When Buf decides he wants to make a play there isn't an opponent alive that can stop him.
He needs to realize that and channel his abilities better.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:42 PM on March 06
Don't expect Thomas to be employed by the Panthers much longer.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:10 AM on March 05
An exciting game, as was this year's Seattle / San Fran game.
No clear favorite going in or coming out of either.
George Mason or VCU in the Final Four with no future pros beating multiple teams with 3-5 first round draft picks? Completely unbelievable accomplishment. App State beating Michigan? Ditto.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:50 AM on March 04
College doesn't equal "top-notch". The professional ranks are always better than the college equivalent in every profession and every measurement
To the sports fan this doesn't hold true. The players may be much better, but the entertainment value of the games typically are not.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:54 PM on March 03
Blues have a team that will compete for a number of years. If Miller has a few years left in the tank they'll be even better. And any team would benefit from Ott.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:15 AM on March 01
but even they can't engineer another threadbare excuse to keep him off the roster
Maybe they just pay him and don't play him.
Not picking sides in his dispute but his last year has amounted to the most insubordination to an employer in history. Why would the Yankees want to help him pad his stats? They've got nothing to gain with him in the lineup. Paying him to sit gives them a chance to start the rebuild now.
Which other team would give him an opportunity to play? Bonds was still a productive player at the time of his scandal - sans any of the accompanying ARod douche baggery - and nobody would go near him.
posted by cixelsyd at 02:24 PM on February 28
Excellent work on the setup.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:10 PM on February 24
What could've been for the Finns had Tukka Rask not been sick for their semifinal game against Sweden
Finns were by far the toughest opponent for Canada this year.
Although Kristers Gudlevskis' Tretiak impersonation was brilliant.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:39 PM on February 23
No team with more than three ex-Cubs has ever won.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:54 PM on February 22
*Except in the NHL playoffs.
Not so fast ...
Almost every year the team with the higher content of Canadian players wins the Stanley Cup. Bruins beat the Canucks ... Bruins had more Canadian players. Bruins beat the Leafs last year ... same story.
When sizing up a series have a look at the rosters from a player's country of origin standpoint. You'd be amazed how often the rule holds true.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:22 PM on February 21
on draft day when the Browns are on the clock
Browns have a few weaknesses, the worst being ownership and management.
I don't imagine either is available in this year's draft.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 AM on February 12
The networks and providers are missing out on a huge opportunity to establish new revenue streams with their archaic business strategies. This in turn spawns opportunities for companies like this.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:15 PM on February 06
RHCP does Karaoke.
Big fan of live music and always avoid Superbowl halftime shows.
All the canned / choreographed crap can turn even the best performer into nothing more than another musical reality show hairdo type.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:17 AM on February 05
Seahawks lead the league in PED suspensions every year during Carroll's tenure.
Sherman had his suspension overturned on the "Ryan Braun" possibly tainted piss due to inappropriate handling technicality. So yes, there's some meat in your buddies' gripes.
But Denver, as most NFL teams, also has it's share of PED issues.
Overall I'd say it's grapes over gripes here.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:44 PM on February 03
the secret to the Seahawks is ...
.. Having guys with linebacker size and 4.4 speed playing defensive back.
If one was to rank the top 10 dbs in the NFL 4 would be Seahawks, including Chancellor at #1.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:55 PM on February 03
being able to leap over Seattle, San Francisco, and a very good defense in Arizona
Pretty certain moving St.Louis to any AFC division makes them a playoff team. And any one of the 3 teams listed would be the 1 seed if they relocated to the AFC.
Carolina and Green Bay will be better next year, and likely the Eagles as well.
It's a bad time to be in the NFC - just ask any fan of the Cardinals.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:34 PM on February 03
Once the game was out of reach Wilson deliberately puss armed a couple of throws to eliminate the hassle of having to get rid of the fugly Chevy.
The real Superbowl was played 2 weeks ago.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:27 AM on February 03
Denver by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 AM on January 31
The NFL may fine Marshawn Lynch $50K for not talking to reporters.
Lynch's crime is wanting to focus on playing the game rather than talking about it.
Maybe he should just show up and yell some bizarre baseless shit for the media via a coke induced style rage .. would save him $42K plus.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:16 PM on January 29
I'm wondering how many "banned substances" will show up in Sherman's urine sample this time ... unless it was powerful enough to burn through the container once again.
And would the NFL have the balls to suspend the guy for the Superbowl?
posted by cixelsyd at 10:50 PM on January 20
rcade, you gave me a point for picking the 49ers.
Either this means the NFL has reviewed the game and reversed the final outcome because of inept officiating benefiting the Seahawks ... or an oversight on your part.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:43 PM on January 20
Make it illegal for quarterbacks to run the football
Yeah, and while were at it, let's also institute a height limit on QBs so that they all resemble Drew Brees. Having actual althletes play QB is ruining the game.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:29 AM on January 20
Patriots didn't look well prepared for this one. Manning controlled the game from start to finish and NE wasn't able to make any adjustments to be effective on either side of the ball. Brady had a few shots to make big plays but didn't deliver.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:43 PM on January 19
Good throw, Crabtree had Sherman beat and it looked like a TD - great defensive recovery to get a hand in. Certainly saved Pete Carroll's ass after that bone headed gamble on 4th down up by 6 points.
It's clear from this game that the players ability to make plays has far surpassed the officials capability to make the correct calls. Great game, brutal officiating.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:08 PM on January 19
Good game so far.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:08 PM on January 19
Broncos by 14 +2
49ers by 4
Manning (Den) +1
Navorro Bowman (SF) +1
posted by cixelsyd at 09:48 AM on January 17
A whining loser representing a whining loser - fitting.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:15 PM on January 15
In re Omaha
Joe Montana used "Omaha" to signal Jerry Rice that he recognized single coverage and the ball was coming his way, most often immediately followed by an extra point.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:59 PM on January 13
The best two teams in the conference
Make that the 2 best teams in the league.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:44 PM on January 12
Noel was a good coach in a bad situation.
Jets are saddled with a number of players they count on that don't show up on a regular basis. Noel was prevented from benching the under performing "stars" while the GM unsuccessfully attempted to move Wheeler, Byfuglein, and others.
Best case scenario is the Jets tank badly this year, get rid of the majority of their current "leadership" (not including Stuart), and draft more young talent to join the group they already have.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:43 PM on January 12
Seattle by 7 +2
NE by 17 +2
49ers by 10 +2
Denver by 3 +1
D Thomas (Den)
Eric Reid (SF)
posted by cixelsyd at 05:01 PM on January 10
I vote for grum as a voter and howard as returning officer.
posted by cixelsyd at 04:28 PM on January 09
Ah yes, Leonid Aleksandrovit Komarov, a fairly common Finnish name.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:41 PM on January 07
The offense he is executing has read options for the run game, but is very limited in the passing game - he pretty much locks onto the first option in all cases and runs if it's not there. I'll take that over the alternative of tossing balls all over the place and hoping for the best (cough .. Romo).
Scary to think how good the Niners could be if he learns to utilize Davis, Crabtree, and Bolden more consistently.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:48 PM on January 06
and he's passing as well as most top pocket quarterbacks
Long time Niners fan, and although Kaep made many big plays to win the game, he did miss a number of routes - especially where he had VD 1 on 1.
Niners offense will need to be better to beat Carolina.
The same defensive performance will suffice.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:08 PM on January 05
Colts by 8, +1
Eagles by 7
Bengals by 11
49ers by 6, +1
Aldon Smith, +1
posted by cixelsyd at 08:34 PM on January 03
Well, let's hope that the Bears figure Cutler wasn't able to grasp the offense as quickly as McCown and they expect he'll perform better next year.
I group Cutler in with Romo and Rivers - 3 great plays and 1 horrendous out of every 10. Good enough to beat anyone but destined to lose.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:26 PM on January 02
.. and the fact that the only real alternative in the near future would be to draft a replacement
Isn't McCown an alternative? He had far superior numbers than Cutler this year.
Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Cutler 355 224 2621 63.1 7.4 19 5.4 12 3.4 67 19 132 89.2
McCown 224 149 1829 66.5 8.2 13 5.8 1 0.4 80 11 37 109.0
posted by cixelsyd at 05:14 PM on January 02
Other than Pete Carroll
Pete Carroll may actually be the worst example of a college coach having success in the NFL. He was fired in his first 2 stints in NY and NE, and it took another 10 years in the college ranks before he got another shot with the Seahawks.
Perhaps he erases some of that history this year.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:33 PM on December 31
Chip Kelly deserves mention - he didn't fare too badly this year with an Eagles team most picked to finish last in the division.
Bill Walsh also began his coaching career in college - 3 Super Bowls in 10 years of coaching isn't bad. Nor is Jim Harbaugh's 36-11-1 record after 3 years in the big league, also a recent college head coach.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:01 PM on December 30
At some point the NHL has to come down harder on goon acts and hopefully before a player gets paralyzed or dies.
They really dropped the ball on Thornton with the slap on the wrist suspension he received.
Players that show no respect for their opponents or the game need to be taught a lesson. One and two week suspensions have proven they do not accomplish anything.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 AM on December 19
Last week one crew called the barest of touches for Pass Interference at the very end of a game
Time for a bit of a rant about football color analysts and NFL officiating in general
What I see this year is a lot more contact allowed by both the receiver and the defender throughout the game, followed by brutal pass interference calls being made in critical situations for less contact at the end of games.
Officials should never decide games. If they let contact go throughout, they must let the same contact go at the end.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:10 AM on December 16
I think it's either Shanahan begging to be fired
One has to wonder who is calling the shots. Did Shanahan make the call to play RG last year when he was injured? Is it Shanahan who is making the call here to sit RG?
I'm not certain where I'm at with Shanahan as a coach, but I know he deserves every penny he's owed just for having to work for Snyder. Ditto Garrett in Dallas.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:09 PM on December 11
and Washington needs draft picks
.. to trade away to a team in their own conference or division.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:16 PM on December 11
Patriots received a nice gift from that god awful pass interference call
Horrible for the Browns who deserved better. Bad also for any AFC team in contention.
Will result in the Patriots getting a bye and perhaps home field advantage in the playoffs.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:59 PM on December 09
FSU vs Auburn for the "National Title" ... anyone think these are the 2 best teams?
FSU has an impressive set of wins vs opponents like Bethune - Cookman, and Auburn is from - yes, the SEC, where 5 teams are granted top 10 status every year yet nobody ever can figure out how good they are until they play in bowl games.
Give me Ohio State, Michigan State, and Louisville against either of the "top 2" teams.
posted by cixelsyd at 08:38 PM on December 08
Winston and another.
So the prosecutor has already decided that the victim is lying and Winston is innocent?
Thought that is what courts are for.
posted by cixelsyd at 03:37 PM on December 05
how the Yankees are going to stay under the luxury tax
Thinking that all of the "under the luxury tax" talk coming from the Yankees was just a bargaining ploy to somewhat reduce free agent market valuation so they could get players for less money than they would normally pay.
The Yankees build by buying the best free agents, always have, always will.
posted by cixelsyd at 07:35 PM on December 04
The Yankees are nuts
Ellsbury is a solid player but that contract is simply foolish. He's a top notch base runner and defender -when healthy- but essentially more of a role player than a superstar. And his game is completely dependent on his health and athleticism, both of which will deteriorate during the term of the contract.
My guess is he has 2 or 3 highly productive years maximum remaining.
I see it as simply an attempt by the Yanks to weaken an opponent for a year or 2. With the Red Sox having a lot of young talent in their organization waiting to step up losing Ellsbury hurts but isn't crippling.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:37 AM on December 04
Ol' Riverboat Ron is break that poor bot by the 3rd quarter next Sunday
When ya' got nuthin' but yer shirt and yer shoes there ain't much to lose .. let it roll.
posted by cixelsyd at 09:27 PM on December 03
Watch how many SEC coaches vote Auburn - Florida State - Alabama - Clemson - OSU
And watch the SEC teams get smoked yet again by underdogs in bowl games.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:34 AM on December 02
Why anyone would want to play defense in today's NFL is beyond me. I've seen some of the most ridiculous "personal foul" calls on quarterbacks and receivers, at 15 (often) crucial yards a pop. It's getting difficult to watch for me, so I can just imagine how coaches must feel
It should be noted that defensive players, lineman, wide receivers, special teams players, and running backs get hurt too; surprisingly there are no exclusive rules to protect players in these positions.
Do we want to see Tom Brady / Drew Brees / Aaron Rodgers get hurt? Hell no. Do we want to see them win a game because of enforcement of a bogus rule? Even less so.
Think of hockey disallowing contact on centers. Or basketball on guards.
What a crock of shit.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:30 AM on December 02
At least he didn't do anything stupid, like spill a drink
Pretty harsh punishment, but the NBA has a history of sticking to the book on it's decisions.
The NFL is more selective - almost a WWE approach, with defined good guys and bad guys and differing sets of rules and application for both.
I think you might be overstating it a bit much
I believe I always do.
But Tomlin's act is also clearly against the rules of the game, just as fixing is. Or video taping opponents practices - all are deliberate violations of rules of the game to influence the outcome.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:59 PM on November 29
Clearly influenced the play as well. NFL should fine the Steelers, and heavily to prevent any further similar situations. That's as serious as fixing the result of a game in my opinion.
posted by cixelsyd at 12:13 PM on November 29
Punting research? Just know that frozen footballs don't kick or bounce well.
Thanks again, DrJ.
posted by cixelsyd at 05:00 PM on November 28
Here's hoping Rogers figures out Canada extends beyond the 416 area code.
The deal with CBC indicates they are placing value on quality product. No network anywhere can top CBC's hockey coverage.
How the heck is TSN going to survive as a network televising only Leafs and Raptors games?
.. wait, those 2 teams have been TSN's sole focus since it's inception.
What I meant is when the public actually knows the situation and has another choice they are doomed.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:54 PM on November 26
the general idea is that while Moreno ran for more than 200 yards, he did it about 6 yards at a time whereas if you let Manning complete 35 passes, you're doomed regardless of the weather
With the way the Patriots played run defense Broncos should have just run the ball all game. Yes, they have Peyton Manning as their QB, but nearly every running play the Broncos backs were untouched before they had gained 3 to 4 yards. The only time the Broncos were stopped was when they threw the ball early in the down count and stopped themselves.
Pretty much looked like 2 playoff teams with only their B games last night neither playing well enough to win.
Brady's earned the poster gig this year
+1 on that.
Have only seen 3 Pats games this year but the same act every game, and it`s getting old. It`s fine to question an official and acceptable to be mad at a call or non-call. Prolonged diva fits are beyond acceptable; they are a no class act we don`t expect from Brady.
posted by cixelsyd at 06:44 PM on November 25
The back judge
The back judge also claimed the foul was pass interference, which would be the wrong call seeing as the ball was 10 yards away from the receiver. By making that call he clearly did not see the ball and the relationship of defender to receiver because of his positioning. It was a bad call and the officials and the NFL got it right.
The NFL needed to get one right to make up for the way they handled the Brooks hit on Brees. Fine the guy 15K for a good play and then give Mankins a total pass on a cheap and deliberate intent to injure ... I don't get it. Yes, Brees is more important to league revenues than Brooks is, or the guy Mankins tried to take the knees out of, but laying the player safety card loses all credibility this week.
One thing is for sure - neither one of those crews are doing playoff games this year.
posted by cixelsyd at 11:57 PM on November 21
Banjo Pickin' Inbreds by 17 (Saskatchewan)
posted by cixelsyd at 09:41 PM on November 20
Was it a marginal call? Yeah. Will you see more marginal end zone calls that stand, especially if it benefits the home team? Yeah
It would have been a bigger story today if the officials awarded a pass interference penalty on that play as Gronk had no chance of catching an under thrown ball. Media everywhere would have been pulling out tuck and snowplow videos.
There is a lot of aggressive defense being played in the NFL and home teams are certainly getting more and more beneficial calls, but I don't believe this fits into that category at all. I've seen much more obvious contact be given a pass each and every week.
Sure be interesting to see the breakdown of penalties each team takes home vs away ...
posted by cixelsyd at 12:33 AM on November 20
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