Recent Comments by cixelsyd

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Lucic was fined $5,000 for intentionally spearing Dekeyser in the crotch.

Lucic is just trying to find out what balls actually feel like. Give the guy a break.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:08 PM on April 19

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1


Boston in 6

Tampa in 6

Pittsburgh in 6

New York in 7


Anaheim in 6

Chicago in 7

Los Angeles in 6

Colorado in 7

posted by cixelsyd at 06:51 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't think anyone is so annoyed by it to stop watching the sport

Guess my vote was a spoiled ballot.

Seriously, I'll watch World Cup playoff matches, but nothing else. For me the whole pace and feel of the game gets destroyed at every flop.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:21 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow, go UConn. What a totally unexpected run they've had this month.

Best guards in the country by a mile, great defence, great coaching. Kentucky has 8 players that would start, had they enrolled at UConn, in front of everyone but Napier.

This guy could have helped by staying at UConn. Not just UConn, but his own future. Blew a chance to go first round.

Knucklehead move.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:52 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Boo on Connecticut for mucking up the works in the NCAA

Appears UConn has found another coach who can draw blood from a stone. And to pull off that game against a well balanced Izzo coached squad yet.

At this point I reluctantly believe nobody can stop Kentucky. Too much talent, too much size, and for the first time in ages playing almost like a basketball team.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:50 AM on March 31

DeSean Jackson released by the Eagles

Hernandez has taught them well

Taught them how to disassociate the organization from accepting any responsibility. The Patriots brass sole focus is on winning. Expect Jackson to have a visit soon.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:25 PM on March 30

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera agree to 8 year extension

Guess I missed the news about Brian Cashman moving to the Tigers this offseason.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Defenders on that goal look as if the play was scripted. Nice run, though.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:12 AM on March 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Pretty much an annual headline recently ....

"X pulls off the biggest upset in the tournament beating Duke"

Which isn't really accurate at all. They were a 4th place team in their conference losing to another conference's regular season and tournament champion and the only way the term upset can be applied is the initial seeding of the 2 teams. Duke is perennially over rated by 3 or 4 seeds.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:31 PM on March 21

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

which has a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of happening

Made the mistake of using a Chevy Cobalt platform for my time machine (couldn't afford the DeLorean) and lost the whole damn thing to an ignition switch malfunction.

We'll meet at the border, grum

Be careful, H - grum is known to support a terrorist organization .. The Leafs, who have been terrorizing their fans for decades.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:06 PM on March 18

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

I'm in.

Odds of me winning the Spofi pool are about the same.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:59 AM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Interesting, as some members of the Jets have quit sports as well.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:29 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

No Big East or ex-Big East team has a top notch squad this year. Louisville might have garnered consideration if Chane Behanan hadn't got kicked out of the program.

Still not surprising that the most of the teams from last year's Big East are at the top of their conferences.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:11 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Virginia has been the only team in the ACC that has played consistently well all year. Carolina either plays like the best team in the country or like a division 2 team, Duke is good at home but plays well below their talent level otherwise, and Syracuse has had some bad injuries down the stretch.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:07 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Broncos will easily fill Decker's role and have a few million per year to devote to areas of true weakness.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:42 PM on March 14

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

You thinking closer to 5-11 this year

Dallas Cowboys 2014 Schedule

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

Cowboys benefit from playing in a division where the best team, the Eagles, are at best progressing along a rebuild effort. Redskins and Giants are at or nearing rock bottom. Six games against that level of competition has got to yield 3 wins for any NFL team.

Jacksonville, Houston - another 2 probable wins.

St.Louis, Chicago, and Tennessee would not be major upsets but wouldn't expect more than 1 win.

5 - 11 or 6 -10 sounds about right.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:52 PM on March 12

Cowboys Release DeMarcus Ware

Ware spent his best days in an organization that didn't have a clue how to build to capitalize on his abilities. At least he made himself some money.

7 time Pro-Bowler on a team whose average defensive ranking averaged 26th in the league during his tenure ... what a freaking waste.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:03 AM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

Roberto Luongo traded to Florida for Jacob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias

Don't expect Thomas to be employed by the Panthers much longer.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:10 AM on March 05

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

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

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower

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

Miller & Ott traded to St. Louis; Sabres get Halak and Stewart, prospect and two picks

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Excellent work on the setup.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:10 PM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

No team with more than three ex-Cubs has ever won.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:54 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

*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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

How to Watch the Olympics

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

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

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

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

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

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

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

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

Denver by 9

J.Thomas (Den)

Lynch (Sea)

D.Thomas (Den)

P.Manning (Den)

D.Trevathan (Den)

S.Phillips (Den)



posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 AM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

Seahawks Edge Niners

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

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

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

Seahawks Edge Niners

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

Broncos Overwhelm Patriots

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

Seahawks Edge Niners

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

Seahawks Edge Niners

Good game so far.

Brutal officiating.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:08 PM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Broncos by 14 +2

49ers by 4

Manning (Den) +1

Edelman (NE)

Moreno (Den)

Navorro Bowman (SF) +1

posted by cixelsyd at 09:48 AM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A whining loser representing a whining loser - fitting.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:15 PM on January 15

Broncos Hold Off Chargers

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

49ers Smother Panthers

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Seattle by 7 +2

NE by 17 +2

49ers by 10 +2

Denver by 3 +1

D Thomas (Den)

Decker (Den)

Eric Reid (SF)

posted by cixelsyd at 05:01 PM on January 10

Hall of Fame Admits Maddux, Glavine, Frank Thomas

I vote for grum as a voter and howard as returning officer.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:28 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ah yes, Leonid Aleksandrovit Komarov, a fairly common Finnish name.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:41 PM on January 07

49ers Edge Packers on Last-Second Field Goal

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

49ers Edge Packers on Last-Second Field Goal

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

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Colts by 8, +1

Eagles by 7

Bengals by 11

49ers by 6, +1


Frank Gore

Aldon Smith, +1

posted by cixelsyd at 08:34 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

.. 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.
Puzzling move.

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

Browns Fire Chudzinski After Only 1 Season

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

Browns Fire Chudzinski After Only 1 Season

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

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

Kirk Cousins to start for Redskins in Week 15

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