Recent Comments by cixelsyd

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I see an environment that gives far more attention to negative stories about athletes than positive ones

Dead on.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The lack of true high profile role models in sports over the last few decades is alarming. Amen for athletes like Russell Wilson who realize how fortunate they are and understand the importance of being a role model to our youth.

Winston, Peterson, Rice, and all the rest feel their only responsibility is on the field and perhaps sporting nice tattoos and "bigger than you" diamond jewelry. Just like young stars before them did.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:09 PM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 3

Calgary by 17

Saskatchewan by 17

posted by cixelsyd at 12:35 PM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Edmonton by 17

Calgary by 14

Winnipeg by 4

Saskatchewan by 8

posted by cixelsyd at 04:05 PM on September 11

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

I didn't even know they slashed tickets for the 2013. I assumed they were still gouging fans.

Average ticket prices last year were 17% lower in Toronto than in Buffalo.

One needs to reason that failure to sellout the 1 single game a year is an indication of the lack of interest. And it's not just the NFL. Anything other than Hockey draws poorly.

6 million people and less than 40K will buy bargain tickets for an NFL game.
Doesn't work.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:48 AM on September 10

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

Don't know what the fuss about Toronto and the NFL is about. Does the NFL really want to put a team into a non-football city?

A single game every year that doesn't conflict with NHL regular season or exhibition can't even garner 40K attendance in Toronto, even with cheaper ticket prices than Buffalo and hundreds of freebies.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:17 PM on September 09

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

If anyone associated with the Ravens saw the elevator video before that tweet they also ought to be suspended from the NFL indefinitely.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:36 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

$

... all that really matters. Be it NFL, NCAA, ...

One would have to think the NFL, Rice, and the Ravens "people" went to great lengths ensuring this video was never released.

Whoever did release the video is no doubt sitting on a pile of TMZ cash today. Have to wonder whether it was worth it having messed with one of Ray Lewis' crew, however. People who do so have limited life expectancy.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:13 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

versus a solid Packers team

Packers are solid offensively but average or below average elsewhere, especially defensively and along the lines. Seattle owned the line play and the Packers blew the first 2 or 3 tackle opportunities on nearly every play defensively.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:21 PM on September 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Geno Auriemma hit with a secondary violation for calling 13-year-old Mo'ne Davis and congratulating her on being awesome.

Yes, because Geno passing congrats to a young athlete is far more damaging to college sports than it's flagship universities whose students don't actually attend classes, get unsecured interest free loans, or are involved in criminal complaints.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 AM on September 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

BC by 10

Edmonton by 7

Montreal by 3

Winnipeg by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 08:34 PM on September 04

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

No save button, fooled me also (although that doesn't take much).
If you look at the info for the page it mentions picks are automatically frozen at a certain time before the game commences ... auto-submission, I assume.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 AM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What does Yahoo have up it's sleeve for this year's pool registrants ... mandatory DNA sample submissions?

posted by cixelsyd at 03:19 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 7

Saskatchewan by 7

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 12:37 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Watched Florida get handled by a clearly inferior Louisville squad 2 years ago (Teddy B aside). My observation was that the Gators appeared more focused on style and status than football. Coaching is an issue ...

posted by cixelsyd at 10:41 PM on August 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Winnipeg by 7

Edmonton by 10

Calgary by 14

BC by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 11:29 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Winnipeg by 5

Edmonton by 21

Calgary by 10

Sask by 10

BC by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 03:32 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yeah, Chad is going to change his name to simply "Quatre".

French for the number 4 and equal to the number of catches he's had in his first 5 games in the CFL.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:09 PM on August 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Bennett is a young big who, like all talented young bigs of current generation, spend a year in college and come into the NBA completely unprepared. Don't count him out yet, he has size and athleticism. His position takes a lot longer to master than others.

Morrison played 3 years in college and posted gaudy numbers in a bad conference inflating his value. Non-athletic skinny guys who can do nothing else but shoot are a bad gamble.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:56 PM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Compare him to Drew Brees' first 3 year regular season totals

Drew Brees didn't win a playoff game until his 6th season in the NFL. Dalton is entering his 4th. Dalton is a completely different QB than Brees but don't write him off yet.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:44 PM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Winnipeg by 3

Edmonton by 27

BC by 10

Calgary by 27

posted by cixelsyd at 09:24 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tigers and Orioles know this is their best chance for success. Sox have entered the rebuilding process, Yankees have to deal with the Jeter fair well tour then shed a bunch of older talent somehow next year, and the normally steady Rays have hit a blip. American League is up for grabs for the first time in a decade.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 PM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Winnipeg by 10

Toronto by 10

Calgary by 4

Saskatchewan by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 10:02 AM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

To me, this greatly ramps UP the pressure on you to perform as the Head Coach

Hope the Lakers plan on giving Scott a fair chance. No way the Lakers are competitive until they rid themselves of much of their aging overpaid roster.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:27 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Why did you go?

My kid and a friend were going and I had to drive them. Our stadium is built in an area that takes about an hour to get in and out of so simply dropping them off wasn't an option. Being that there were lots of tickets unsold they were being blown out for $18 plus fees and I figured it was the best bet; I also have a wide ranging taste in music and enjoy most any live performance.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:57 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

WATCH OUT FOR THE GRAND FUNK REUNION!

Having just witnessed a Beyonce Jay-Z "concert" last night I say amen to the FUNK reunion.

Pretty good gig those 2 have getting folks to shell out money to watch them perform karaoke (concert implies music, music implies musicians in my books).

Come to think of it the cutoff jean shorts and jack-shirts were out in full force and low quality tattoos particularly on the back of the neck are clearly also in vogue. Personal attire was greatly overshadowed by 40 "songs" with every single chorus containing the words "slap" "motherfucking" "bitch" "money" "shit" "crack" "murder" "hoes" arranged ?creatively.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Watching the CFL game last night and thinking the Eskimos are a championship caliber team with only 2 weaknesses: head coaching and special teams play.

A called fake punt end-around on 3rd and 9 from your own 6 yard line with 50 seconds left in the half? That kind of shit has only ever worked in video games.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:37 PM on July 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Are you suggesting that political concerns will trump the desire to play in the World Cup for some players?

Personal safety concerns . I suppose these do evolve from the current political mess.

Do players professional teams have the right to prohibit a player from World Cup competition?

posted by cixelsyd at 01:28 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

He is leaving international competition at the top of his game. Also the first of many who will express no intention to participate in Russia.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:39 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Edmonton by 10

BC by 10

Ottawa by 3

Saskatchewan by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 09:27 PM on July 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What are they Espys?

posted by cixelsyd at 09:51 PM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Edmonton by 7

Toronto by 7

Calgary by 17

Montreal by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 06:16 PM on July 14

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

LeBron is tired of being the villain and wants to be the hero again

Not possible.

Maybe he can be a hero in Cleveland if he doesn't repeat his previous antics there of consistently blaming his teammates, coaches, and management for failure.

Hopefully any future articles about LeBron are about his excellence on the court. He needs to get over himself and focus on the game. He has proven that he is probably the most talented player the NBA has ever seen. But he does get beat in big moments by players with less talent and a better mindset. That never happened to Jordan. Never happened to Bird or Magic or a long list of others.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:19 PM on July 13

Germany Wins World Cup

What fabulous touch to finish that pass.

Right player at the right place ... pretty certain a striker who played the entire contest doesn't have enough left in the tank to control the ball and make that play.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:55 PM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Winnipeg by 7

Edmonton by 10

Calgary by 10

Saskatchewan by 18

posted by cixelsyd at 10:37 AM on July 09

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

Less talented teams can be successful. For years the Italians suffered on the front line because of ratios in their professional leagues that resulted in most of the "talent positions" being staffed by foreigners. The Italians weakness was offense. But in World play they realized this and adjusted their game to control the ball and allow their opponents virtually no opportunities. No matter how limited the Italians were they were never considered out of any contest, and they actually won a World Cup with said limitations.

In any sport you need to address the strengths and weaknesses of your squad and adjust accordingly. I believe Brazil had far more talent than many squads this year (including the US), but dependency on legacy rather than focus on reality did them in.

Did Brazil's coach actually make it to the press conference?

Do you think the talent on that squad loses 7 - 1 with Klinsmann at he helm? I think US soccer is in good shape for the next Cup. A few more athletes is all that is missing.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:25 PM on July 08

Brazil Faces Germany for Spot in World Cup Final

The post-game crew seemed to be crediting Germany as much as criticizing Brazil for the loss. I think that's way too generous to Brazil. They were a disaster on defense, leaving multiple players wide open.

Germany methodically chews up opponents that fail to execute their defensive responsibilities. To beat them will require sustained offensive pressure on the German weakness which this year is also the defenders. Germany does execute a slick defensive system employing their keeper, who is second to none in this role, but opponents speed on the front line is their poison.

Brazil historically has relied upon their speed and athleticism advantages to subdue opponents. They had neither this year and would have been better off employing the same strategy Klinsmann did against the Germans.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:36 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I present to you, probably the dumbest lawsuit in MLB fan history

Now there is some doubt being cast on the legitimacy of the lawsuit even existing. It may well be a prank

No, it's all true. Terms of the lawsuit are that he wants season tickets for life, a padded reclining seat, and a blanky.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:54 AM on July 08

Michael Bradley Covered Most Ground in World Cup

He turned the ball over because he had no support on the squad. Bradley and Jones were the only players to consistently pressure offensively all tournament. Add the fact that the US employed an 11 back defensive strategy that gave him less room to operate and had him covering much more ground than opponents.

Bradley is a world class player on a developing team.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:44 PM on July 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Winnipeg by 10

BC by 7

Edmonton by 10

Saskatchewan by 17

posted by cixelsyd at 06:10 PM on July 02

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Not many points handed out last night, I guess.

The Argos D handed out lots of points.

oh .. you meant in the pool

posted by cixelsyd at 03:51 PM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mavs are such a well run organization otherwise it's a shame they don't put more emphasis on the draft.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:03 AM on June 27

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

it's more about the organization than the player

Mostly true. The Spurs excellence is in identifying the types of personalities it needs to be competitive over the longer term. But the Spurs don't win 5 titles if Duncan (and others) are allowed to become more focused on their own situations than considering what is best for the team.

A prime example on the flip side is the Kobe and Shaq Lakers. A pretty good chance that team wins another 3 championships if it stays together. Along with 2 of the most talented players in the NBA that team had a roster with top notch role players. The organization did a great job of identifying which pieces to add but the stars essentially destroyed what management had created.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:36 PM on June 25

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Argos by 7

Calgary by 7

BC by 7

Hamilton by 3

BTW, does anyone know which SIRIUS channel will be carrying CFL games? From the CFL site:

Every regular and post-season game as well as the 101st Grey Cup Championship will be available to Sirius and XM subscribers on channel.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:57 AM on June 25

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

Pretty good evidence there for a suspension. Guy appears to be the Lucic of soccer.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:12 PM on June 24

Luis Suarez Bites Opponent at World Cup

It's ironic that Chiellini stayed down forever after phantom injuries and popped right back up after the bite

It's soccer reality unfortunately. And it ruins the game. There is as much emphasis by players on drawing bogus calls as there is on actual play. Most especially if a team is down by a goal late in the match.

Someone ought to keep stats on individual players and teams and chart who and how many times a player goes to the ground and what the score was at the time.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:34 PM on June 24

LeBron Taking His Talents Out of South Beach

If he wants to win a championship in Miami he needs to opt out and resign at a lower salary so the Heat can buy a better supporting cast. Miami is also his best bet to get to another championship as the eastern conference is horrible. $20 Million is pocket change for LeBron.

If he is after money he can go somewhere that he eats a good portion of the player budget and have no chance of being competitive.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:31 AM on June 24

Keeper Guillermo Ochoa Saves Mexico's Tocino

Don't think I ever seen that many quality saves in a match even if some were directly at Ochoa. Brazilian tender had a few good stops as well.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:49 PM on June 17

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 4-1 to win the NBA championship.

Agreed. Jordan had Grant, Kerr, Pippen, Rodman and others who had well defined roles at a different position than Jordan. All were considered amongst the top in the league at what they did, and all were complimentary players. Ditto the Kobe / Shaq Lakers with Horry, Fox, Fischer and others.

While the Wade / Bosh / LeBron combination is probably the most talented trio of all time, they all play a similar offensive game (outside the key with the ball facing the basket) and have limited supporting talent.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:52 PM on June 16

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 4-1 to win the NBA championship.

The Heat employ the Phil Jackson offensive strategy: get the best players and the sole focus is to isolate them on their defenders. It's imperative your stars are more talented than than the opposition and they must perform at a high level. A very small percentage of your roster gets 80 plus percentage of the touches on offense.

LeBron is still the most talented player alive but Leonard was the better all around player this series. The Heat got nothing from anyone not named LeBron. Spurs held multiple double digit leads when their best players had off games including last night when Parker hadn't made a shot and had only 1 assist late into the 3rd quarter.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:31 PM on June 16

The 2014 World Cup is Here

Hmmm .. is that a +1.5 gladness or a it would suck if Brazil won because of an NBA-like homer call? Or both?

posted by cixelsyd at 09:41 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

to continue to be so visibly represented by someone like Don Cherry

Cherry is quite the character, but we'll keep him. He still presents interesting commentary on the game.

Before posting did you consider that mainstream US Hockey broadcasts center around Mike Milbury and Pierre McGuire? Yikes.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:04 PM on June 10

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Round

Moore ... Rangers have 2. Dominic or John?

posted by cixelsyd at 03:48 PM on June 04

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Round

LA in 6 (more Canadian players on the roster than NYR) +1

Series MVP : Doughty, LA

Goal Scorer: Williams, LA +1

Point Scorer: Kopitar, LA

Penalty Minutes: Pouliot, NYR

Most Ice Time: Doughty, LA (assuming this is non-goaltender player)

posted by cixelsyd at 02:43 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

More Jon Bois' EA Sports "journalism" goodness (via Metafilter), on the impending death of basketball

Need to be in an altered state to digest that article .. Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard entering the Hall of Fame? Wade playing beyond 2015?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:01 AM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This all feels like a tautology that grum cannot win

Tautology? Not really, just opinions like everyone has here. And a far cry better than trollology ...

Goalie wins with at least 50 shots against, since 2010-11 season

Reimer does head that list. The stats pretty much prove that the Leafs are giving up huge numbers of shots and getting bailed out by the goaltenders, who ever they may be. In general, the Leafs most solid position currently is goal.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:06 PM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

like Parker and Ginobili

Hold on there ... no mention of Tim Duncan, who is likely the best all around big man of all time?

posted by cixelsyd at 11:28 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Enjoy the Spurs while you have them

Low maintenance superstars all over the roster who prefer winning over personal accolades. Basketball purists love 'em.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:03 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Great stats grum, as usual.

But I think they only prove Reimer isn't such a bad option for a team needing an upgrade. Be willing to bet Reimer's name heads a listing of goalies who have won games where his team was badly outshot and outplayed. Reinforces my amazement of how Carlyle and TO media dump on the guy ... he's been better at his position than anyone else on the roster.

Further, the Leafs give up an amazing number of quality shots, not just quantity. Goalies like Lundqvist, Price, and Quick are solid but they just need to do their jobs and can count on defense and forwards to clear rebounds and prevent opponents from getting quality chances / second chances.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:35 PM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

His confidence is shot ...

Pretty much any goalie whose coach consistently lays blame on him for giving up 3 goals on 47 shots wouldn't feel very confident. Not saying the guy is Tretiak, but give him a chance behind a team with some attention to defense and he'll do OK. No more evidence of that required than Bryzgalov with the Wild.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:36 PM on May 21