Recent Comments by cixelsyd

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

In my youth I was a Leafs fan because there were only 2 Canadian Hockey teams and the Leafs had a monopoly on the English television broadcasts. To watch the Canadiens I either had to watch in French ("Le Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut!!") or wait until the Leafs played the Canadiens, when the Canadiens would beat the Leafs 9 out of every 10 games even if the Leafs goalie stopped 42 shots in each of those games.

After years of watching the Leafs giving away draft choices, trading away talented players, and basically selling out in any way possible for cash I just stopped following them - right around the same time Sittler cut the "C" off of his uniform in disgust. Pretty much lost interest in the NHL in general.

Became a Jets fan early in their WHA days and during Jets NHL version 1 and present. Able to follow the NHL more widely with cable and other options so get a chance to see the best players and teams play as much as I want.

Canadian English broadcast networks still focus 95 percent on the Leafs even with 7 Canadian teams. And the Canadiens still seem to beat the Leafs 9 out of 10 games with the Leafs goalies stopping 42 shots in each of those games.

Some things never change.

Thank god for cable, IPTV, PPV, and True North.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:49 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

Played slopitch one year with a cricket player. Guy played 2nd base - without a glove. Caught with both hands and covered more ground than any 2nd baseman I've played with.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:33 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Rodgers has more talent and health on both sides of the field in GB than he would have in Texas without Watt.

I'd question that. Green Bay has a below average defense that is workable because Rodgers presence forces teams to play differently to keep pace. Houston has a really good defense because of Watt but they also have an offense that rates above average. Coaching is certainly on the Packers side.

The current MVP odds according to those invest in their beliefs.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:28 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is the formula that helped Doug Flutie become ONE OF the greatest quarterbacks in CFL history

Anthony Calvillo is the greatest QB the CFL has ever seen. Like Flutie, Garcia and others he was not highly regarded at the NFL draft because he was considered too small. He was mobile, a deadly accurate passer, and extremely smart - all qualities required of a successful CFL QB.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Certainly not.

I'm implying that the prevailing thought that QBs who don't have the passing skills to play in the NFL are hot commodities up here - nothing could be further from reality.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ottawa is about an 8 hour drive from Cleveland. Manziel might as well load up and hit the highway before winter sets in.

1. Manziel has played 1 NFL game in an offense that hasn't looked like it was even partly functional since the Bernie Kosar days (when it was partly functional).

2. The CFL is a quarterback league, much more so than the NFL. QBs who can't cut it in the NFL are even less capable of playing in the CFL.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:48 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'd rather us just actually draft good players and develop them instead of gambling on vets

Guessing you have no aspirations of becoming a Yankee executive.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:31 AM on December 12

Jon Lester Signs 6-Year, $155 Million Deal with Chicago Cubs

They'd never had a postseason ace like him before ...

And Lester is a postseason ace?

posted by cixelsyd at 04:26 PM on December 10

Jon Lester Signs 6-Year, $155 Million Deal with Chicago Cubs

Lester goes from being underpaid to sickeningly overpaid. I do expect he has 1 or 2 more good years left in the rotation ... Do the Cubs really think they have a squad capable of challenging during the next 2 years? Lester isn't going to bring the additional 17 wins the Cubs need to make the post season even if he has a career year.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on December 10

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 12

Cornish

Over

572 yards

posted by cixelsyd at 02:50 PM on November 27

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

Sherman is getting paid millions per year because the NFL is successful and not because mankind has elevated him to being the voice of the people.

Grow the fuck up and abide by your employer's wishes or find a job elsewhere like the rest of us.

With emphasis on elsewhere.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:55 PM on November 26

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

I'm having trouble connecting

It is Sherman that is having trouble connecting his string of random rants into anything sensible or entertaining.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:51 AM on November 26

2015 Hall of Fame ballot released

Skip the ballots and just send Pedro and The Unit induction invitations.

Of course if there is a ballot some moronic Yankee sportswriter will cross out Pedro in favor of Rich Monteleone.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:53 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Teams had given up on Lowry because of his injury history. He's the type of player a team grows to count on for steady performance every night ..... as long as he is healthy.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:37 AM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Hamilton by 13

Calgary by 8

Crompton

Calgary

posted by cixelsyd at 10:18 AM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 3

Edmonton by 9

McCallum

Over

posted by cixelsyd at 12:30 PM on November 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

How'd that happen?

Thanks again Dr.J.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:37 PM on November 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20

Toronto by 10

Calgary by 7

Hamilton by 10

Edmonton by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 11:09 AM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Ham by 7

Wpg by 3

Edmonton by 7

Montreal by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 AM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

Montreal by 9

Calgary by 5

Hamilton by 5

BC by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 09:55 AM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

this seems like an odd move

Really?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:35 PM on October 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

Hamilton by 10

Toronto by 7

Calgary by 24

Edmonton by 13

posted by cixelsyd at 10:40 AM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A photo taken during first period action

posted by cixelsyd at 01:27 PM on October 14

DeMarco Murray Ties Jim Brown Record

Cowboys have a weak division, a premier offensive line, and a solid running back. As long as Garrett or whoever is calling the plays in Dallas recognizes that the Cowboys should host a playoff game.

Somehow it's hard to imagine the customary December games where Romo heaves the ball 40 plus times with 3 ints while Murray only gets 6 touches.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:27 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Toronto by 7

BC by 4

Sask by 6

Edmonton by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 02:26 PM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Spending top dollar on your roster and having Mattingly as a manager makes no sense at all.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:18 AM on October 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Ottawa by 4

Calgary by 10

Toronto by 4

Hamilton by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 07:43 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Saw the Cowboys were up 24-0 and figured I'd better tune in to watch them fold and lose. To my surprise they actually ran the ball on a few plays when they had the lead.

Even more amazing was the response of the Dallas crowd to running plays. On the possession following the Saints 2nd touchdown putting them within reach the Cowboys handed the ball to Murray on 1st down. Murray and the Cowboys offensive line shredded the Saints defense for a 6 yard gain as they had been doing all game ... and a hush comes over the home crowd.

What?

Either it was complete astonishment on how to respond to a dominating running attack since it has been so long that the Cowboys actually chose to use their strength or the Cowboys fans find it more exciting watching Romo chuck the ball all over and throw a few quick picks to cough up the lead.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:23 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

After everything I just posted, Derek Jeter went ahead and wrote his storybook ending tonight.

Jeter isn't going to be remembered for a walk off single in a season where his presence prevented his team from securing a playoff berth, but a nice ending non the less. He will be remembered for clutch performances when the competition was most intense.

I guess this clears the way for ARod to play shortstop for the next 3 seasons.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:14 PM on September 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

Montreal by 9

Edmonton by 7

Hamilton by 7

Calgary by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 03:52 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The gospel according to Ray.

Give me a break already. If Ray Lewis needs face time to stroke his ego he ought to just be himself because he isn't fooling anyone.

Nobody buys the Reverend Ray act, including himself.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:55 PM on September 23

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