Recent Comments by cixelsyd

Senators acquire Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in nine-player deal

Toronto just took a massive dump on the Senators.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:16 PM on February 09

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Congrats tron and thanks rcade.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 AM on February 09

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Would have liked the score to be closer to add a bit more suspense in the 4th quarter but I actually really enjoyed the game. Some all time great defensive performances on both sides most notably Ealy and Norman for the Panthers and Miller, Ware and Roby for Denver.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:15 AM on February 09

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Carolina by 8 - LOCK

Total score: 26 points

Kicker: Gano

1st TD: Newton

Passing Yards: Newton

Rushing Yards: Anderson

Receiving Yards: Olsen

Sack: Von Miller

Interception: Kuechly

Turnover: Newton

MVP: Newton

Contest Winner: cixelsyd

posted by cixelsyd at 04:29 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

How Polybutadiene Made the Super Bowl What It Is

posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

First Barry Sanders now Calvin.

All time great talent, in my books the 2nd best receiver ever. Sad that he had to be so good that he positioned himself to be drafted by the Lions. Sadder that he decided in 2012 to be loyal to the organization and sign an extension when he could have played elsewhere.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:44 PM on January 31

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Who knows...

Well, the Patriots are not a ball control team. When they win it is because of their passing game racking up big numbers .. or because Pete Carroll is coaching their opposition. Hard to abandon that in a big game.

If the margin was less than 8 points Denver would have run different offensive plays rather than playing prevent offense in the 4th quarter. Denver did have success moving the ball when they needed to.

If they were to play again next week I'm certain the Patriots game plan would be the same with an expectation that the best players will make enough plays to win.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:01 AM on January 25

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Kind of expected Manning to be the QB who had the rough game based upon his season and overall health. He was rock solid.

Probably the worst performance by Brady I've seen. He played scared.

Although the Patriots O line and receivers didn't rate much better.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:58 PM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Guess it was Blatt's fault for the lack of desire that LeBron and Irving have to co-exist. Must also be his fault that Kevin Love isn't capable of, or interested in, defending anyone.

I'm thinking Blatt must have attempted to tune up some of the Cavs "stars" after they played like a junior college team against the Warriors (and rightly so) and the "stars" were not happy about it.

Tyronn Lue.

Here I'd figured all available tires in Cleveland had already been burnt by the Browns.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:58 AM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Denver by 7 - Lock

Carolina by 6 - Lock

Pick the team with the most total yards. - Denver

Pick the team with the most turnovers - NE

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards. - Brady

Pick the player with the most rushing yards. - CJ Anderson

Pick the player with the most receiving yards. - Fitzgerald

Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. - DeMarcus Ware

Pick a player who will get an interception. - Kurt Coleman

posted by cixelsyd at 03:32 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Together individually they will have competed a total of 32 times.

They will have appeared in 28 of the 50 Superbowls played.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:33 PM on January 21

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Tony Romo has been sacked twice exactly like Burfict tackled Roethlisberger

Interesting you bring that up. I was looking at some stats on roughing the passer penalties as a basis for my comments (opinions) and found that Romo can be grouped in with Ben, Newton et all for least supporting calls. Style wise he is similar to Brady, Brees yet he doesn't seem to get the same type of protection from the officials.

Perhaps he's just crafty enough to put himself into dangerous situations that his body type cannot tolerate.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:54 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Roethlisberger did.

I wouldn't expect him to. Ben and the Steelers just never get beat in street fight type contests. Harder he gets hit the better he is.

I don't have a huge issue with that hit.

The hit on Brown was brutal. Took an MVP candidate out of the playoffs, and also wasted what may be Cincy's only decent playoff opportunity in the past 20 years and for many years to come.

Worse yet took 2 solid teams out of contention for the AFC title.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:42 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Rules are applied "selectively" to differently QBs in the NFL - Ben, Wilson, Cam Newton, Kaepernick (?does he still play in the NFL) to name a few are players who are treated like any other position on the field probably because they are tough enough to both endure and occasionally deliver physical punishment.

If that hit was on Brady or Brees guaranteed Burfict gets 15 yards and possibly tossed from the game simply because of who they are.

Regardless it's hard to argue with the video evidence Etrigan presents above.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:09 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Prior to the Burfict assaults many considered Pittsburgh the team to beat in the AFC. Would have been a great game with a reasonably healthy Brown and Ben.

Patriots typically scheme really well for playoff games. In previous match ups with Manning strategy has always been to force the run read and limit the damage Peyton inflicts and with much recent success. This time the Patriots biggest weakness (secondary) will benefit from the Broncos lack of stretch game unless Manning can turn the clock back a few years and hit a deep route or 2.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:10 PM on January 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

NoMich - I believe Mathieu is out for the season.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:43 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

Kansas City by 8

Arizona by 11 - LOCK

Carolina by 3

Denver by 9 - LOCK

QB: Palmer (AZ)

RB: Ware (KC)

RX: Fitzgerald (AZ)

INT: Eric Berry (KC)

posted by cixelsyd at 03:19 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One of the dumber things to come out of the Bengals/Steelers game wasAdam Jones' insistence

posted by cixelsyd at 02:07 PM on January 15

49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach

Looking to win the first spot in the draft.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:01 AM on January 15

49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach

Well he landed in SF where personnel have been making their own decisions since the 49ers organization shit the bed on Harbaugh.

Free agents? The bay area is a great place to live but safe to say you won't be attracting any players with a burning desire to win a championship within the next 5 or 6 years during the rebuild / salvage.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:14 PM on January 14

49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach

It will be harder for Kelly to jettison talented players from the 49ers

Are you inferring this is because legendary football geniuses Jed York and Trent Baalke are maintaining personnel control or because all of the good players that had any means of bailing on the 49ers have already done so?

I'm setting the O/U for 2016 at 3 Wins.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:37 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

the Minnesota attempt to challenge the spot of the ball early in 2nd quarter

I kind of figured it could only be a ploy to halt any momentum Seattle was gaining and to make the the Seattle offense stand around in the freezing cold during the review.

But I agree, there was no chance the call is overturned.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:15 PM on January 11

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

McCarron played well in the 4th quarter, but let's not forget how ineffective he was for the first three

But he was good in the 4th. Good enough to win.

Bengals haven't seen that in 4 Dalton playoff appearances.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:20 PM on January 11

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

Bengals have 2 problems to resolve going forward.

Bad problem:

Their key players have proven once again they cannot handle the pressure of big games and self destruct. They can't count on Burfict and Jones in big moments.

Would suck to be Marvin Lewis .. do you leave these guys on the field knowing you are flirting with disaster or do you have to sit them when you need them most?

Good problem:

Well, partially.

AJ McCarron was rock solid and continued to look like he is becoming a franchise QB.

Except they just gave Andy Dalton a huge contract and have committed to him until 2020.

By mid next season Cincy will be paying $15M avg per season to their backup QB for the next 4 seasons.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:00 AM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Hoyer is spectacularly bad.

Houston is spectacularly bad. Brutal, in fact. Possibly the worst playoff team the NFL has ever seen.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:32 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

49ers talking to Chip Kelly about coaching vacancy ...

Management and ownership have displayed great ability to run all of the good players on the roster out of town or into retirement. Don't know why they are looking to add a coach whose only strengths are in the same area.

Probably take a boatload of cash to get any decent coaching candidates to apply for the role which works in Kelly's favor.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:01 AM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

KC by 7

Pittsburgh by 7 - LOCK

Seattle by 17 - LOCK

Green Bay by 3

QB YDS: Ben Roethlisberger

RB YDS: Adrian Peterson

RX YDS: Antonio Brown

SACK: JJ Watt

posted by cixelsyd at 06:21 PM on January 07

Baseball Hall of Fame adds "The Kid" and the catcher in 2016.

I consider 99.3% as unanimous.

Got to be the same dumb ass Yankee writers with the legacy agenda again.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:50 PM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

49ers could have kept Harbaugh and in the process continued to field a competitive team and avoided a pile of defections and retirements of key talent.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:16 AM on January 04

Tide open as TD favorites vs. Tigers

Alabama has dominant offensive and defensive lines. Clemson secondary is leaky when opposing QBs are given any time. Unless Coker lays a humongous turd this one should be over before the half.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:46 PM on January 03

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Atlanta by 7

N.Y. Jets by 7

Detroit by 7

Cincinnati by 14 - LOCK

Pittsburgh by 10

Washington by 3

Indianapolis by 3

New England by 7

Philadelphia by 4

Houston by 10

Denver by 3

Kansas City by 4

Arizona by 7

St. Louis by 11

Carolina by 8

Minnesota by 9 - 42

posted by cixelsyd at 09:24 PM on January 01

Eagles fire Chip Kelly

Kelly ran the show as if he'd already won 3 superbowls and everyone needed to worship his presence. He destroyed a team with a lot of potential.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:47 PM on December 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Oakland by 4

Washington by 6

Carolina by 9

Buffalo by 3

Detroit by 10

Houston by 8

Kansas City by 7

Miami by 4

New England by 9

Tampa Bay by 4

Pittsburgh by 13 - LOCK

New Orleans by 2

Arizona by 8

Seattle by 4

Minnesota by 8

Denver by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 01:45 AM on December 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

St. Louis by 3

Dallas by 3

Houston by 7

Minnesota by 4

New England by 18 - LOCK

Carolina by 4

Buffalo by 6

Atlanta by 3

Kansas City by 13

Green Bay by 4

Seattle by 20

Pittsburgh by 7

Miami by 4

Cincinnati by 8

Arizona by 11

Detroit by 6

posted by cixelsyd at 02:24 PM on December 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 8

Chicago by 4

Pittsburgh by 8

San Francisco by 3

Kansas City by 7

Detroit by 5

N.Y. Jets by 8

Buffalo by 7

Tampa Bay by 4

Carolina by 4

Indianapolis by 7

Seattle by 14 - LOCK

Denver by 7

Green Bay by 7

Houston by 6

N.Y. Giants by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 02:31 PM on December 09

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings

At least 1 cup remains in Winnipeg .. Thanks, Dr.J.

Congrats argoal!

posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 AM on December 07

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Green Bay by 9

Buffalo by 4

Chicago by 10 (LOCK)

Cincinnati by 7

Tennessee by 3

Arizona by 7

Miami by 4

Seattle by 3

N.Y. Giants by 4

Atlanta by 7

Oakland by 7

Denver by 7

New England by 10

Carolina by 11

Pittsburgh by 9

Washington by 6

posted by cixelsyd at 01:08 PM on December 03

David Price signs largest pitching contract in MLB history.

Price is a proven ace who can be counted on for 15 plus wins a season.

Stroman is a talented young pitcher with a whole lot of confidence and an arsenal of pitches. He needs to stay injury and substance free and the sky is the limit.

Jays lose a key piece on a squad built to win today.

Not sure Price is enough to turn around the Red Sox.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:22 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I also thought the Pats played remarkably well with the injuries they had on offense and on the road.

Refs made 6 calls against the Broncos for 46 yards and 5 calls against the Patriots for 47. Hardly points to any obvious advantage and also results in a contest most fans are interested in: the players deciding the game and not the officials.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:40 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If the Patriots lose it's always officiating and Goodell ... except that the Broncos had equally as many bad calls or no calls in that game.

Had absolutely nothing to do with the fact the Patriots were playing on the road without half of their offensive weapons against a pretty decent team, right?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:24 PM on November 30

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Ottawa by 4

Burris

Over

542

posted by cixelsyd at 05:32 PM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Detroit by 7

Carolina by 9

Green Bay by 4

Minnesota by 3

Cincinnati by 4

Oakland by 7

Tampa Bay by 3

Kansas City by 4

N.Y. Jets by 5

N.Y. Giants by 9

Jacksonville by 2

New Orleans by 3

Arizona by 14 - LOCK

Seattle by 7

Denver by 4

Baltimore by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 10:11 PM on November 25

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 10

Edmonton by 7

Burris

Ottawa

posted by cixelsyd at 10:03 AM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Tennessee by 4

Atlanta by 10

Denver by 4

Oakland by 3

Miami by 7

Philadelphia by 11

Carolina by 9 (LOCK)

St. Louis by 4

Houston by 3

Kansas City by 14

Minnesota by 3

Seattle by 13

Arizona by 10

New England by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"We're building around James Harden and Dwight Howard," Morey said. "We know they're winners. We know we can win with them. I'm not concerned with them."

Guess management and ownership were on vacation and missed last year's playoffs.

Harden was easily reduced to a player the opponents wanted to possess and shoot (or turn over) the ball. Howard was better than usual but still carries the tag of someone without a burning desire to win.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:44 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

But he did have to coach Dwight Howard.

Which makes him a bad coach .. until he gets an opportunity to coach a team that doesn't have Dwight Howard.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:23 AM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

J J Watt says the "Red Rifle" became a Red Ryder BB Gun, and Andy Dalton cries that Watt lacks integrity. Integrity?

Reflects badly on both of them. Always thought Watt had more class than that. Maybe he just needs to avoid immediate post game interviews.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:43 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Bengals looked like they were in playoff mode last night.

But then again, they were up against a playoff team

... the ... Texans ...

?????

posted by cixelsyd at 11:23 AM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

What was the rule applied on the last Giants TD / no -TD?

Catch an control, 2 feet down in end zone before the ball was pried loose. It would seem that the ruling would be similar to that of a catch and control, 2 feet in before going out of bounds. Is the rule different if a receiver stays in bounds?

posted by cixelsyd at 04:06 PM on November 16

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Toronto by 6

Calgary by 9

Kicker: Paredes

Over

posted by cixelsyd at 10:21 AM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Buffalo by 3

Green Bay by 10

Carolina by 8

St. Louis by 4

Philadelphia by 6

Pittsburgh by 5

Dallas by 8

New Orleans by 7

Baltimore by 6

Minnesota by 8

Denver by 4

N.Y. Giants by 6

Arizona by 5

Cincinnati by 11 - LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 10:19 AM on November 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congrats to jags for winning by a converted touchdown ... or 7 missed field goals, not sure which.

And thanks again DrJ

posted by cixelsyd at 11:06 PM on November 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 14

Miami by 4

St. Louis by 8

New England by 21

New Orleans by 21

New York Jets by 8

Pittsburgh by 4

Carolina by 4

Atlanta by 21 - LOCK

Giants by 10

Denver by 7

Philadelphia by 13

San Diego by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 11:36 PM on November 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Toronto by 11

Ottawa by 10

BC by 13

Montreal by 11

posted by cixelsyd at 09:54 AM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Anquan Boldin? Not a long term solution but would be a huge upgrade on the current roster. He can run routes and catch the ball, rarely below a 60% target to catch ratio ... and playing on a team with a QB who can't get him (or anyone else) the ball.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:29 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Panthers are really good for a team without any pro level wide receivers. Carolina management is wasting a lot of great players in their prime by not filling that void.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:23 AM on November 03

Steve Williams: Tiger Woods Treated Me Like a Slave

Maybe we should set up a youcaring fundraiser for poor Steve to assist with the long term emotional therapy he requires.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:14 PM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

quote about his high-and-tight opening pitch to Alcides Escobar:

Pretty easy for him to throw at the batters head when surrounded by his guys. Pussy move.

Got a batter who is honed in on the plate? A few inside pitches are in order. Throwing at a batter's head on the first pitch is trash.

Time for a rule where the batter gets first base and the pitcher takes an early shower for that kind of crap.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:12 PM on October 31

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.

I believe Toronto leans heavily to the unconventional market and AA recognized this and acted accordingly. It's the team ownership that doesn't appear to have a clue what direction to go and never fully empowers or trusts the people it hires.

I think Shapiro made a real bad move accepting a job in Toronto. He is also very good at what he does but his approach suits a conventional market where fans and ownership will buy into a longer term build strategy and support the team in the process.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:50 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

BC by 9

Calgary by 17

Ottawa by 10

Edmonton by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 05:27 PM on October 29