Recent Comments by cixelsyd

Vegas Golden Knights Advance to Stanley Cup Final

Were there similar issues in years since when other warm weather teams were in the Finals?

Not at the rinks where this system is deployed. Standard equipment in the Curling world (can I mention Curling on Spofi?) it is being used in several NHL rinks.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:26 PM on May 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Buff has done that a few times during these playoffs. The interesting thing is he is always playing peace keeper and pulling guys out of the scrum rather than creating one.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:17 AM on May 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Golden State in 6

Top: Harden

Bottom: J Johnson (Houston)

posted by cixelsyd at 03:14 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Wow. Voted as the league's top coach by his peers and fired by his GM. Casey milked that squad for everything it had and turned a 5th or 6th place team into a division winner. What a mess the Raptors are.

The reality is that in today's NBA teams like Toronto either need to score big in the draft or they don't have a chance as all of the big free agents typically only want to play in the 5 or 6 biggest markets.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:02 PM on May 11

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Tampa Bay in 6: OVEchkin (goals), Kucherov (points)

Winnipeg in 6 : Laine (Goals), Wheeler (points)

e-mail updated

posted by cixelsyd at 03:50 PM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Was at a Jets 1.0 game many decades ago and saw LaFleur both torch the Jets for a goal and sneak a smoke in the penalty box. Unbelievable.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:40 PM on May 01

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Really late but will submit my pick for the remaining series

Cleveland in 6 - James +1 +1

posted by cixelsyd at 06:28 PM on May 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Back in my college days a group of us used to stay after practice until the coaching staff left and play a game we called powerhouse. It was 1 on 1, 1 on 2, 2 on 2 - whatever. Basically "anything goes" rules applied; there were never any punches thrown, but a whole lot of bruising involved .. fouls were expected and never called.

As I remember the contest was always decided by the players. Got me thinking that the NBA might be better off sending the officials off the court at 2 minutes remaining.

Nothing is more annoying than spending 2 or 3 hours watching a great game between 2 teams to have the outcome decided by the officials and not the teams. And it's become pretty much standard fare in the NBA.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:14 PM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Credit to Lebron for that play. If the officials - including the one 3 feet away from that play with a clear view - aren't going to blow the whistle in the non-home team's favor near the end of games may as well hack / grab / goaltend / whatever it takes to win.

Not the first time and won't be the last.

NBA Officiating really ruins the games.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:43 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Lost in all of the discussion about TO's sports teams is the fact that the Argonauts beat heavy odds in winning the 2017 Grey Cup and are likely to be the Eastern Conference favorite again this year.

They are an exciting team, all they need is some fan support.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:30 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

TFC came oh so close to winning that in regulation .. striker had too much time and blasted the late opportunity over the net when a nudge would have secured the win.

Leafs growing pains were highlighted in game 7. Anderson can't be expected to steal all 4 victories in a series and the Leafs were brutal defensively as a team throughout. Too much blame was directed Gardner's way when it appears like the entire forward group outside of Marleau were taught defensive zone play by Phil Kessel ("don't go there"). And when your best player in a series besides your goaltender is 38 year old free agent Marleau there is a lot of work yet to get to the next level. Biggest worry at this point is how long Anderson can continue to will this team to victory on a nightly basis while the youth develops.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:46 AM on April 26

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Winnipeg in 6, Wheeler +1

Vegas in 6, Couture +2

Tampa Bay in 6, Kucherov +1

Washington in 7, Crosby +1

posted by cixelsyd at 10:29 AM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

You mean tomorrow night, right? Yes...

or, yesterday I meant tomorrow night, or ..

I don't know what I mean.

I think you get it, though.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:32 AM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Probably a lot of Blue Jays tickets for the taking tonight ...

posted by cixelsyd at 12:39 PM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

A no-hitter against any pro team is huge. Against the 2018 Red Sox to date is remarkable.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:09 AM on April 22

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday

Houston in 4 - Harden +1 +1

Oklahoma City in 7 - Westbrook +1

Portland in 5 - A.Davis +1

Golden State in 5 - Durant +2 +1

Toronto in 6 - DeRozan +2 +1

Cleveland in 6 - James +1 +1

Philadelphia in 6 - Simmons +1

Milwaukee in 6 - Antetokounmpo +1

posted by cixelsyd at 11:55 AM on April 14

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Winnipeg in 5 +2

Pittsburgh in 6 +2

Vegas in 7 +1

Tampa Bay in 6 +1

Boston in 6 +1

Washington in 6 +2

Nashville in 5 +1

San Jose in 7 +1

Hatrick Laine

posted by cixelsyd at 06:07 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Canadiens have been completely dependent upon Price for the last decade.
They've often rushed him back from injury and he looks like a very tired athlete.
It is a crime the way management runs that team with Price being the biggest victim.

If they could only hire a GM with Hockey sense and trade for players based on merit rather than entirely on the language they speak.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:32 PM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


It's a true shame that Ottawa got an NHL franchise, built a solid roster, and were developing a devoted fan base.

Melnyk needs to realize he is not in Toronto where no matter how bad the team is it will always sell out every game and be hugely profitable. Perhaps the community can bond together and setup a Purchase the Senators Go Fund Me page. Or maybe the NHL can step in and broker some sort of deal with a legitimate ownership party.

At least those in attendance got to see some classic Eric Karlsson. Unfortunately it was likely the last time in a Senators uniform as there is no way Eugene would lower himself to pay Karlsson what he is truly worth to the franchise.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:26 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, enforcers aren't the answer with players of Marchand's ilk. He isn't ever going to battle anyone face to face so you're then left with the only option of another goon act in retaliation .. which solves nothing.

It's up to the NHL to enforce it's rules, and stiffen the rules for vicious acts and repeat offenders. Like Johansson said, eventually he ends someone's career. Hopefully the little dirt bag doesn't paralyze or kill someone in the process.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:22 AM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Not good - for anyone - that the NHL gives him a pass for a cross check to the face. If he feels he's got some rope he'll only amp up his act and hurt his team when it is depending on him. And the other dude, well, he got cross checked in the face.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:48 PM on April 02

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

echoing bb's take here ..

Bennett is an excellent coach who needs to become a better recruiter. No other team from the ACC plays team defense the way that Virginia does. No other coach in that conference develops players defensively better. But Virginia needs to have a player they can go to on offense when they are having difficulty scoring.

I'm not saying to sell out and become yet another 1 and done factory. There are a lot of talented offensive players who may not be 5 star recruits that would fit well. Recruit a few then focus on how to get players looks on offense.

Above all do not forget that Jairus Lyles had a game for the ages. He did not sit outside the 3 point line and hit easy 3's ... every shot he took was contested. That was a performance that brought back memories of Kemba Walker and Danny Manning. Unstoppable. Did not matter who the opponent was, he wasn't taking the L.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:25 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Well, they won the play in, so they are around for at least another game.

You want painful? Watch Duke trying to execute the Syracuse zone on defense. The only thing they get right is having Bagley close to the basket and somewhat sheltered from opportunity to foul.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:41 AM on March 15

Seahawks Release Richard Sherman

With Sherman it's all just constant noise and hard to remember specific incidents. He's an over-achiever who benefited greatly from the defensive scheme he played in and some truly spectacular players he played with.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:46 AM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"The committee" over values the ACC such that it's teams are assumed to have "quality wins" even if they win less than half of their conference games.

USC is similar to St.Mary's in that "the committee" isn't crazy about the conference they play in.

Other snubs are Oklahoma State and Baylor who play in a power conference which is strong top to bottom and had similar records.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:00 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


And nothing else.

ACC is weak this year and Syracuse really bad. And they were selected over a team that had a 28-5 record because that team can't get the big schools to play against it and is then penalized for their weak non-conference schedule.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:39 AM on March 12

Roger Bannister has Passed Away

Nova Scotia is still beautiful. A late September visit with a drive along the Cabot Trail needs to be on everyone's list.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:52 PM on March 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Smith is one of many of Lebron's whipping boys in Cleveland.

Guy isn't a superstar but would be a great add on a lot of teams.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:49 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Man I hope this guy gets a legit shot at the NFL. Always in the right position and a proven big game player.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:43 PM on March 03

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt

Consider a young person who comes from a situation in the lower socio-economic bracket

Exactly. It's great that some of the kids get the opportunity to attend college where they otherwise could not. But for some of these kids their parent(s) might never have an opportunity to see them play on the big stage unless they make it to the NBA. The NCAA can create TV ads that run 4 times an hour that feature the same kid in pumping it's product, but it's against the rules for his/her college to arrange for the parent(s) to see the same kid play in an NCAA game.

I don't think this is true anymore

Oh, it's true, it all depends on which program the athlete is part of. Athletes of programs that abide by the NCAA rules get nothing. Some programs have their own methods and "booster clubs" to get around the rules.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:32 AM on March 01

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt

The NCAA makes billions off of college athletes. They make money off of selling the rights to athletes photos, video footage, and likeness to corporate entities. The athlete becomes "owned" by the NCAA for the duration of the college career and partially owned afterwards.

Secondly, the NCAA rules and rule enforcement are a joke. High profile programs where athletes get hundred thousand dollar interest free loans (Duke) or have been proven to have created a culture of academic deception (North Carolina) and others are never punished whereas others are prohibited from participation in playoffs because their athletes overall GPA's have dipped below a threshold.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:41 AM on February 28

Jerry Jones is Not as Powerful as He Thought

Goodell deserves every penny he makes simply for having to deal with the gigantic egos of the many entitled rich owners who feel they are beyond reproach because of their wealth.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:13 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

No no no. She a much better fit as a Fox Noise caster.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:25 AM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

From a former coach who is often frustrated to no end by LeBron James and his "King James" attitude towards basketball I sure have a much deeper appreciation for LeBron the person for the way he responded to various issues in the past week.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:26 PM on February 19

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

did the Cavs get better with these deals?

Much better. They purged a bunch of aging all-stars who never fit and were in Cavs uniforms only because they were LeBron's buddies and they got rid of IT who LeBron didn't approve of.

I think the question is not how long it takes them to gel but rather whether Lue can prevent them from being tainted by the situation in Cleveland for at least the next 3 months. They would have an excellent chance in the East playoffs and they have a solid roster to build on once LeBron is gone.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:17 PM on February 12

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I suppose from a business/financial standpoint it could be a good move for the Lakers even if they never make the playoffs during LeBron's term.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:31 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

If the Lakers were anywhere near a playoff caliber team with a strong nucleus and another star player or 2, like both the Heat and the Cavs were, it makes sense. You can rest the old guy during the season and save him for a deep playoff run. But the Lakers aren't anywhere near that. Their best players, Ingram/Hart/Ball, are just entering the NBA and won't reach their potential for another 2 or 3 years.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:40 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Wonder why?

Good point.

Maybe LA has such a huge fixation on LeBron as a player that they ignore everything else just to sign him. They also ignore the fact that they would be tying the future of their franchise to a 34 year old aging star player and the previous similar experiments with Karl Malone, Steve Nash, and Gary Payton. Not to mention their experience with Kobe where they never made the playoffs in the 4 years after he turned 34 and never seriously challenged for a championship after he was 31.

I think they go hard after Paul George and go hard on a few RFAs. Hell, event Kevin Durant makes a whole lot more sense than James.

But wouldn't it be great as Celtics fan to have the Lakers end up holding the Queen of Spades.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:00 AM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

So, the Lakers will have Thomas and Ball as their point guards?


LeBron is working on a deal to get all of the Ball brothers into Cavs uniforms for the 2019 season, at the same time working a major network deal for a team based prime time reality show.

Then he plans to run for US President in 2020.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:25 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

LeBron runs Cleveland - he decides who the coach is, who they trade for, who they draft. He also decides what plays they run and when he wants to play defense. He is an immense talent but has become an uncontrollable monster due to the way he has been handled in Cleveland and nobody wants to play with him there.

Would LA be able to erase all of the fringe drama and get James to simply focus on playing the game hard in a team environment? I really doubt it.

Does Paul George sign with the Lakers if he knows LeBron is going there? I doubt that also.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:33 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Things worked out well for Thomas.
IT is free of the LeBron's "me" show in Cleveland and can be a big part of a young rebuilding team in LA.

The move also confirms that the Lakers have no interest whatsoever in James as a free agent which will allow James to take his unique set of "talents" elsewhere.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:42 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Patriots now canvassing Cape Cod taverns searching for a new DC in the Patricia tradition

The Patriots had a DC?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:33 PM on February 08

Super Bowl 0x34

I listened to the first 3 quarters on Westwood One with Harlan, Boomer, and Mike Holmgren. Fabulous coverage and commentary.

I watched the 4th quarter and yes, Collinsworth doesn't ever seem to have a clue what is coming out of his mouth until it's actually been delivered ...

posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 PM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

Eagles by 17 **LOCK** +10

FIRST FG: J. Elliot (PHI) +5

FIRST TD: Blount (PHI)




SACK: Barnett (PHI)


OOPS: Brady (NE)

MVP: Foles (PHI) +5


posted by cixelsyd at 12:05 PM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


posted by cixelsyd at 09:08 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Pats offense gets too many soft calls. Yes. It seems every big comeback the Patriots are involved in begins with some bogus call like that one.

I did not see the game but was listening on the Pats radio network. Even the Pats radio announcers commented on that call and a missed PI call on Chung that ended a Jags drive in the 4th.

Really, they are good enough to earn it.

but he's a viable choice for the Jags in 2018 Bortles is a QB who can be a good game manager in the right offense: strong running game and short play action passes. For whatever reason the Jags abandoned that in the 2nd half and focused on trying to throw the ball downfield. Ended up being weakness vs weakness with the Pats secondary prevailing.

This is more of a knock on the play calling than Bortles as you can't expect he'll suddenly turn into Aaron Rodgers mid-game. Hell, even Green Bay would run the ball more if they had LF.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:24 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

JAX by 9

Minn by 5






posted by cixelsyd at 01:11 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Amazed at the Steelers' apparent lack of preparation from coaching and all the way throughout the roster. That game was over before it started. Bortles pass completion percentage is near single digits beyond 12 yards in the best of conditions but the Steelers let the Jags run the short play action pass all day. Why in hell were they lining up the corners 15 yards off the line of scrimmage? You have a huge quarterback but run draw plays on 3rd and 4th and less than a yard? On-side kick because you are facing a team and a quarterback with no playoff experience .. at home?

Good for the Jags. They earned it.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:58 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Philadelphia by 9 LOCK

New England by 4

Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 10 LOCK

The quarterback with the most passing yards: BIG BEN (PIT) +5

The player with the most rushing yards: Bell (PIT)

The player with the most receiving yards: A.Brown (PIT)

A player who will get a sack: D.Morgan (TEN)

The team that will score the most points: Pittsburgh

posted by cixelsyd at 04:05 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The thing that impressed me about Saban was that once he made the decision he stuck with it. The kid played far from what would be considered a clean and disciplined game but made more plays than mistakes in the end.

Georgia's coaching staff, on the other hand, essentially shut Fromm down with what I would call a prevent offense: they decided not to try and win but to try not to lose. Running the ball every down in the 2nd half and only attempting passes on 3rd and long when you are at a distinct disadvantage on both sides of the line makes no sense, especially when all of Georgia's offensive success came from Fromm's ability to hit receivers which opened up the play action run game.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:22 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Be interesting to see the entire list of free agent values and would bet it would be heavily skewed towards the negative. Outside of maybe an absolute ace starter in his prime a free agent is really just an expensive way of plugging a hole created by a deficiency in an organization's development system.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:14 PM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

True, but the Patriots are playing Mariota who can have his moments.

Steelers, on the other hand, drew Bortles who must have been drafted because of his prowess at the shot put.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

KC by 7 LOCK

Rams by 9

JAX by 10

NO by 8

QB: Brees +5

RB: Gurley

WR: Jones (ATL)

INT: Bouye (JAX)

PTS: Rams

posted by cixelsyd at 12:17 PM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

Congrats tron, and thanks again rcade.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:58 AM on January 05

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

Winter can be great if you find ways to enjoy it WPG 2018. Biggest gripes up here are not enough snow and temperatures during the winter season that melt the snow prohibiting winter activities.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:22 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Interesting .. and I get your angle ... BUT

Mount Union actually was allowed to compete for the National Championship of the league they played in based upon their on field performance. Not because of the conference they are in or how much gate or merchandise revenue they haul in.

DivIII has 32 teams playing for the championship. No doubt there are probably a few non-merit based berths each year but the entire format is not bastardized like CFP is.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:34 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Huge money schools will never schedule lesser known schools with good programs and thus are selected on reputation alone.

It made no difference if UCF went undefeated this year. They could go undefeated again next year but with the current selection algorithms have already been eliminated from any chance of competing for the "CFP Championship". Auburn, who UCF just beat, and Mississippi State both lost 4 games this year but are already in the running and likely a lock next year even if they both lose 2 games.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:39 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

UCF has completed an undefeated season by beating Auburn. Auburn beat both of the teams that will be playing in the big-money schools championship.

The winner of the money-game will be declared the CFP Champion.

UCF is the clear National Champion.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:20 PM on January 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

Detroit BY 7 LOCK

Indianapolis BY 3

Minnesota BY 14 New England BY 9 LOCK

Washington BY 4

Philadelphia BY 6

Pittsburgh BY 3

Carolina BY 4

Kansas City BY 6 LOCK

Jacksonville BY 3

San Francisco BY 4

Buffalo BY 10 LOCK

L.A. Chargers BY 3

Seattle BY 9 LOCK

New Orleans BY 10 LOCK

Baltimore BY 9 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 09:51 PM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Upside to this is he won't be able to continue a $5K per day blow and champagne habit on a CFL salary.

That is IF he can actually cut it in the CFL.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:29 AM on December 29