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NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Home Stretch Edition

Now for part 2 of the picks.

Saturday, Mar 17:

Washington by 6
Minnesota by 8

Sunday, Mar 18:

Houston by 14
Portland by 3

Monday, Mar 19:

Cleveland by 9
Golden State by 15 SLAM

Pardon me for shouting. It seems to be the thing to do

posted by Howard_T at 01:14 PM on March 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Home Stretch Edition

I'm still on an adrenaline rush from the Celtics vs Wizards game Wednesday night. I upgraded our seats from the balcony to a spot 4 rows back from the floor almost to the baseline opposite the Wizards bench. It's amazing how much contact off the ball that never gets called. Never let anyone tell you that basketball is a non-contacy sport.

Have to do the picks in 2 parts. Much to do this afternoon.

Oklahoma City by 5

Los Angeles (formerly of Minneapolis variety) by 11.

Tata for now.

posted by Howard_T at 03:09 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A starting lineup of Who He and 4 other guys, and now we're in overtime. What would have thought?

posted by Howard_T at 10:37 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm going to the Celtics game tonight, that is if I can find my truck underneath the latest 18 or so inches of snow. Who will be in the lineup will be the topic of discussion among our group in Section 316. I'm probably wrong about this, but it seems that there are more injuries to the top level NBA players this year than usual.

posted by Howard_T at 12:11 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

cannot be unseen

Why do I have visions of one of these being wheeled in a stroller around the children's clothing department of the local Walmart. What would be the over/under on police response time?

posted by Howard_T at 09:19 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Wait a minute. Who's this Wolf Boy guy? Does WWE have a future superstar? Let's not be hasty here

posted by Howard_T at 01:13 PM on March 09

Roger Bannister has Passed Away

upstart colonist tabloid

beaverboard, I do believe we might find a spot of tea in Boston Harbor. My Dad's ancestors were evacuated from New York to Nova Scotia in 1783. Loyalists (Tories) all the way. My fault to miss the knighthood; I should have known better.

posted by Howard_T at 08:06 PM on March 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Smith was asked, "would you pass the soup please?" He replied that LeBron is always yelling at him to pass, so he was tired of it. He elected to take a shot with the soup and hit the coach. The trouble really began when he accused the coach of goaltending.

posted by Howard_T at 11:11 AM on March 04

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Send In The Tanks Edition

We're home from the game, so I will finish up the picks. Celtics vs Hornets was into garbage time by the midway point of the 3rd quarter. Celtics looked much sharper with the ball than before the all-star break. The defense allowed way too much in the paint in the first half, but they tightened it up greatly in the second half. A little rest has gone a long way.

Now the rest of the picks.

Thursday, Mar 1:

Cleveland by 6

Minnesota by 4

Friday, Mar 2:

Toronto by 8

Minnesota by 9 SLAM

Saturday, Mar 3:

Houston by 11

Sunday, Mar 4:

Philadelphia by 7

posted by Howard_T at 11:20 PM on February 28

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Send In The Tanks Edition

These picks are coming to you from the TD Garden in Boston, where tonight the Boston Celtics host the Charlotte Hornets. OK, that's enough of my Johnny Most impression, here's the picks.

Wednesday, Feb 28:

Golden State by 9

Houston by 11

More to follow. It's almost time for The National Anthem.

posted by Howard_T at 07:26 PM on February 28

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt

I have to agree with what LeBron has said and what has been written above. The NCAA and the colleges are making a fortune off of athletics, and few of the players receive any real benefit. Pardon the possible racial taint to the following, but I look at it as a huge and profitable plantation. The players are the field hands, and they labor on with their only hope of reward being able to play at the professional level some day. True, there are some who profess to play for the love of the sport, but most of these are people who have good prospects for a career in the "real" world.

The thing that bothers me most is the refusal of the NCAA to allow even a small stipend to be paid to collegiate athletes. Consider a young person who comes from a situation in the lower socio-economic bracket. Basketball may be have the greatest percentage of players in this situation. Take a youngster with a single mom who is marginally employed. This kid is probably working at least part time in order to help his family survive. For him to go off to college to play basketball will put pretty sizeable dent into the family finances. Now along come the scouts, or whatever you call them, who are making some pretty big offers under the table. It would take an awful lot of spine for this kid to resist. Yet until the NCAA starts to understand the real world, the corruption will continue.

posted by Howard_T at 02:28 PM on February 28

The 2018 Winter Olympics are over and Norway won

I didn't make a conscious effort to avoid the Olympics this year, but my wife and I watched very few of the events. I think the problem was NBC's broadcasting decisions. It seemed that whenever an event we might otherwise would have watched was on, another event, such as NBA basketball or NHL hockey was on. The only thing I watched in its entirety was the women's ice hockey gold medal game. That one was well worth the time, but watching cross country skiing and some of the other more arcane things just didn't appeal to us. I do regret missing the Curling; it must have been quite something.

posted by Howard_T at 07:28 PM on February 26

MLB Execs Consider Wild 9th-Inning Batting Rule

I cannot write the words that are coming out of my mouth as I contemplate what might be the stupidest idea yet for shortening baseball games. Like anything else, the more you screw with things, the more screwed up they get.

I have heard the local talking heads go on and on about the length of the game. The problem has become twofold. First, the broadcasters, mainly TV, insist on more commercial time. I understand, they have to make money, but cutting the time between half-innings would shorten things immediately. The between half-innings was increased in the not very distant past. Let's go back.

The next problem is the way hitters on some teams approach the game. No longer do they swing away at the first decent pitch. Now the standard approach is to take pitch after pitch, hoping for a mistake or trying to wear down the starter so you can get into the bullpen sooner. When pitchers start throwing strikes early in the count, and force the hitters to swing the bat, games will get shorter. The one idea I have heard that makes sense is for umpires to widen the strike zone slightly. Make it a half a ball width wider on each side of the plate, and the hitters will very quickly learn to swing the bat.

posted by Howard_T at 12:04 PM on February 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

We've had some time to plot our moves for the stretch run. I thought I might have something going last time out, but it all went downhill fast. Here we go.

Thursday, Feb 22:

Cavaliers have had some time to work together, they're at home, but Wizards are a capable bunch. Cleveland by 9.

Golden State by 8.

Friday, Feb 23:

Houston by 14 SLAM

Lakers will say "Tanks a lot", and Mark Cuban will cringe. Los Angeles (purple and gold variety) by 7 SLAM

Saturday, Feb 24:

Two teams playing somewhat below optimal performance level. Golden State by 5

Sunday, Feb 25:

Cleveland by 13 SLAM

76ers have played well of late, but not here. Washington by 10.

posted by Howard_T at 06:05 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I too believe that the shootout was conceived by an anti-hockey satanic being to ruin the game. It was cleverly designed as a way to avoid the dreaded tie and to save us from being forced to watch through 3 or 4 overtime periods. We true hockey believers consider that being forced to watch overtime after overtime the equivalent of listening to an inspiring and uplifting 4-hour sermon at church. It might take a while, but we will be much better for it.

Now, about last night's, or should I say this morning's proceedings. For 2 1/2 periods I was sure that Canada would take the gold. They were playing harder, were better organized, and seemed to want it more. The latter half of the 3rd period and most of the overtime was a different story. The shootout put an end to what was up to that point an exciting and skillfully played hockey game. Of course, without the shootout they might yet be playing; the two teams were that closely matched. Ending it with a shootout is like pushing Michaelangelo aside and finishing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with a box of Crayola's.

posted by Howard_T at 10:31 AM on February 22

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

6 visits per game seems a bit excessive. The high school rule is 2 visits per pitcher; on the third visit, you must change pitchers. You get another 2 visits after that. It has been a long time since I have seen the catcher come out about 2 or 3 steps in front of the plate to yell some encouragement (or epithets) at the pitcher. Perhaps this rule will bring that back. The rule was that a pitcher was allowed 8 warm up throws on his first entry into the game and 5 before starting a new inning. All warm up throws were to be completed in one minute. Now that there's longer between innings there's no reason a pitcher cannot be ready. These new rules won't do much to speed up the game. Cut the time between innings to one minute, and you immediately cut over 15 minutes from the game.

posted by Howard_T at 03:42 PM on February 20

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

I was doing great until Sunday afternoon. What looked like a tired Celtics team just couldn't keep up with the revamped Cavaliers. It didn't kill me in the standings, but it sure would have been great had it turned out the other way. For the record, I made the pick before the Cleveland Clearance, so there's that bit of consolation. The post-game ceremonies for Paul Pierce more than made up for a bad loss.

Tuesday, Feb 13:

Cavaliers are not as good as they looked on Sunday, but Thunder have not played well lately. Cleveland by 8.

Spurs by 6.

Wednesday, Feb 14:

Celtics need to hold Williams from going nuts and get a few shots to fall late in the game. Boston by 9.

It doesn't matter who holds the clipboard. Golden State by 14 SLAM

Thursday, Feb 15:

Minnesota by 11

posted by Howard_T at 01:57 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

beaverboard, I would be very careful if your wife starts collecting rocks from the garden.

posted by Howard_T at 05:23 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Beaverboard, I have been thinking much the same thing about the possibility of the Patriots luring Garoppolo back from the 49ers. I look for Belichick and Brady to be gone not later than the end of the 2019 season. Belichick will use the time to work with Brian Flores, current Linebackers Coach and heir apparent to Matt Patricia's job as Defensive Coordinator, to bring him up to a higher level of excellence. There was some discussion about Greg Schiano being hired as a sort of consultant/assistant head coach, ultimately taking over for Belichick, but I think that the Kraft's might have scotched that idea.

Goyoucolts, I am unable to feel any sympathy for the Colts. It goes back to 1984 when my wife and I lived in Baltimore. I was a Patriots fan, but I rather liked the Colts for their history, involvement with the city, and the things like the marching band. If I had to root for another team, Baltimore was the one. When the Irsay family packed up the team in the middle of the night and moved them to Indianapolis, I lost all respect for them. I know it's not right to wish ill fortune on anyone, but somehow doing it to the Colts is payback for 1984. I do agree that there is a lack of integrity on McDaniels's part, and he has likely eliminated himself from any consideration for a head coaching position in the future. He has made his bed and now must lie in it.

posted by Howard_T at 10:44 PM on February 07

The search for Jackie Wallace

I finally took the few minutes to read this, and I came away with a great sense of sadness. Jackie Wallace's story is too familiar to me; not that I had ever heard of him, but I have known a few others who fought the same demons. A number of them have been able to hang on to their lives, but a few were not. It took a totaled pick up truck and serious internal injuries to wake up my nephew, but he has been sober for nearly 40 years. I thank God for his success, as I do for the success of my wife's cousin. He overcame a lifestyle that exists only in the dregs of society, and he has been sober for over 30 years. Not too long ago I lost a friend and co-worker. He was one of our "gang" of hard workers and hard partiers. The partying took over, and he ended it with a gun to his head. Don't ever think it's easy to get past an addiction. It is always lurking there waiting for the smallest opportunity. Pray for the Jackie Wallace's of this world.

posted by Howard_T at 10:06 PM on February 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

This thing is getting tighter than the shorts on the Celtics Dancers. If Oklahoma City had kept to form, I would be in first place. It doesn't take much to move the standings.

Wednesday, Feb 7:

Cavaliers are sick of being embarrassed. Cleveland by 9.

San Antonio by 13. SLAM

Thursday, Feb 8:

Celtics were badly outplayed on Tuesday in Toronto. Wizards are another tough matchup. Boston by 6.

Thunder should beat Lakers, but they failed me twice last week. This time for sure, Rocky. Oklahoma City by 8.

Friday, Feb 9:

Bradley and Griffin vs their old mates. Detroit by 11.

Minnesota by 7.

Saturday, Feb 10:

Golden State by 14 SLAM

Sunday, Feb 11:

The game will be a good one, but it's after the game that will be a special day. Paul Pierce's number 34 goes to the rafters, and my wife and I will be there for it. Boston by 12. SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 01:47 PM on February 07

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

I'm sitting here grumbling about the cruelty of fate. Mostly I'm grumbling about the idiot talking heads who obviously know so much more about football than Bill Belichick. Congratulations to the Eagles on their Super Bowl win. They earned it. More congratulations to tahoemoj on his impressive run to the pick' em title. Photographic evidence must be shown that you actually wore those pants. Most importantly, thanks to you, rcade, for running another great and fun pick 'em.

posted by Howard_T at 08:30 PM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

There's a game tomorrow? I thought this football thing was done for the year. Hockey is getting interesting, basketball is getting into the meaningful part of the season, and pitchers and catchers report in just a couple of weeks. Who needs football? Well, ok, I'll play along for one more time in hope of collecting the lovely parting gifts.

New England by 17 LOCK -10

First field goal: Gostkowski, NEP

First touchdown: White, NEP

Most yards, passing: Brady, NEP +5

Most yards, rushing: Ajayi, PHI

Most yards, receiving: Hogan, NEP

Player with a sack: Trey Flowers, NEP

Player with an interception: Harmon, NEP +5

Player with a turnover: Foles, PHI +5

Game MVP: Brady, NEP

SpoFites prognostication champion: tahoemoj (Don't let me down, boy. I need all the points I can get.) +5

posted by Howard_T at 01:57 PM on February 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Devin Booker Might Be Good Edition

My stinking fat fingers have caused me to have to type this twice. Good week last week, so I would like to keep it going. Good games to pick this week. Here goes.

Wednesday, Jan 31

Boston by 9
Phoenix by 6

Thursday, Feb 1

Houston by 8
Oklahoma City by 8

Friday, Feb 2

Miami by 3
Golden State by 16 SLAM

Saturday, Feb 3

Houston by 5

Sunday, Feb 4

Oklahoma City by 17 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 06:47 PM on January 31

Boston Sports Host Insults Brady's 5-Year-Old Kid

Brady says he hopes the guy won't be fired. This is a very charitable attitude. Meanwhile, has anyone asked Giselle her opinion? If she is a typical mom, she probably would like the suspension served in some sort of medieval torture chamber.

posted by Howard_T at 07:43 PM on January 30

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

Not sure why the Chief can't be done away with right now.

It is all about the size of his Social Security check. Late retirement means a larger monthly check. Of course, if he makes too much money on merchandise sales, the amount of tax liability will be greater. Retirement makes one face some tough decisions.

posted by Howard_T at 09:16 PM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

good fences make good neighbors

That was the retort from the narrator's neighbor as they did the annual walking of their property line and mended the stone wall. Frost wasn't buying that idea.

My fence problem is that the guy who disposes of my questionably obtained merchandise has increased the percentage he wants for the service. Definitely not a good fence, but useful nonetheless.

posted by Howard_T at 06:54 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

Robert Frost, "Mending Walls"

posted by Howard_T at 02:00 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Comment deleted and moved to the correct conversation. Please pardon the error. Meantime, I will be busy writing an essay on why Sports Filter is suddenly a magnet for sneaky advertising.

posted by Howard_T at 01:55 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Patriots have wisely chosen to wear their road white uniforms

The whites have been referred to as the"Bird Killers". In them the Patriots have won the Lombardi Trophy over the Falcons, Eagles, and Seahawks. Now they get another chance at the Eagles. Philadelphia looks terrible in green, but at least in SB XXXIX the green helped to partly hide Donovan McNabb puking on the field.

posted by Howard_T at 04:12 PM on January 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: 40/20/10 Edition

Much like my beloved Celtics, I have had a very bad week. It's a long season, so there's still time. Here we go.

Tuesday, Jan 23:
San Antonio by 7

Boston by 11

Wednesday, Jan 24:
Houston by 14 SLAM

Boston by 3

Thursday, Jan 25:
Oklahoma City by 9

Golden State by 13 SLAM

Friday, Jan 26:
New Orleans by 17 SLAM

Saturday, Jan 27:
Golden State by 8 SLAM

Sunday, Jan 28
Oklahoma City by 9

posted by Howard_T at 04:59 PM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

By any standard I believe I might have a perfect pick'em going. Perfectly mediocre, that is. It's neither a great success nor a great disaster. The ho-hum factor is high. On with the picks.

New England by 6 LOCK

Philadelphia by 7 LOCK

Passing: Brady, NEP

Rushing: Lewis, NEP

Receiving: Amendola, NEP

Sack: VanNoy, NEP

Scoring: Philadelphia

By the way, You have given me credit for picking Marquis Flowers for getting a sack. This is incorrect; I picked Trey Flowers. This makes absolutely no difference, since each got a sack. It's just that my conscience could not allow me to take anything unearned.

posted by Howard_T at 08:31 PM on January 20

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Jo Jo Edition

OK, now that the pressure is off, here's the rest of the story. I missed the first game because I was out removing about 4 inches of snow from the driveway and sidewalk. In looking at the standings, I realize that had I not"slammed" three of the games that I did, I would have been within a few points of first place. Turnovers will kill you in this game.

Now for the rest of the picks:

Thursday, Jan 18

J J Reddick is out for a while. He's been the reliable perimeter scorer for the 76ers. Boston by 14. SLAM

T-Wolves seem to be getting better, while Rockets are going the other way a bit. Minnesota by 8.

Friday, Jan 19

Wizards underachieve some while Pistons play hard. Detroit by 9.

Jazz play a nice tune, and it's not New York, New York. Utah by 15 SLAM

Saturday, Jan 20

Cavaliers decide to play for real once. Cleveland by 6.

Warriors are mostly healthy and are beginning to look unbeatable. Golden State by 11. SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 10:50 PM on January 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Jo Jo Edition

Real quick, to beat the tap off:

LA Clippers by 12.

More to come.

posted by Howard_T at 10:27 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I remember a game I was fortunate to see in "The Fabulous Forum" in which the Celtics defeated the hated Lakers. (Sorry about the cheerleading; it's a Boston thing.) It was in the latter days of 1972. Jo Jo White and Dave Cowens put on a show for the LA fans, and Cowens in particular was effective in his mid-range jump shot. This pulled the Lakers height out of the paint, and left White with open lanes to the hoop.

I was out of the US for most of White's time with Boston, but I still remember him. The number 10 deserves its place above the TD Garden court.

posted by Howard_T at 02:51 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

There must be a big game coming up in Heaven; Keith Jackson will be there.

Whoa Nelly

posted by Howard_T at 12:49 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When I go to the Celtics games, I will frequently watch Smart both on offense and defense for a few possessions. On offense he is fairly conventional, although he works hard to get open. On defense he is a giant pain in the ass. Even when he winds up on a "big" he will not back off, and some of the wrestling is almost of WWE quality. His work with the kids with cancer has been underreported. It is one of the things that athletes in Boston and elsewhere do very well, but the Celtics and Bruins players seem to be quiet about it.

posted by Howard_T at 06:23 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

2000 teach you nothing

Who is Chad, and why did they hang him?

posted by Howard_T at 06:13 PM on January 12

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

How the wild card games could go so completely against form is beyond me. The bigger mystery is how I have avoided the Costanza position. Undaunted we soldier on.

Atlanta by 6 LOCK

New England by 17 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 3

Minnesota by 9 LOCK

Passer: Brady, NEP

Rusher: Bell, PIT

Receiver: Gronkowski, NEP

Sacker: T. Flowers, NEP +5

Scorers: New England

posted by Howard_T at 06:10 PM on January 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: 10 Count 'Em 10 Games Edition

OK, now that you know my dirty little secrets, here are my picks.

Wednesday, Jan 10:
Minnesota by 4
Golden State by 11 SLAM

Thursday, Jan 11:
Toronto by 5
Los Angeles (Purple) by 3

Friday, Jan 12:
Golden State by 10 SLAM
Houston by 14 SLAM

Sunday, Jan 13:
Minnesota by 13 SLAM

Monday, Jan 14:
Memphis by 5
Golden State by 8
Houston by 8 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 05:31 PM on January 10

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: 10 Count 'Em 10 Games Edition

As a public service, here are the NBA Power Rankings as of 1 January. The rankings are based on 4 statistics:

Pace Possessions per 48 minutes (League Rank)

Off Rtg Points scored per 100 possessions (League Rank)

Def Rtg Points allowed per 100 possessions (League Rank)

Net Rtg Point differential per 100 possessions (League Rank)

I will list the teams playing this week in order of their standing.

Team Position Pace OffRtg DefRtg NetRtg

GSW 1 102.3 (5) 112.8 (2) 101.6 (2) +11.2 (1)
TOR 3 100.6 (10) 109.9 (5) 102.3 (5) +7.6 (3)
HOU 4 101.4 (8) 113.0 (1) 104.8 (12) +8.2 (2)
SAS 5 96.4 (29) 105.1 (13) 101.6 (3) +3.4 (5)
CLE 6 98.6 (19) 111.2 (3) 108.7 (28) +2.5 (7)
MIL 7 97.7 (22) 107.6 (8) 106.8 (21) +0.7 (12)
MIN 9 97.8 (20) 110.1 (4) 107.6 (24) +2.5 (6)
OKC 10 97.4 (24) 104.7 (14) 102.3 (6) +2.4 (8)
POR 16 98.8 (16) 102.1 (27) 102.0 (4) +0.1 (17)
LAC 18 99.2 (14) 106.3 (10) 106.0 (16) +0.2 (15)
PHO 25 103.0 (3) 102.5 (26) 108.7 (29) -6.2 (28)
LAL 26 103.9 (1) 101.5 (28) 105.1 (15) -3.6 (25)
MEM 27 95.6 (30) 103.1 (23) 106.4 (17) -3.3 (24)

The weekly rankings are available on

posted by Howard_T at 05:19 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Saban and Belichick are good friends.

With the current speculation about the relationship between BB, Brady, and Robert Kraft, and the possibility of Belichick moving on, it would not greatly surprise me to see Saban as the next HC of the NEP.

posted by Howard_T at 01:09 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

One thing I have read posits several possibilities for the color commentator job. Among them are Bruce Arians, Ron Jaworski, Jay Cutler, and Larry Fitzgerald. Arians is retiring from coaching; althoigh they laid him off, Jaworski is still under contract to ESPN; and the other two would need to retire from playing. Cutler had agreed to work for Fox before he came out of retirement to QB at Miami, and he might still be under contract there. One possibility was mentioned who, if selected, would cause me and I'm fairly sure many other fans never to watch Monday Night Football ever again. Can you imagine Peyton Manning on MNF? Listening to him for play after play and then having to endure him on pizza or insurance commercials in between plays would cause much nausea.

posted by Howard_T at 02:49 PM on January 07

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

If "Thirty Days in the Hole" means those who locked KC cannot comment on SpoFi for the next month, the traffic will consist of Bender talking to himself.

posted by Howard_T at 11:18 PM on January 06

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Tennessee 22, Kansas City 21: Thank you for playing along, and here are some lovely parting gifts.

Oh man I really wanted those pants.

posted by Howard_T at 08:45 PM on January 06

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

I just got home from the Celtics vs T-Wolves game. Tight game until a little Celtics run in the 4th quarter. Very enjoyable, but now we have to shift our focus from roundball to pointy ball.

Kansas City by 16 LOCK

Los Angeles (National Conference) by 13 LOCK

Jacksonville by 10 LOCK

New Orleans by 9

Man with the golden arm (passing yards): Breese NO +5

Man with winged feet (rushing leader): Gurley LAR

Man with stickiest fingers (receiving yardage): Thomas NO

Thief of Baghdad (interception): Bouye JAX

Scoreboard lighters (most points): New Orleans +5

posted by Howard_T at 11:44 PM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

Way to go, tron, I think we were in "garbage time" for the final couple of weeks. Thanks to you too, rcade, for running this. Pick 'ems are always fun.

posted by Howard_T at 10:19 PM on January 04

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

The snow blower is gassed up, we have enough bread and milk, oil tank is half full, and the chances are that school will be cancelled. That means that my wife won't have to go to work, and since our one and only brat has long since moved out, all we need to do is to lay low until it stops. The truck has 4-wheel drive and a high road clearance. As fatty and beaverboard well know, winter is just a state of mind and a minor annoyance here in New England.

posted by Howard_T at 03:33 PM on January 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Auld Acquaintance Edition

My son and I will be at the Cavaliers vs Celtics on Wednesday. Too bad Isaiah won't play, but Cavs are still imposing. Should be a fun game.


No IT for Cavs, and their defense is not good. Celtics can score with them and have a good perimeter D. Boston by 4

Lakers will be short handed. They might have to play the game without a Ball. Oklahoma City by 16 SLAM


The bearded one is out for a couple of weeks, but Chris Paul is back. Not enough. Golden State by 11 SLAM

Clippers just don't seem to have it together this year. Oklahoma City by 8


T-Wolves length is hard for Celtics to handle, but the Boston wing players can make up for it. Boston by 9

Grizzlies have very little going for them this season. Grit and Grind are gone. Washington by 13

posted by Howard_T at 10:59 PM on January 02

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

In the seemingly unlikely event that Bills defeat Jacksonville their next stop would be Foxborough. This would appear to be a mismatch, Patriots having beaten Bills twice this season, but the conventional thinking is that it is very difficult to pull off the triple. I think I would rather face any other of the wild card teams if I were Patriots.

posted by Howard_T at 02:30 PM on January 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

Much to contemplate for this week's schedule. As truthhurts has ably pointed out, will anyone be tanking, players being rested? Why do you make life so hard for us pickers, NFL?

Minnesota by 10 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 16 LOCK

Philadelphia by 9 LOCK

Predicted weather at Foxborough: 13 F, 15 mph winds. Patriots have an unbelievably good record in the cold. New England by 7 LOCK

Detroit by 6

Washington by 8

What happens when 2 train wrecks collide? Indianapolis by 9

Just how good is Jimmy G.? Los Angeles (National Conference) by 10

Baltimore by 13 LOCK

Buffalo by 4

Seattle by 8

Kansas City by 3

Tennessee by 6

Carolina by 3

Los Angeles (American Conference) by 14 LOCK

New Orleans by 12 LOCK

posted by Howard_T at 12:51 PM on December 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: City Edition Edition

I was at the Celtics game tonight, posted the pick literally as the ball was leaving the referee's hand for the opening tip. After that, I wrote out the rest of the picks and thought I had posted them. Evidently I must have missed hitting the Post Comment button. Oh well, so I lose out on Philadelphia at Portland. Here are the remaining picks.

Friday: Houston by 14 SLAM

Philadelphia by 9

A couple of unusual things at TD Garden tonight. First of all, James Harden was suckered into a couple of silly fouls on Marcus Smart in the last few seconds of the game. It essentially handed Boston the game. Second, there were only 2 referees working the game. I never heard a reason, but it really looked like a throwback game.

posted by Howard_T at 12:51 AM on December 29

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: City Edition Edition

Houston by 12

posted by Howard_T at 08:15 PM on December 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Another one is gone whom I remember from the time when I first began to follow hockey. RIP.

posted by Howard_T at 11:00 PM on December 26

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

To all of my fellow SpoFites, may this day that celebrates the birth of Our Lord and Savior find you in good health, prosperity, joy and peace. I wish all of you the merriest of Christmases. May your day be filled with highlight plays, tense games, and fair play. Let the spirit of sportsmanship prevail among us.

posted by Howard_T at 12:38 PM on December 25

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Gene Steratore's Index Card Edition

For the past two days I have been sick as a dog, can't hold food down, chills and fever, no energy, and it looks like I will have to get out and run the snow blower tonight before a hockey game breaks out in my driveway. Nonetheless, I will soldier on with my picks. I hope this will not spread the germs that have laid me low.

Baltimore by 16 LOCK

Minnesota by 10 LOCK

New England by 21 LOCK

Washington by 6

Chicago by 4

Carolina by 14 LOCK

Los Angeles (American Conference) by 3

Kansas City by 6

New Orleans by 8

Detroit by 7

Los Angeles (National Conference) by 10 LOCK

San Francisco by 3

Arizona by 9

Dallas by 13

Pittsburgh by 16 LOCK

Philadelphia by 6

posted by Howard_T at 03:55 PM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If there ever is a Mount Rushmore of sports announcers, Dick Enberg would occupy the central and most prominent place. He did all things well. I particularly enjoyed listening to him when he broadcast the major tennis tournaments. I would actually get up early on the weekends just to hear him doing "Breakfast at Wimbledon".

posted by Howard_T at 02:26 PM on December 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: I Wish It Was Christmas Today Edition

Whenever the Celtics play on TV on Christmas, there's a large family fight at my wife's stepmother's place. My son and I want to watch the game, while the younger neices and nephews want to watch almost anything else. Small bribes usually swing the decision to us, but the kids are getting older and smarter.

For the picks:

After a tough loss last night, Celtics will be ready to play hard. Boston by 8

Jazz are missing some key pieces, while Spurs seem to improve with each game. San Antonio by 12

Hardin scored 51 the other night, and Houston still lost. Neither event is likely on Friday. Houston by 13 SLAM

Lakers pulled off a bit of an upset, but aren't likely to do so on Friday. Golden State by 9

Philly fans once booed Santa, but playing the Knicks is a nice present. Philadelphia by 7

Cavaliers vs Warriors is the premier game of the day for sure. Tough to call if Curry doesn't play. Golden State by 4

Wizards and Celtics present a clash of excellent backcourts. Celtics will prevail on their forwards strength. Boston by 11

The penultimate game on Christmas is a good Western Conference battle. OKC seems to be settling into a team, but Houston is tough. Houston by 9

T'wolves and Lakers close out a busy NBA day. Minnesota by 5

posted by Howard_T at 03:15 PM on December 21

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posted by Howard_T at 12:23 PM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Pats currently in discussions to take half of Stephon Gilmore's absence-of-wisdom overpay and tender it to Gronkowski.

The Patriots' last scoring drive, featuring passes of 26, 26, and 17 yards plus a 2-point conversion reception, was worth a cool 2 million bucks to the receiver of those passes. Gronk passed the numbers required for some of his bonuses to kick in. What went almost unnoticed was Gronk's block on a 300 pound defensive lineman that helped Dion Lewis reach the end zone for the last touchdown.

You can bet that Pittsburgh will be all over the Rules Committee about the catch rules.

posted by Howard_T at 04:45 PM on December 18