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The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Canadian footballs ... ARE AMERICAN?

Pigs up here have very thick hair, and therefore large pores, to cope with the cold in winter eh. Use of their skin would produce an end product with significant and unacceptable fluctuations in air pressure.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:04 PM on June 21

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

CFL Equipment faq

posted by cixelsyd at 02:39 PM on June 21

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hamilton by 9

Winnipeg by 4

Edmonton by 7

Calgary by 14

posted by cixelsyd at 10:13 PM on June 20

Penguins claim fourth Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Sharks

Kessel played the best hockey of his career this playoffs on a 3rd line matched up against opponent's 3rd lines. Crosby played against the oppositions 1st line every series and still managed some pretty decent offensive stats. Up until the Penguins series the Sharks 1st line were absolutely dominant owning the puck in the opponent's zone. Crosby and his line completely shut them down.

If both players were available, who would you choose for your team - Crosby or Kessel?

Hold that, if you could choose any player in the league for your team, who would you take?


posted by cixelsyd at 12:37 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I doubt the Cavs win another game, but it might just be fitting for Green to be crowned the MVP in Cleveland if there is a game 6.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:44 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

NBA suspension of Green is brutal. Had an on-court official assessed a technical on the play and Green exceeded the limit I can see it. But the NBA office levied the suspension after having a chance to review the video.

No way they can assess one player in that fracas a suspension and give the other a pass. Unless that player is LeBron.

Appears the NBA is LeBron's bitch ... just as LeBron is Green's.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:17 PM on June 12

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition

Warriors in 6

Klay Thompson

Victory Margin 16

Combined Score 230

105 3's

posted by cixelsyd at 10:57 PM on June 01

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

1. San Jose

2. 6 games

3. 1 OT

4. Ward

5. Pavelski

6. Pavelski

7. Thornton

8. Burns

9. Letang

10. Jones

T: 34

posted by cixelsyd at 11:25 AM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wild. Bautista cost the Jays the game with that leg grab.

Spent a week listening to Toronto media trying to justify that slide as a normal play and being astonished the rule was applied. Bautista put on quite the whine as well.

It is possible the next time he pulls that crap, and trust me he will, MLB loses a quality infielder for the season due to injury.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:56 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Don't know enough of Odor to know what reputation he has but certainly know what Bautista is all about. If Odor is indeed known for stirring the pot then the 2 of them working things out the way they did doesn't seem out of line. A much better solution than having the Jays or Rangers pitchers throw at the oppositions' heads or a runner who is out by 20 feet trying to injure a fielder.

Bottom line, Odor stood up for himself while Bautista hit and ran ... again.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:14 PM on May 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Golden State in 6

Cleveland in 5

PRA: Seth Curry

Blocks: Ibaka

Steals: Westbrook

Fouls: Westbrook

Free Throws: K Thompson

posted by cixelsyd at 08:00 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bautista turtles once again.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:52 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Penguins in 7

Sharks in 7

Scorer: Kucherov

Goalie: Jones

PP%: Pittsburgh

Penalties: Steen

Team GPG: Pittsburgh

posted by cixelsyd at 05:32 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

He looks like a bit like Albert Pujols big brother.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:43 PM on May 06

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Miami in 6.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:40 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Looks like the Jets might fill their biggest weakness this draft - a true scorer. Loads of young talent, looking forward to 2016/17.

With the management the Leafs assembled I'm hopeful that Matthews career doesn't get destroyed the same way that Hall and Nugent-Hopkins have.

And I hope Matthews is as skilled with the media as he is on the ice.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:45 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

.. so just checked the NBA scores and saw the Spurs kicking rrrrr's.

OK if that pick gets dq'ed.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:29 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Hope these are in before games start:

Cleveland in 6

Spurs in 6

Warriors in 5

Technical: Westbrook

3"s: K Thompson

posted by cixelsyd at 10:10 PM on April 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

St. Louis in 6

San Jose in 6

Washington in 6

Tampa in 6



PP: Washington

Goals: Tampa

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 AM on April 27

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

You are forwarding that the noble gas law leads to only one possible conclusion: that there was no underinflation. That's not true.


posted by cixelsyd at 09:36 PM on April 26

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

all the science has pointed at the opposite

Not true.

If you had stated "The Patriot's presentation of their interpretation of science convinced some of us the opposite was true", then yes.

I will be surprised if the commissioner's authority becomes a major issue in the next CBA

So ... what governs Goodell's term as the commissioner?

Is it possible the owners turf him before the next CBA?
I mean, we're all hung up on what Brady and the Patriots did or did not, but the handling of other more important issues has been equally flawed.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:04 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

it would be a good idea for Goodell to offer to cut the suspension in half in exchange for Brady and Kraft's agreement to support that suspension and let the court fight end


posted by cixelsyd at 01:13 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

Patriots go 3-1 in those games with or without Brady and also win the division again. If one was of the opinion that the Patriots will only go as far as Brady will take them (which I am not) then having him fresher at the end of the season for a playoff run sounds appealing. And if the Patriots actually have meaningful regular season games after December 1 they would need to be much sharper going into the playoffs.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:20 PM on April 25

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms

You are certainly pressing your luck wearing a shirt that advertises beer in a room dominated by X chromosomes :)

But that is a great example of a nice (albeit loud) jersey ruined by corporate crap.
I'll stick to world cup jerseys.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:36 PM on April 16

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms

I'm going to be honest, I thought the NHL would be the first to do this.

The NCAA would have been my bet, but that ship has probably already sailed to a certain extent with Nike and Adidas.

As a fan I personally would never buy a jersey that had a bunch of corporate advertising. Some of those soccer kits are rendered downright brutal.

I do have visions of the Toronto Maple Leafs jersey with a large "Dyson" or "Kleenex" logo pasted across the lower back. And the Oilers certainly would be sponsored by "Draft Kings".

posted by cixelsyd at 10:16 PM on April 15

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!


(1) Cleveland in 4

(2) Toronto in 6

(6) Charlotte in 7

(5) Boston in 7


(1) Golden State in 4

(2) San Antonio in 5

(3) Oklahoma City in 6

(5) Portland in 7

Bonus Points:

- team 132 points

- player 38 points

posted by cixelsyd at 04:50 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Question for the group - what are you watching tonight:

1. Warriors quest for 73

2. Kobe's last NBA game

3. Start of NHL Playoffs

4. MLB

Probably a real good night to head out to the local sports bar.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:11 PM on April 13

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

1970 was last time no Canadian teams made the playoffs.

It impacts TV audience somewhat in Canada but true hockey fans will watch regardless. The majority of top players in the playoffs being Canadian helps.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:29 PM on April 12

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Florida in 6

Detroit in 7

Washington in 5

Pittsburgh in 6

Stars in 6

Chicago in 7

Anaheim in 6

San Jose in 7


Joe Thornton

posted by cixelsyd at 06:01 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

placing Ortiz into the same category as the other 3 is a bit premature

From a distance, and not a local Boston sports fan but one who appreciates the teams there (OK, I do love the Sox), I would suggest Ortiz is a great player but not in the same class as Russell and Orr and I don't understand the relevance of Ty Law to the others.

Regard aging .. I was fortunate enough to be at a game in the mid to late 90's where the Giants were honoring Willie Mays. Willie rode around the field sitting in the back seat of a convertible throwing balls into the upper decks with what appeared to me as a simple flick of the wrist. I won't ever forget the "are you kidding me?" amazement I had that day. He would have been in his early sixties at the time.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:24 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Great game. Carolina stuck with it's game plan from start to finish where a tweak or 2 might have been in order. Villanova did a masterful job of limiting Brice Johnson and adjusted to close out on the guards much better after halftime. Williams let Villanova dictate the game and simply stuck with his horses all the way. I thought he would utilize Pinson and Britt a lot more to wear down Nova's guards and create a scrappier game especially considering UNC wasn't getting much of anything from their huge front line advantage.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 AM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Carolina, +4 on talent. They can sit 2 of their starters for 15 minutes and still win easily against top teams. They have 8 legitimate championship caliber starters.

Wildcats +3 on coaching. Jay Wright has been masterful in his defensive schemes throughout the tournament, and beat a solid well coached Kansas team already.

Carolina has an enormous advantage on the front line, Villanova is the better defensive team. If the Wildcats can contain UNC's guards they'll win.

I do believe just too many horses to overcome - Carolina by 5.

As always, I'm supporting the dog.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:00 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I've always viewed Coach K as top notch in both the ability to motivate his players and in getting a cast of stars to play together as a team. When it comes to game planning and in game adjustments I don't hold him in high regard. Certainly nothing wrong with having a coach who will attract 4 top recruits annually and deliver a National Championship every six years even if he most likely* never wins coach of the year accolades.

(* Both John Calipari and Matt Doherty have been acclaimed coach of the year so anything is possible.)

Bill Self did an amazing job once again this year at KU with a team comprised of good but not great players. It's rare that a team without a single player likely ever to start in an NBA game finishes the season ranked #1. His loss to Villanova is certainly not a blemish as the Wildcats had more talent and also a great strategist in Jay Wright. Self's teams consistently win games they shouldn't because of the job he does.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:10 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Didn't get much from the actual article, but the tennis lesson link was an interesting distraction.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on April 01

March Madness 2016: Printable NCAA tournament bracket

In as cix_Pix. WTF?

Less intrusive if you just create a login to the site.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:21 PM on March 14

Peyton Manning is Retiring from the NFL

and his old legs manage to prevail on that squishy Panthers home ice

I get the old legs part of it but bad ice usually impacts fast skating skilled players a lot more than it does an old guy whose game is more about dominant offensive zone puck control than end to end rushes.


Great player. Expect he'll be getting a lot of calls from NFL owners for front office positions similar to the way teams lined up to try to sign him when he left Indy.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'd bet Jerry Jones would grab him in a minute.

Jerry's always looking for "character" players.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:51 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Awesome pickup for Chicago to bolster another cup run.

Jets fans and the organization never wanted to see him leave but going above the 6 years at $6 million per offer for a 30 year old forward would have been a terrible move, especially for a young developing team.

His agent has him convinced a better situation will present itself before next season possibly based on the deal Anaheim did for Kessler. A deal which almost everyone agrees requires the Ducks to win a cup or 2 in the next 2 years to be considered anything but a huge mistake. Yes, Ladd is a far better player than Kessler will ever be, but I suspect establishing value based upon what Kessler's people fleeced Ducks management into might result in Ladd getting less than the Jets offer, or possibly even ending up back in Winnipeg for less money and term.

The majority of Jets fans will be cheering for the Ladd and the Hawks come playoff time. He's a class act and it's good to see him get another shot at a cup.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:38 AM on February 26

Donald Trump's less than artful failure as a Pro Football Owner

Trump on SpoFi?

I vote NO.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:57 PM on February 19

The NHL Playoffs May Be Canada-Free

Would seem that the 2 teams having the best chance as of a week ago were Ottawa and Montreal.

If Carey Price returns Montreal has a good chance.

Ottawa just traded for Phaneuf in what appears to be a move up the draft ladder.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:47 PM on February 15

Senators acquire Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in nine-player deal

Toronto just took a massive dump on the Senators.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:16 PM on February 09

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Congrats tron and thanks rcade.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 AM on February 09

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Would have liked the score to be closer to add a bit more suspense in the 4th quarter but I actually really enjoyed the game. Some all time great defensive performances on both sides most notably Ealy and Norman for the Panthers and Miller, Ware and Roby for Denver.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:15 AM on February 09

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Carolina by 8 - LOCK

Total score: 26 points

Kicker: Gano

1st TD: Newton

Passing Yards: Newton

Rushing Yards: Anderson

Receiving Yards: Olsen

Sack: Von Miller

Interception: Kuechly

Turnover: Newton

MVP: Newton

Contest Winner: cixelsyd

posted by cixelsyd at 04:29 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

How Polybutadiene Made the Super Bowl What It Is

posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

First Barry Sanders now Calvin.

All time great talent, in my books the 2nd best receiver ever. Sad that he had to be so good that he positioned himself to be drafted by the Lions. Sadder that he decided in 2012 to be loyal to the organization and sign an extension when he could have played elsewhere.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:44 PM on January 31

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Who knows...

Well, the Patriots are not a ball control team. When they win it is because of their passing game racking up big numbers .. or because Pete Carroll is coaching their opposition. Hard to abandon that in a big game.

If the margin was less than 8 points Denver would have run different offensive plays rather than playing prevent offense in the 4th quarter. Denver did have success moving the ball when they needed to.

If they were to play again next week I'm certain the Patriots game plan would be the same with an expectation that the best players will make enough plays to win.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:01 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Kind of expected Manning to be the QB who had the rough game based upon his season and overall health. He was rock solid.

Probably the worst performance by Brady I've seen. He played scared.

Although the Patriots O line and receivers didn't rate much better.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:58 PM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Guess it was Blatt's fault for the lack of desire that LeBron and Irving have to co-exist. Must also be his fault that Kevin Love isn't capable of, or interested in, defending anyone.

I'm thinking Blatt must have attempted to tune up some of the Cavs "stars" after they played like a junior college team against the Warriors (and rightly so) and the "stars" were not happy about it.

Tyronn Lue.

Here I'd figured all available tires in Cleveland had already been burnt by the Browns.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:58 AM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Denver by 7 - Lock

Carolina by 6 - Lock

Pick the team with the most total yards. - Denver

Pick the team with the most turnovers - NE

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards. - Brady

Pick the player with the most rushing yards. - CJ Anderson

Pick the player with the most receiving yards. - Fitzgerald

Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. - DeMarcus Ware

Pick a player who will get an interception. - Kurt Coleman

posted by cixelsyd at 03:32 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Together individually they will have competed a total of 32 times.

They will have appeared in 28 of the 50 Superbowls played.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:33 PM on January 21

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Tony Romo has been sacked twice exactly like Burfict tackled Roethlisberger

Interesting you bring that up. I was looking at some stats on roughing the passer penalties as a basis for my comments (opinions) and found that Romo can be grouped in with Ben, Newton et all for least supporting calls. Style wise he is similar to Brady, Brees yet he doesn't seem to get the same type of protection from the officials.

Perhaps he's just crafty enough to put himself into dangerous situations that his body type cannot tolerate.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:54 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Roethlisberger did.

I wouldn't expect him to. Ben and the Steelers just never get beat in street fight type contests. Harder he gets hit the better he is.

I don't have a huge issue with that hit.

The hit on Brown was brutal. Took an MVP candidate out of the playoffs, and also wasted what may be Cincy's only decent playoff opportunity in the past 20 years and for many years to come.

Worse yet took 2 solid teams out of contention for the AFC title.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:42 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Rules are applied "selectively" to differently QBs in the NFL - Ben, Wilson, Cam Newton, Kaepernick (?does he still play in the NFL) to name a few are players who are treated like any other position on the field probably because they are tough enough to both endure and occasionally deliver physical punishment.

If that hit was on Brady or Brees guaranteed Burfict gets 15 yards and possibly tossed from the game simply because of who they are.

Regardless it's hard to argue with the video evidence Etrigan presents above.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:09 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Prior to the Burfict assaults many considered Pittsburgh the team to beat in the AFC. Would have been a great game with a reasonably healthy Brown and Ben.

Patriots typically scheme really well for playoff games. In previous match ups with Manning strategy has always been to force the run read and limit the damage Peyton inflicts and with much recent success. This time the Patriots biggest weakness (secondary) will benefit from the Broncos lack of stretch game unless Manning can turn the clock back a few years and hit a deep route or 2.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:10 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

NoMich - I believe Mathieu is out for the season.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:43 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

Kansas City by 8

Arizona by 11 - LOCK

Carolina by 3

Denver by 9 - LOCK

QB: Palmer (AZ)

RB: Ware (KC)

RX: Fitzgerald (AZ)

INT: Eric Berry (KC)

posted by cixelsyd at 03:19 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One of the dumber things to come out of the Bengals/Steelers game wasAdam Jones' insistence

posted by cixelsyd at 02:07 PM on January 15

49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach

Looking to win the first spot in the draft.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:01 AM on January 15

49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach

Well he landed in SF where personnel have been making their own decisions since the 49ers organization shit the bed on Harbaugh.

Free agents? The bay area is a great place to live but safe to say you won't be attracting any players with a burning desire to win a championship within the next 5 or 6 years during the rebuild / salvage.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:14 PM on January 14