Recent Comments by cixelsyd

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, Montana's coach wasn't too shabby either.

Still I do think both coaches played a major role in their success, and I do think the Patriots would be just fine without Brady.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:22 PM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Toronto by 7

BC by 13

Calgary by 9

Hamilton by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 08:22 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Houston by 4

Arizona by 10

Oakland by 7

Miami by 4

Baltimore by 7

Green Bay by 10

Denver by 3

Carolina by 7

New York Giants by 13

Tampa Bay by 10

San Francisco by 7

Kansas City by 6

Indianapolis by 9

Pittsburgh by 11 *LOCK*

Dallas by 9

Atlanta by 5

posted by cixelsyd at 06:05 PM on September 21

Lady Gaga Will Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show

Superbowl halftime shows haven't ever been about music. They are about flash and glitz and using a popular artist to maximize viewer share. Lady Gaga fits in well and I doubt any of her hard core fans will notice that the venue or acoustics impact her lip-synched autotune karaoke in any major way.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:14 PM on September 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

Buffalo by 4

Baltimore by 10

Pittsburgh by 9

Dallas by 7

Kansas City by 3

New England by 11

New York Giants by 7

Carolina by 6 **LOCK**

Detroit by 7

Seattle by 13 **LOCK**

Arizona by 9

Oakland by 3

Denver by 8

San Diego by 4

Green Bay by 9

Chicago by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 01:26 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Hamilton by 10

Winnipeg by 7 (Willy and Glenn will both be holding clipboards in this one)

Calgary by 13

Edmonton by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 12:04 PM on September 15

Kevin Harlan's Epic Radio Call of Monday Night Football Interloper

Oh, and yeah, Kevin Harlan has kept me in my car in my driveway listening to football games. Westwood One is lucking to have him.

Ditto. Harlan and Esiason are the number 1 NFL broadcast team in my books.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:55 AM on September 14

Kevin Harlan's Epic Radio Call of Monday Night Football Interloper

The only thing more painful than the televised game was having to endure Berman listening to himself talk while missing a good portion of what was taking place on the field.

Sure wish I had listened to the Westwood One audio feed and will probably do so for any future Berman dates.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:20 PM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yikes! The League definitely needs to take some meaningful action on those hits.

Once again, when it is Brady or Brees taking those hits or anything close they are called each and every occurrence.

I can understand no penalties being called when Newton or any other QB rushes head first through the line into a pile of defenders. Allowing head shots on the guy because he's tough and doesn't whine loud enough or frequently enough to establish influence is bad officiating.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:58 AM on September 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

BC by 10

Winnipeg by 13

Calgary by 9

Hamilton by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 12:12 PM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Carolina 3

Atlanta 7

Minnesota 10

Philadelphia 4

Cincinnati 7

Oakland 6

Kansas City 11

Buffalo 5

Chicago 6

Green Bay 9

Seattle 7

New York Giants 9

Indianapolis 4

Arizona 6

*LOCK* Pittsburgh 11 *LOCK*

Los Angeles 4

posted by cixelsyd at 03:44 PM on September 07

Troy Aikman Blasts Fox Hiring Skip Bayless

Talking intelligently about sports? Oh, he's definitely shit...but that's not his real job.

Wasn't aware he still had a show. Do people watch it?

I'm not totally against shtick in sports commentary. Don Cherry often manages to blend shtick with meaning in NHL broadcasts some 25 years after he was certifiably senile.
There are many others across sports who do the same. There are others who ruin the game to the point viewers switch to another contest - Bayless fits here.

Sure hope FOX doesn't use him during game action.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:30 PM on September 07

Troy Aikman Blasts Fox Hiring Skip Bayless

I'm with Aikman.

I find Bayless and his cohort's shtick boring and pointless. I must admit that I've never endured more than about 45 seconds at once in developing this opinion.

I could care less whether Aikman, Bayless, or anyone else is gay, bisexual, or otherwise.

Aikman is really good at what he does.

Bayless is not.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:27 AM on September 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

BC by 10

Ottawa by 9

Winnipeg by 8

Calgary by 17

Hamilton by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 04:46 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

great gif grum

dude looks like a misfit in every way

haven't followed the cards at all - who is that?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:16 AM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

BC by 4

WPG by 7

EDM by 21

CAL by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 10:04 PM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Zero doubt about that.

If he had been from a different country he would have been crowned as such by the media after the 1998 Olympics.

He's the Michael Jordan of track. Not an athlete in history that comes close. Hope we can see a whole lot more of him before he retires.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:17 PM on August 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

OTT by 9

BC by 8

ED by 13

HAM by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 12:14 PM on August 18

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

Bigger story, or perhaps non-story ...

Sweden players don't call Hope Solo a sore loser.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 PM on August 13

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Flutie was good in the CFL because he thought the game quicker than his opponents and had an awesome arm. Yeah, he could run and that helped open up the field, but he ran to create passing lanes. Don't forget he was the best US College QB and the only reason he didn't get a shot right away in the NFL was his height.

Tebow can run, but he can't throw, and he's even worse throwing on the move. With his limited skill set he's actually better suited to the NFL game under an offensive coordinator who can dumb down the offense and give him 2 reads maximum on each play while sitting in the pocket (Andy Reid fits here). He played his College career behind an offensive line that was as talented as some current NFL teams have and that is the primary reason for his amateur success. I'm not dismissing the fact he's got a lot of winner in his makeup, he just does not have the skills or ability.

It's as much a reach to think Tebow could play in the CFL as it is the MLB.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:13 PM on August 10

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Hard to imagine how an athlete who wasn't able to compete at the professional level due to a lack of both throwing accuracy and the ability to adjust to the speed of the pro game translates into someone who can hit pro or semi-pro level pitching.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 AM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Ed by 9

W by 13

Calgary by 21

BC by 11

posted by cixelsyd at 05:35 PM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

W BY 3


C BY 14


posted by cixelsyd at 05:03 PM on August 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Edmonton by 13

Montreal by 6

Calgary by 7

Ottawa by 8

posted by cixelsyd at 04:35 PM on July 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 10

Ottawa by 10

Hamilton by 13

Toronto by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 11:49 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I guess people know who the guy is today and that must have been his goal in life. Should have given more than 2 minutes thought to coming up with a meaningful message if he planned on changing lyrics so the entire audience wonder if the dude was stoned or something ... wtf.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:09 PM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 10

Montreal by 7

Sask by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 11:06 PM on July 11

Tim Duncan announces retirement

NBA : NHL :: Tim Duncan : Niklas Lidstrom

Like that.

How about NFL : Charles Woodson ?

Aside from the fact he's an incredible athlete, Woodson also does his job at the highest level playing wherever doing whatever is asked of him, wins, and makes everyone around him better.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:04 PM on July 11

Tim Duncan announces retirement

Slower, shorter, and less athletic than pretty much anyone he was matched up against yet dominated because he was so fundamentally sound. His presence made everyone around him better. He could score 12 points and be the key player on the court ... but he would never accept the credit for it. Signed team friendly contracts to enable his team to remain competitive.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:41 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


Looks like a pretty deliberate motion in that link. Pretty stupid as well. Best tender on the planet well positioned to make the stop off of a corner header versus a free kick in penalty .. wrong choice.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:10 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

what they hell would you jump in the air like that?

With you on that. Fundamentally something that players have already had drilled into them by the time they reach the age of 13. Terrible positioning by the defender. Don't ever expect to see that kind of lapse from a world class player.

At the same time you also don't expect a world class official to make a call that dictates the outcome of a contest unless completely warranted.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


What a call to make in a Euro semi-final.


posted by cixelsyd at 04:21 PM on July 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Hamilton by 14

BC by 9

Ottawa by 11

Edmonton by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 09:35 AM on July 06

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State

The NBA will never let that happen.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:25 PM on July 04


Why Montreal would trade PK just boggles my mind.

Montreal gets one of the top 5 D in the world for PK who may be in the top 15 depending on the direction of the team. Defensively Suban is a liability and doesn't fit Montreal's game. Nashville is moving towards more offense and Suban fits the scheme. Overall if Weber's game stays near or at the same level it is at for the next 4 years Nashville got hosed.

Smart move by the Bolts

Smart move by Stamkos as well. Stays with a team that pushed the Penguins this year in his absence and has a good shot next year. Gets paid in US dollars to live in Tampa and pays next to nothing in taxes. Hard to believe some "experts" figured he was a done deal to the Leafs.

Wait, those "experts" were all Toronto based media.

Hall should be a nice top line winger

Hall was a good player in a bad situation. Talk was he was the 1 untouchable in Edmonton and that Nugent-Hopkins and Eberley were available all last season. Of the 3 Edmonton traded away the best player by a long shot.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:20 PM on June 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 5

Saskatchewan by 3

Hamilton by 9

Calgary by 13

posted by cixelsyd at 11:22 AM on June 28

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