Ottawa by 10
Edmonton by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 10:03 AM on November 20
Tennessee by 4
Atlanta by 10
Denver by 4
Oakland by 3
Miami by 7
Philadelphia by 11
Carolina by 9 (LOCK)
St. Louis by 4
Houston by 3
Kansas City by 14
Minnesota by 3
Seattle by 13
Arizona by 10
New England by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 AM on November 19
"We're building around James Harden and Dwight Howard," Morey said. "We know they're winners. We know we can win with them. I'm not concerned with them."
Guess management and ownership were on vacation and missed last year's playoffs.
Harden was easily reduced to a player the opponents wanted to possess and shoot (or turn over) the ball. Howard was better than usual but still carries the tag of someone without a burning desire to win.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:44 PM on November 18
But he did have to coach Dwight Howard.
Which makes him a bad coach .. until he gets an opportunity to coach a team that doesn't have Dwight Howard.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:23 AM on November 18
J J Watt says the "Red Rifle" became a Red Ryder BB Gun, and Andy Dalton cries that Watt lacks integrity. Integrity?
Reflects badly on both of them.
Always thought Watt had more class than that. Maybe he just needs to avoid immediate post game interviews.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:43 PM on November 17
Bengals looked like they were in playoff mode last night.
But then again, they were up against a playoff team
... the ... Texans ...
posted by cixelsyd at 11:23 AM on November 17
What was the rule applied on the last Giants TD / no -TD?
Catch an control, 2 feet down in end zone before the ball was pried loose. It would seem that the ruling would be similar to that of a catch and control, 2 feet in before going out of bounds. Is the rule different if a receiver stays in bounds?
posted by cixelsyd at 04:06 PM on November 16
Toronto by 6
Calgary by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 10:21 AM on November 12
Buffalo by 3
Green Bay by 10
Carolina by 8
Philadelphia by 6
Pittsburgh by 5
Dallas by 8
New Orleans by 7
Baltimore by 6
Minnesota by 8
N.Y. Giants by 6
Arizona by 5
Cincinnati by 11 - LOCK
posted by cixelsyd at 10:19 AM on November 12
Congrats to jags for winning by a converted touchdown ... or 7 missed field goals, not sure which.
And thanks again DrJ
posted by cixelsyd at 11:06 PM on November 09
Cincinnati by 14
Miami by 4
St. Louis by 8
New England by 21
New Orleans by 21
New York Jets by 8
Pittsburgh by 4
Carolina by 4
Atlanta by 21 - LOCK
Giants by 10
Denver by 7
Philadelphia by 13
San Diego by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 11:36 PM on November 04
Toronto by 11
BC by 13
Montreal by 11
posted by cixelsyd at 09:54 AM on November 04
Not a long term solution but would be a huge upgrade on the current roster.
He can run routes and catch the ball, rarely below a 60% target to catch ratio ... and playing on a team with a QB who can't get him (or anyone else) the ball.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:29 AM on November 03
Panthers are really good for a team without any pro level wide receivers.
Carolina management is wasting a lot of great players in their prime by not filling that void.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:23 AM on November 03
Maybe we should set up a youcaring fundraiser for poor Steve to assist with the long term emotional therapy he requires.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:14 PM on November 01
quote about his high-and-tight opening pitch to Alcides Escobar:
Pretty easy for him to throw at the batters head when surrounded by his guys.
Got a batter who is honed in on the plate? A few inside pitches are in order.
Throwing at a batter's head on the first pitch is trash.
Time for a rule where the batter gets first base and the pitcher takes an early shower for that kind of crap.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:12 PM on October 31
I believe Toronto leans heavily to the unconventional market and AA recognized this and acted accordingly. It's the team ownership that doesn't appear to have a clue what direction to go and never fully empowers or trusts the people it hires.
I think Shapiro made a real bad move accepting a job in Toronto. He is also very good at what he does but his approach suits a conventional market where fans and ownership will buy into a longer term build strategy and support the team in the process.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:50 PM on October 29
BC by 9
Calgary by 17
Edmonton by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 05:27 PM on October 29
New England by 3
Kansas City by 4
Minnesota by 7
Arizona by 11 - LOCK
St. Louis by 7
Cincinnati by 10
San Diego by 9
Houston by 4
New York Jets by 7
Seattle by 7
Green Bay by 7
Carolina by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 02:48 PM on October 29
Sounds as if the Jays had made up their minds early in the season that AA wasn't working out and were well into execution of their plan to head in a different direction when some of AA's moves started panning out.
Jays have made the decision to move forward with the changes rather than reconsider.
A huge gamble, as the team's success this year was largely due to AA's moves and much less to do with longer term development of the squad.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:41 PM on October 29
We all have our own opinions.
Genuine celebrations of big plays - Gibson, Carter, Papi are good examples - are awesome.
The bat flipping deal isn't genuine and is pure douche baggery.
It's not celebration. It's a pose.
And it shows no respect for the game or the opponent.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:45 PM on October 28
Rather than trying to establish what situations justify bat flips why don't we all just realize the act is complete douche baggery in all situations.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:42 AM on October 28
Toronto by 7
Hamilton by 13
Winnipeg by 4
Edmonton by 17
posted by cixelsyd at 03:33 PM on October 22
Seattle by 10
Buffalo by 10
Atlanta by 20 : LOCK
Indianapolis by 9
Pittsburgh by 3
Miami by 8
New England by 6
Washington by 4
San Diego by 11
New York Giants by 10
Carolina by 11
Arizona by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 04:53 PM on October 21
there should reasonably be no more discomfort appearing naked in front of a person of the opposite sex than there is in front of members of one's own?
Old school society has taught us that men naked in a locker room with men is acceptable yet men naked in a locker room with women not, probably based upon the ideal that all male athletes were heterosexual.
I would propose that today's athlete feels comfortable in the locker room with his/her teammates regardless of sexual orientation, as I feel, but uncomfortable when outsiders are involved be they male or female.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:55 AM on October 21
What was he thinking?
"That last blind heave got me to the Superbowl and a massive contract, let's giver another shot .."
posted by cixelsyd at 02:36 PM on October 19
there were around 30 ejections of object throwers last night in Toronto
I would think as a minimum the Blue Jays would ban the idiots that were ejected from attending future games. Tough to single out only 30 of the thousands
I'd advise against updating their Family Experience webpage with playoff photos.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:39 PM on October 15
It was smart of Odor to take off and finish the run home
Probably the smartest individual involved in the play. Appeared to be the only person involved who actually knew what the rule was, including the umpires.
Real careless play by Martin in a big situation. If fans wanted to throw anything it should have been at him. Still I would have hated to see that run decide the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:02 PM on October 14
Winnipeg by 3
Calgary by 10
Hamilton by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 09:44 PM on October 14
Atlanta by 14
Cincinnati by 4
Detroit by 3
Tennessee by 7
New York Jets by 3
Jacksonville by 3
Seattle by 4
Green Bay by 14 - LOCK
Baltimore by 10
New York Giants by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 05:00 PM on October 14
the Lions biggest mistake
That would be a close vote - may I present:
- the hiring of Matt Millen, and not firing the guy until 4 years after it was obvious he had to go.
- creating an environment where one of the top 5 running backs ever just decided it was a bad employer to work for and walked away from the game ... in his prime.
I'll vote for the latter.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:37 PM on October 13
I agree completely with what he said about garbage processed food and soda
Brady says nothing at all if not for defending his own relationship with, and financial gain from, TB12 and not a genuine nutritional concern.
Governor? I would hope the people of Mass appreciate him for what he is and leave it at that for their own good.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:30 PM on October 13
Who does that?
Probably should have thrown the inside slant like Pete Carroll would have.
Tomlin went with strength vs weakness by running. Vick clearly cannot throw the football with any accuracy at all. The only thing that saved him from having 5 ints that game was the Chargers DBs inability to catch.
I have a much bigger problem with the way he handled the Baltimore game.
Yeah, the kicker was having another rough day, but you have got to go with the crew you have.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:59 AM on October 13
Jays are facing a squad without their best player.
Don't give up hope yet.
But wtf with Donaldson?
Focus required. Chose talking shit over focusing on a great opportunity to tag a pitcher he had rattled. Bad, bad, bad.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:06 AM on October 10
"Do NOT throw a soft arching lob deep over the middle and hope for the best."
.. on 3rd down (not 4th)
.. on your opponent's 30 yard line
.. with 2 minutes to go down 1 score.
Those are 2 really bad football teams. And as it currently stands Indy will probably end up being a 4 seed in the AFC playoffs, just because so many other teams in the AFC suck so badly.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:41 AM on October 09
they're not ruling Beltre out for game 2 at this point
Ever try to play baseball with a back injury?
He's probably out for a week bare minimum.
I would think Texas waits until game 3 to take him off the playoff roster regardless just because he's Adrian. Although I would worry that the guy is so tough he might hurt himself worse by trying to play when he can't.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:34 AM on October 09
Indianapolis by 3
Cincinnati by 7
Green Bay by 13
Buffalo by 9
Kansas City by 7
Philadelphia by 7
Jacksonville by 4
Baltimore by 5
New England by 9 - AIRLOCK
New York Giants by 13
San Diego by 4
posted by cixelsyd at 11:51 AM on October 08
Ottawa by 10 (against TO)
Hamilton by 10
Calgary by 4
Winnipeg by 7
Toronto by 5
posted by cixelsyd at 12:04 PM on October 06
The NHL owned the rights to the Jets name and previous logo when they returned to Winnipeg. Not sure if True North had to pay the NHL to name the current squad.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:54 PM on October 05
why the CFL might not want to add a fifth East team in Quebec to balance the league's divisions
The CFL has a lot of trouble drawing fans anywhere but in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba (Toronto draws less than 15K fans per game on average and Montreal around 21K).
There has been a few exhibition games held in the maritime provinces that have reputations for strong support of their local university and professional affiliate leagues to gauge the interest there.
Thinking is Quebec City would not support anything other than an NHL franchise much like Toronto or Montreal.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 AM on October 05
Some apparently well placed sources (? is there such an animal) are reporting that Bettman wants Vegas and Seattle as new franchises and would like to keep Quebec in his back pocket to move a US franchise that hasn't or doesn't pan out (likely Phoenix, but possibly Vegas or Seattle).
The current state of the NHL as a business allows it to deal from a position of strength but it still seems like a gamble to pursue a franchise in a city that doesn't appear to want one (Seattle) rather than just put Quebec's money in the bank.
If there is any interest from Seattle they certainly have some leverage on reducing or eliminating any up front NHL franchise fees.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:03 AM on October 05
I hope it doesn't suck that much in the regular season, but I'm not going to hold my breath
I've watched a few 3 on 3 OT's as well ... that isn't hockey, it's similar to what one would see in a no contact beer league game where a few guys had already hit the showers to get an early start on the post game rituals.
Don't get me wrong, nothing is as bad as the "shootout", but what is wrong with simply awarding teams that tie with a single point? Both the shootout and 3 on 3 will have teams changing their rosters to add specialists to grab regular season points. Then the playoffs arrive and the specialists become a liability, as there is no longer any 3 on 3 and extra emphasis on 2 way play.
Do we really want to risk eliminating the best teams from the playoffs in favor of the teams with the best gimmicks?
posted by cixelsyd at 12:15 PM on October 02
(Oh crap, now the parser is going to have to deal with this!)
Prefix output with a delimiter that no spofi member would use in their picks and filter (ignore) that in python, perhaps:
!# Dallas at New Orleans: new orleans: 12 votes, 6.25 average spread / dallas: 5 votes, 4.80 average spread
.. the LOCK detection would appear to be the trickier task with all of the crafty entries.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:29 PM on October 01
Good on AA.
Recovered from the Marlins trade and really took advantage of the opportunity this year to bolster the team with the Yankees and Red Sox in hold and rebuilding.
With Stroman returning, JD being JD, and a healthy return of Tulo the sky is the limit!
posted by cixelsyd at 11:43 PM on September 30
Atlanta by 4
Buffalo by 8
Oakland by 6
Indianapolis by 14
Philadelphia by 9
San Diego by 4
Denver by 6
Arizona by 9
Green Bay by 17 (LOCK)
Dallas by 6
Seattle by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 05:35 PM on September 30
Ottawa by 8
Edmonton by 9
Sask by 6
posted by cixelsyd at 09:44 AM on September 30
The ballot for "baseball catch of the year" just added another (expected) name
And made it look rather routine.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:01 PM on September 27
New York Giants by 4
Oakland by 4
Indianapolis by 7
St. Louis by 3
San Diego by 7
New England by 17 LOCK
New York Jets by 10
Carolina by 7
Buffalo by 12
Green Bay by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 03:22 PM on September 23
Edmonton by 14
Ottawa by 3
Montreal by 8
posted by cixelsyd at 11:48 AM on September 23
OH MY GOD how are we not doing this with the balls yet?
RFID does have limitations, and there is at least 1 NFL stadium where the reliability of anything radio frequency based is suspect.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:48 AM on September 22
Cincinnati by 5
Tennessee by 10
New Orleans by 10
NYG by 3
49ers by 3
St.Louis by 10
Baltimore by 6 - Lock
Green Bay by 3
Indianapolis by 4
posted by cixelsyd at 11:02 PM on September 16
That game seemed like the QBs had reversed roles.
Eli has had a penchant for coming thru in the clutch, at least in big games, and Romo has had the unfortunate tag of making the one bad play that costs the game, even though he likely is the most valuable QB for his team aside from Aaron Rodgers.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:34 PM on September 15
Hamilton by 12
Winnipeg by 3
posted by cixelsyd at 01:17 PM on September 15
"Fo, Fo, Fo .."
Still remember watching that interview.
Had the opportunity to very briefly meet Moses at a Sixers rookie camp at St.Joe's back in the summer of 84. Arrived early to watch a rookie scrimmage and walked in to see Moses helping out a couple of women's college players with shooting drills. Came across as a real down to earth guy and was very approachable, a sharp contrast to the "get out of my way or I'll tear your head off" type of intense persona he had on the basketball court.
I was also amazed at how I had thought he absolutely had to be 3 inches taller and 90 lbs heavier just by the way he dominated the paint .. for some reason his somewhat slight size hadn't registered previously.
Possibly the best rebounder ever.
posted by cixelsyd at 07:01 PM on September 14
Hamilton by 14
Saskatchewan by 10
Ottawa by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 05:10 PM on September 09
if you lose the lock, -3
posted by cixelsyd at 01:42 PM on September 09
The "Baltimore" and "Ravens" formations used by the Patriots were illegal but Belichuk correctly guessed the on-field officials would not be wise to the scheme. Harbaugh knew what notification was required for eligible/non-eligible players but got flagged with a penalty trying to inform the officials of the rules.
Played a major part in a 35-31 victory for the Patriots.
The league has officially banned the formations and informed the teams involved.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:42 PM on September 08
Deflatriots by 4
Indy by 10
Green Bay by 8
Jets by 3
Arizona by 4
San Diego by 3
Cincy by 12
Tampa Bay by 3
Giants by 8
Minnesota by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 02:47 PM on September 08
Montreal by 3
Calgary by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 04:15 PM on September 02
Speaking of logo changes....
Had to keep scrolling up to ensure I wasn't on a some prank site.
It's original and will probably sell some merch.
You still must wonder what world class pr firm came up with Swamp Rabbits and how much Psilocybin was involved.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:50 PM on August 26
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