Recent Comments by cixelsyd

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hamilton by 14

Edmonton by 8

Winnipeg by 3

Ottawa by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 10:52 AM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The ESPN apology has nothing to do with Deflategate.

It is for another scoop they ran before confirming the credibility of reports about the Patriots filming opponents pre-Superbowl workouts that ESPN aired earlier this week.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:37 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Norris has quite a sweet stroke for a pitcher.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:33 AM on August 20

Little League Team Throws Game at World Series

The travesty is that the coach instructed all of his players to bunt


Playing the reserves in an otherwise meaningless game for the team is certainly acceptable.
It could give a lot of kids an opportunity to play.

Instructing them to bunt taints that opportunity.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:34 AM on August 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Montreal by 6

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 10

Toronto by 8

posted by cixelsyd at 10:47 PM on August 17

Russell Wilson Finally Cashes In with Seahawks

Imagine how much more he would have been paid if he hadn't thrown an interception on his last pass attempt...

Yeah, ask him about that one. I imagine he was so blinded by the brutal play call he had a hard time concentrating. If he was of a different ilk (Marino, Peyton, etc) and had more cred in the league he would have called a timeout to plead some sense into the coaching staff (hold on coach, we have Marshon Lynch, and the Patriots d-line couldn't stop grandmama in a wheelchair).

Anyways, wasn't his throw, it was a great read by the db. And the most brutal play call I've ever seen in professional sports.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:51 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 10

Toronto by 10

Hamilton by 14

Calgary by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 PM on August 11

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

How does holding a hearing in it's proper place qualify as a "maneuver"?

The correct statement is that Brady, The Patriots, Robert Kraft, and the NFLPA have once again failed in their latest maneuver in an attempt to avoid levied punishment for breaking league rules.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:22 AM on July 31

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

The NFLPA based its filing in MN hoping they could possibly get a judge with precedent of ruling against the NFL assigned to the case .. no other reason.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:57 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

The NFL outmaneuvered them by filing in a federal court in the Southern District of NY


The NFL offices are based in NY. That is where the case should take place.

Why the hell would the case be held in Minnesota where no party involved has any connection to?

posted by cixelsyd at 04:34 PM on July 30

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

if this is new evidence of bad behavior, why isn't Brady getting a longer ban?

Part of the basis of the original 4 game ban was the reluctance to cooperate and provide requested information. It's not as if the NFL is going to impose a "contempt of court" type addition based upon the intentional destruction of that evidence.

The NFL wants to be viewed as handling the matter with correct process. The NFL certainly doesn't want an ongoing spectacle involving one of it's mantlepiece players. The NFL wants resolution.

Once again it is Kraft , Brady and the Patriots who choose to keep throwing fuel on the fire here. And although the Patriots are a key part of the NFL, they are 1 of 32 members of a league that must abide by both it's rules and decisions.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on July 29

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

would love to see how a real court rules on this


This is an NFL rule that has been broken, the NFL should have jurisdiction over enforcement. If a court sides by the NFL it just makes the whole incident into more of a White Bronco affair for the media. If it rules against the NFL, which it never would under the circumstances, then NFL rules are deemed not enforceable and the integrity of the game is gone. And the legacy of the parties involved doesn't change.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:52 PM on July 28

Roger Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension on Appeal

Brady broke league rules and 4 is in order.

The NFL ought to have a different classification of penalty for personal conduct infractions.
Hardy shouldn't be allowed to play in the NFL. Read that his suspension was reduced because the woman he beat up couldn't be found to testify during his appeal? Time for the NFL lawyers to add some legal verbiage to the player contracts.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:23 PM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

BC by 7

Edmonton by 10

Calgary by 3

Hamilton by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 11:50 AM on July 28

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

and I hate them more than ever once they win the cup, dammit


I can dream

Ahh, right. It's all a dream.

Seriously, the Leafs have assembled what would appear top notch leadership.

Hopefully ownership doesn't succumb to TO media and fans finally give someone more than 6 months to turn a pile of steaming shit into a Hockey team. There's no foundation players, there's no leadership, and the Leafs are only in their first year of having some decent draft picks. The only pieces in place are 2 NHL quality goaltenders and possibly a budding star in Morgan Reilly.

I really doubt this group will be given 5 years it will need to make a playoff appearance. And win a cup? There are at least 15 NHL teams whose management really have their act together, currently have strong teams, good young prospects, and are busy planning for continued success. That type of situation is at least 10 years away for the Leafs.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:46 PM on July 24

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

The Leafs have worked to assemble management with a history of organizational success and Shanahan who has been a proven winner throughout his playing career.

But .. The new coach and GM are not walking into a situation where they taking over a squad with historical talent like they did in their previous successful years. The Leafs have nobody that remotely compares to the rosters they previously inherited with current and future hofers Lidstrom, Brodeur, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Chelios, Shanahan and others.

Shanahan, Babcock, and Lou have a major challenge ahead of them with very few if any existing parts to work with. Specifically Babcock - coaches who accomplished more with less have *failed in the same position.

* although Carlyle did receive Coach of the Year votes in the year the Leafs fired him

posted by cixelsyd at 10:34 AM on July 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 7

Toronto by 7

Winnipeg by 7

Hamilton by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 10:17 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Would have been interesting to see how Jordan could compliment an aging Dirk. Now he's back to the Clippers who have a few very good players but not enough to challenge the top 3 in the West next year (SA, OKC, GS).

Jordan is a nice complimentary player but not a 1 or 2 type option. Clippers are in dire need of a 1 or 2 option whereas Dallas needs complimentary players.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:31 PM on July 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 14

Edmonton by 10

Saskatchewan by 4

Calgary by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 10:11 AM on July 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 7

Montreal by 10

Saskatchewan by 3

Calgary by 18

posted by cixelsyd at 02:44 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Leafs get rid of one of 2 pillars of their defensive problems, clear some salary cap, and create an opening for a younger player to develop.

Penguins get a talented guy who shoots the puck as good as anyone to mix in with an already offensively talented lineup. Penguins won a cup in a year when they essentially played with complete disregard for defense. A great fit for Kessel and I'd expect a lot of 6-5 type final tallies in Pittsburgh games next season.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:39 PM on July 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Hamilton by 7

Calgary by 7

BC by 7

Toronto by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 11:24 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't.

And the Jays have been awesome this year.

But he is Mike Trout, a guy with more "no way" defensive plays than anyone I've seen for years (my Willie Mays bobblehead nods in agreement).

Wait ..

posted by cixelsyd at 01:48 AM on June 27

U.S. Defeats China, Advances to Women's World Cup Semifinals

great cap, rcade

posted by cixelsyd at 01:31 AM on June 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Cixelsyd

Thanks for the thanks .. And thanks to rcade for organizing the pool.

(Noticing that my round scores are almost exactly like the first 4 holes of my normal golf game)

posted by cixelsyd at 11:49 AM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Um, there's this guy named Mike Trout ...

posted by cixelsyd at 09:40 PM on June 24

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 10

Calgary by 10

Edmonton by 7

Winnipeg by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 11:24 AM on June 23

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

Iguodala (like Kawhi Leonard last year) kept the best player in the game from winning the championship.

Iguodala was key both defensively and offensively. He enabled the Warriors to completely blow up the Cavs scheme of double teaming Curry every time Seth got the ball. Iggy served as a double team outlet option then essentially ran 4 on 3 drills as a second 1 (point guard).

The Cavs only success came earlier in the series when the Warriors played a lineup where Draymond Green was the outlet. Draymond can handle the ball well for a big but he is certainly no comparison to Iggy in the position.

Curry merits consideration for his unbelievable ability to draw the double and make great passes out of it. He had more turnovers than usual but was battling 2 taller and usually pretty decent defensive players.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:14 PM on June 17

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

the obvious most valuable player in the Finals (James)

James is the best player in the world and had great numbers in the series but I don't disagree with the Iguodala selection. Don't know if it was fatigue or just a sense of hopelessness but James appeared to shut it down early in games 5 and 6.

If James had some support such as a partially healthy Irving the outcome may have been different. Interestingly this is always the discussion when he doesn't win.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:49 AM on June 17

Golden State Exposes Cleveland in Game 4 Rout

Kerr appears to have found a lineup that can overcome the Cavs emphasis of constant physical contact on Curry and Thompson even though the Cavs are dictating the style of play and flow of the game.

The Cavs need to find a way to get LeBron a 5 or so minute blow (elapsed, not game clock time) early in 2nd and 4th quarters . Problem is they don't have anyone on the bench who can buy minutes against the warriors second string. James and Thompson have been solid throughout, Mozgov and Delladova are playing way above their normal levels of play and are contributing. Shumpert and JR Smith have been horrible.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:25 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

After bashing Toronto late last week for it's frequently questionable air quality I awoke this morning of the opening Women's World Cup matches in Winnipeg to an air quality statement.

The smoke isn't heavy here but it is noticeable without much breeze to speak of. Not great conditions to be sprinting around a pitch regardless.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:07 PM on June 08

Lightning Beat Blackhawks to Even Stanley Cup at 1

Sharp (?) also gets the bottom foot. That sequence looks like it was a set play.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:10 AM on June 07

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

There was a total of one "smog alert" (for two days) for all of 2013 and 2014

Must be improving ... or the criteria has changed.

I'm an old timer, and I'm referring to to the mid 2000's where 20 - 50+ days of alerts were the norm.

Hell, just watching a sport in those conditions today would do me major harm.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:57 PM on June 05

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

Toronto media trolls the rest of the country

I'd have to imagine the author has never left Toronto in his entire life and has no perspective on the rest of the country. Sucks to be him.

Possibly Toronto sportswriters just need to find something, anything, to write about with all the downtime they have covering their local teams when writers in other cities are covering the playoffs.

I'll admit Edmonton isn't my favorite Canadian city. But on my trips to Edmonton I haven't ever had to think about scheduling my golf or tennis around the smog index as I do in the "big smoke".

Good God - the Pan Am games are in Toronto? I certainly hope not during the summer/smog months. Made the mistake of playing through an alert there in a tournament and had trouble breathing for weeks afterwards. Can't imagine what it would be like to play a match or 2 of soccer in that environment.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:30 PM on June 05

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Announces His Resignation



posted by cixelsyd at 02:40 PM on June 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There was a $25k fee just to be considered for games

$25K ...

No Sepp Blatter involvement here.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:34 PM on June 01

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Finals

Winner: Chicago +1

Duration: 7 games

Longest game: 1OT

TV rating: 2.1

First goal: B.Saad

Conn Smythe: Duncan Keith +1

Goals: Kane

Assists: Keith

Points: Toews

Plus/minus: Keith +1

Penalty minutes: Tyler Johnson

GAA: Crawford +1

SpoFite: cixelsyd +1

posted by cixelsyd at 01:26 PM on June 01

Blackhawks Force Game 7 With 5-2 Win Over Ducks

Keith was zoned in and made at least a dozen jaw dropping plays. When he is on he appears to be thinking the game a second or 2 faster than his opponents.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:11 AM on May 28

Golden State Reaches First NBA Finals in 40 Years

Enjoy the conference trophy.

Warriors are in tough against the Cavs. Even tougher if Thompson has a concussion.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:03 AM on May 28

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

keep an eye on the officiating when the US Women's team plays at the upcoming tournament. There could be some really interesting calls.

Ouch! That opened a nearly healed wound.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:46 PM on May 27

LeBron Takes Cavaliers to NBA Finals in First Season Back

Tristan Thompson's stock certainly is on the rise

With LeBron and Irving on the court hoisting 60 shots per game the Cavs need a player like Thompson who does everything else well without the ball much more than they need Love or JR Smith. Thompson is basically a more offensively talented version of what Dennis Rodman brought to the Jordan/Pippen led Bulls.

Just imagine if the Cavs hadn't traded for Love and also had Andrew Wiggins in the mix. Love is an exceptional player but his game duplicates skills the Cavs already have being essentially a 1st or 2nd offensive option player on a team that already has those roles filled for years to come. Wiggins running off the ball offensively is an ideal compliment to what the Cavs have and defensively he is far superior to Love.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And it's official

Love one of the first comments:
"He's getting older now and wants shorter seasons to spend more time with his family"

posted by cixelsyd at 03:01 PM on May 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Rumblings are that Mike Babcock is out of Detroit and on his way to Toronto.

If true much challenge, and money, awaits.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:42 PM on May 20

Kraft Says Patriots Won't Appeal DeflateGate Punishment

I think that Kraft knows that either A) they did it, or B) there's no way in hell it can be proven that they didn't do it.

Kraft sold out the team he owns

I would expect Kraft is pretty pissed with a few folks in his own organization for not properly informing him of some important details before he went on his initial tirade against the NFL in support of those same people.

Goodell will explain that Wells overlooked something or other in his report

Unless Wells comes out with some previously unreleased information in support of the Patriots claims it's not going to happen. Imagine the damage the optics of Goodell making a back room deal to kiss Kraft's ass would create. At best, Goodell praises Kraft for making a difficult decision for the betterment of the game.

The NFLPA continues it's appeal on behalf of Brady - it's what unions do for their members. I'd expect the appeal to be limited to the mechanics of the application of the suspension and stop short of any further investigation into Brady's involvement.

I see the outcome as Brady reluctantly agreeing to serve a reduced 2 game suspension.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:27 AM on May 20

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

can we all agree or explain where we disagree with this

The NFL must have a respected commissioner.

What if

Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft got together and agreed to resolve the issue internally.

The Patriots acknowledge breaking a rule that had zero impact on the outcome of a game that the offense was detected in. The NFL issues a fine and decides to review how relevant the rule is going forward.

Goodell (finally) comes across as a respected leader, and the Patriots a class organization and deserving champion.

No Wells report, no fake science, no fat guy nicknamed "the deflator".

posted by cixelsyd at 01:14 AM on May 16

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

an inviolable law of physics?

Are you basing your opinions on Robert Kraft's associate's initial explanation of physics or have you researched what scientific experts have presented?

Every reputable source of information points out that science proves the Patriots explanation as not possible.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:19 PM on May 15

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

admit a possibility that the case is not "clear cut"?

I guess I could approach this two ways:

I'll concur with 1).

2) would do nothing to prove the rules weren't intentionally broken.
I am assuming this is a response to proving the "Goodell and the NFL are intentionally targeting a flagship franchise (Patriots) and its most marketable player (Brady)" conspiracy theory.
The principle here is to enforce the rules of the game to ensure it's integrity.
If others are caught they should also be penalized accordingly.

When the news broke my first thought was the damage the Colts had done themselves by even mentioning anything after the way they were destroyed. Brady could have been throwing Jet-Puffed's and it would have had no bearing on the outcome. Enter Robert Kraft and his poorly executed attack on everyone non-Patriot. It's now crystal clear he did so without even investigating his own organization.
The "We are the Patriots, and we don't need to comply with or answer to anyone - We'll show the NFL who is boss" approach was and continues to be exothermic.

And unrelenting.
Until we get to the point where we are now.

It would appear Goodell and the NFL levied punishment based upon the circumstances surrounding the infraction rather than the infraction itself. A slap on the wrist penalty here would have been confirmation that the tail is wagging the dog.

It is highly probable that he got it right.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:48 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Chicago 7 +2

Tampa Bay 7 +2

Goals: Stamkos

PP Goals: Kucherov

Penalties: Shaw (Chicago)

Save %: Lundqvist

posted by cixelsyd at 11:46 AM on May 15

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Missing the point here.

I'll concede that Goodell has generally mishandled league PR issues during his tenure. If you buy into Goodell being the offender in this situation then the Patriots legal representatives and spin doctors are doing a better job than the league office.

This a clear cut case of official league rules being broken and the refusal of the offending parties to provide requested information in a league investigation. Information that would allow proper penalties being applied to the appropriate parties.

Goodell did not doctor the Patriots footballs and he did not hide evidence from an investigation.

What the heck could a third/fourth/fifth party do to resolve the situation? And if somehow the NFL was overruled on application of it's own performance rules would that be considered a positive outcome?

posted by cixelsyd at 11:36 AM on May 15

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Mr. McNally is a big fellow and had the opposite goal: to lose weight. "Deflate" was a term they used to refer to losing weight.

I now am officially considering approaching the Patriots for a new keyboard and 1/8th cup of coffee. I will provide photographic proof and also allow them access to specific messages of interest on my phone they deem required to resolve the situation.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:25 PM on May 14

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Net Savings to Patriots: $2,700,000

They also get the perfect opportunity to give a potential successor some playing time in winnable games. It's not all bad for the Patriots.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:40 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

the whole thing looks like a giant fiasco and a witch hunt

Don't cheat. No story, no fiasco.

The whole thing looks like a team cheating, getting caught, and refusing to accept responsibility. By a repeat offender.

Forget about the rule that was broken, whether you think it has any realistic bearing on the play, etc. It's a rule that all teams are to expected to abide by. Any team that deliberately breaks a rule is doing so to get an unfair advantage over an opponent. This destroys the integrity of the sport.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:23 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Punishment must be harsh to hopefully help them and the league see that if you break the rules, there are consequences


And hopefully the offenders, the NFL, and it's other members learn from this shit storm and come to the realization that all parties need to work to resolve any future occurrences appropriately together in a timely manner.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:09 PM on May 12

NFL Announces Punishment for Patriots' Deflated Balls

Brady has already said he will appeal. Also means the NFL will get those phone records.

If he does appeal and the phone records are revealed everyone gets the truth ... at last.

If an appeal requires the phone records be disclosed to the NFL Brady will not appeal. He could have doused this whole event way back when before it became a huge bonfire and most likely for a rather meaningless financial penalty. He chose not to.

The truth would be preferred, but ...

I'm betting he serves the penalty and comes back ready to play. Pats will still have 7 games against weak divisional opponents to qualify for the playoffs. And they didn't do too poorly the last time Brady was out anyways.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:22 PM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

LeBron might be the most capable player-coach possibility we've had in a while

Some would say he already is and has been starting with his previous stint in Cleveland where he had the previous coach fired.

No question he is the best option on the court offensively. Only 1 player in the league that can defend him well on a regular basis (Kawhi Leonard). As long as he wants the ball he should have it.

He is not capable of being a player coach because of his makeup. (His emotional involvement often results in defensive lapses .. someone needs to be in place to keep his head out of his ass).

If there ever is a player coach I'd suggest someone like Chris Paul, Tony Parker, or Tim Duncan would be a prime candidate (as would Steve Nash if he were still playing).

posted by cixelsyd at 01:14 PM on May 11

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

but prove it instead of weaving a tale fraught with holes


What holes are there?

Balls that were deliberately deflated to levels outside of the limits of the rules by Patriots employees were used during a game.

Considering it was a voluntary offering, he was offered the opportunity for his attorney to be in total control of the phone and to limit the inquiry to just a particular time period and on subject. The phone didn't need to leave the hands of him or his people for any moment at all. He chose not to even do that.

Makes no sense at all that someone would avoid the opportunity to prove their innocence.

.. Enter Brady's agent trying to deflect the entire event back on the NFL crying conspiracy. Only deepens the hole his client is already in.

The NFL conspiring to discredit one of the staples of it's brand?

Man up. Quickly. The longer this goes on the worse it gets for everyone involved.
If those involved had owned the responsibility when caught the whole issue would have been quickly dealt with.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:00 AM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

If my employer demanded my phone records I'd tell them to pound sand

If my employer's legal representative was investigating a crime where I was the prime suspect I'd have to comply to keep my job.

I'd also have no reason not to comply as I had already proclaimed my innocence and would want to prove my innocence.

If I was actually guilty and had been lying all along I'd realize it was time to man up.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:10 PM on May 06

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

... Waiting for Kraft to counter with another nonsensical response. And, of course, the blind eye treatment the Patriots will receive from the NFL.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:05 PM on May 06

Sources: Billy Donovan will coach the OKC Thunder

In the pre-Calipari Kentucky era Donovan won the recruiting battle in the SEC yearly. What I think elevates him above other college coaches and makes him a good fit for the NBA is his ability to get rosters loaded with top talent to play cohesively and unselfishly.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:55 AM on May 01