALS

Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) @ Toronto Argonauts (9-9) (Sunday, November 19, 1:00pm ET)

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 last-place finishers are meeting in the East Division Finals. And I have no idea who's going to win. The Argos have had an impressive turnaround under their new ownership, but consistency issues have plagued them all season. Saskatchewan hung tough in the West but still ended up in fourth place. It'll come down to the two super-veteran quarterbacks, Ricky Ray and Kevin Glenn.

CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview »

Edmonton (12-6) @ Calgary Stampeders (13-4-1) (Sunday, November 19, 4:30pm ET)

Edmonton's story is compelling: tough start, nearly makes it all the way back to second place, wins convincingly on the road in the division semi. Mike Reilly and CJ Gable both look healthy and productive. They haven't lost since September and look to be firing on all cylinders. However: Calgary is still King of the West until proven otherwise.

CFL.ca Western Final Preview »

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardage on Sunday.

2017 Passing Stats »

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the team whose defence will register the most sacks on Sunday.

2017 Defensive Stats »

Example pick: Saskatchewan by 21, Calgary by 14, Ray, Edmonton.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:15 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Tennessee by 3
Jacksonville by 13 <-- lock
Detroit by 7 <-- lock
Baltimore by 3
Miami by 6
L.A. Rams by 10
New Orleans by 8 <-- lock
Kansas City by 9 <-- lock
Arizona by 3
L.A. Chargers by 7
Cincinnati by 4
New England by 4
Philadelphia by 9
Seattle by 3

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 10 *lock*, rest later...

posted by MeatSaber at 06:46 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:21 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Just a quick one for tonight.

Pittsburgh by 11.

Ta ta for now.

posted by Howard_T at 06:04 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 10 - LOCK
Jacksonville by 11 - LOCK
Detroit by 6
Green Bay by 3
Miami by 3
L.A. Rams by 7
New Orleans by 6- LOCK
Kansas City by 13 - LOCK
Houston by 3
L.A. Chargers by 3
Denver by 3
New England by 8 - LOCK
Philadelphia by 7 - LOCK
Seattle by 6

posted by tron7 at 05:53 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 5

posted by NoMich at 05:49 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Tennessee at Pittsburgh on NBC (Thursday) PIT by 7
Jacksonville at Cleveland on CBS (Sunday) JAX by 9
Detroit at Chicago on Fox (Sunday) DET by 4
Baltimore at Green Bay on CBS (Sunday) BAL by 11
Tampa Bay at Miami on Fox (Sunday) MIA by 3
L.A. Rams at Minnesota on Fox (Sunday) MIN by 2
Washington at New Orleans on Fox (Sunday) NO by 7 LOCK
Kansas City at N.Y. Giants on CBS (Sunday) KC by 17 LOCK
Arizona at Houston on Fox (Sunday) HOU by 3
Buffalo at L.A. Chargers on Fox (Sunday) LAC by 11
Cincinnati at Denver on CBS (Sunday) DEN by 3
New England at Oakland on CBS (Sunday) NE by 9
Philadelphia at Dallas on NBC (Sunday) PHI by 15
Atlanta at Seattle on ESPN (Monday) SEA by 8

posted by werty at 05:12 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 3 (LOCK)

Jacksonville by 14 (LOCK)

Detroit by 7 (LOCK)

Green Bay by 7 (LOCK)

Miami by 3

L.A.Rams by 3

New Orleans by 17 (LOCK)

Kansas City by 23 (LOCK)

Arizona by 3

L.A.Chargers by 10 (LOCK)

Cincinnati by 10

New England by 21 (LOCK)

Philadelphia by 14 (LOCK)

Seattle by 3

posted by ic23b at 05:12 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 5

Jacksonville by 17 LOCK

Detroit by 12

Baltimore by 6

Miami by 3

L.A. Rams by 10

New Orleans by 13

Kansas City by 20 LOCK

Houston by 4

L.A. Chargers by 13 LOCK

Cincinnati by 3

New England by 13

Philadelphia by 10

Seattle by 3

posted by tahoemoj at 04:59 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 7

Jacksonville by 9 LOCK

Detroit by 4 LOCK

Baltimore by 3

Tampa Bay by 3

L.A. Rams by 4

New Orleans by 7 LOCK

Kansas City by 7 LOCK

Houston by 9 LOCK

Buffalo by 6

Cincinnati by 3

Oakland by 4

Philadelphia by 9 LOCK

Seattle by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 04:55 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Tennessee by 3
Jacksonville by 7
Detroit by 9
Green Bay by 3
Miami by 11 LOCK
Minnesota by 4
New Orleans by 10 LOCK
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Arizona by 4
L.A. Chargers by 8 LOCK
Denver by 7
Oakland by 7
Philadelphia by 6
Seattle by 4

posted by bender at 04:52 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 10 over Tennessee
Jacksonville by 14 over Cleveland
Detroit by 4 over Chicago
Green Bay by 6 over Baltimore
Miami by 1 over Tampa Bay
LA Rams by 21 over Minnesota
Washington by 3 over New Orleans
Kansas City by 11 over NYGiants
Arizona by 1 over Houston
Buffalo by 7 over LA Chargers
Denver by 3 over Cincinatti
New England by 7 over Oakland
Dallas by 3 over Philadelphia
Atlanta by 3 over Seattle

posted by moder8 at 04:49 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 6
Jacksonville by 13
Detroit by 9
Baltimore by 7
Tampa Bay by 3
L.A. Rams by 10
New Orleans by 13
Kansas City by 17

Arizona by 3
Buffalo by 3
Cincinnati by 6
New England by 10
Philadelphia by 14

Atlanta by 3

posted by grum@work at 04:37 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Jags suffocate the Browns. Jacksonville by 14 (lock)

Lions actually might be pretty good. Detroit by 13 (lock)

Ravens still have their QB1. Baltimore by 12

Am I really picking the Dolphins to win a game with Cutler? Yes, yes I am. Miami by 4

The Vikings have looked like a playoff team with Case. Unlikely, but true. Minnesota by 10

The Saints will run the ball all over this defense. New Orleans by 17 (lock)

It's the Chiefs. Kansas City by 21 (lock)

Tom Savage finally gets a win. Houston by 3

First Buffalo traded away their defensive lynchpin, now they're benching their QB. L.A. Chargers by 7 (lock)

Bengals don't bungle this one. Cincinnati by 8

They've had a week off to plan for this one, and the NE defense is very ehh. Oakland by 11 (lock)

Best game of the week, but it'll be closer if Smith plays. Philadelphia by 7 (lock)

Dirty Birds trump Broken Birds. Atlanta by 3 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:30 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 10

posted by rumple at 04:28 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK

posted by truthhurts at 04:25 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Titans by 4 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:12 PM on November 16

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

Golden State by 10 (slam)
Houston by 17 (slam)
San Antonio by 6
New Orleans by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:11 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 17

posted by tommytrump at 03:08 PM on November 16

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

As a nod to the Lanterne Rouge, they can call it the Lanterne D'Or and design a trophy accordingly.

Which reminds me - I've seen worse looking trophies than the WC trophy, but the damn thing still looks like something that was done in 4th grade ceramics class when the clay started to stiffen up and then sprayed with aerosol paint. You can buy knickknacks like that for short money out on the boulevard.

posted by beaverboard at 11:50 AM on November 16

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

You mean like this?

posted by owlhouse at 05:01 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

NFL Pick 'em. Thursday night game. Pittsburgh by 3.

posted by jagsnumberone at 03:11 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley has written this tribute to Bobby Doerr, former Red Sox 2nd baseman, who passed away Monday at age 99. Buckley points out how Doerr was the last of an era in baseball, and was involved in games with baseball greats who had actually been active in the 19th century. Another connection is Doerr's influence on a noted Boston sports figure from an entirely different sport. A bit of a long read, but if your interests include some baseball history, it is worth the several minutes.

posted by Howard_T at 11:07 PM on November 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

Cleveland by 5
L.A. Lakers by 8
Boston by 6
SLAM Houston by 11 SLAM
San Antonio by 4
New Orleans by 3

posted by bender at 08:51 PM on November 15

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

I think this is an attempt to find some of the revenue lost when the USMNT failed to qualify. FS1 announcers were kind of giddy about the notion last night, as you'd expect from the network with the misfortune to have paid top dollar for a Cup a big chunk of American fans will likely skip.

posted by rcade at 07:34 PM on November 15