Recent Comments by cixelsyd

If Quebec builds a stadium, will the Nordiques come?

The NHL owned the rights to the Jets name and previous logo when they returned to Winnipeg. Not sure if True North had to pay the NHL to name the current squad.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:54 PM on October 05

If Quebec builds a stadium, will the Nordiques come?

why the CFL might not want to add a fifth East team in Quebec to balance the league's divisions

The CFL has a lot of trouble drawing fans anywhere but in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba (Toronto draws less than 15K fans per game on average and Montreal around 21K).

There has been a few exhibition games held in the maritime provinces that have reputations for strong support of their local university and professional affiliate leagues to gauge the interest there.

Thinking is Quebec City would not support anything other than an NHL franchise much like Toronto or Montreal.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 AM on October 05

If Quebec builds a stadium, will the Nordiques come?

Some apparently well placed sources (? is there such an animal) are reporting that Bettman wants Vegas and Seattle as new franchises and would like to keep Quebec in his back pocket to move a US franchise that hasn't or doesn't pan out (likely Phoenix, but possibly Vegas or Seattle).

The current state of the NHL as a business allows it to deal from a position of strength but it still seems like a gamble to pursue a franchise in a city that doesn't appear to want one (Seattle) rather than just put Quebec's money in the bank.

If there is any interest from Seattle they certainly have some leverage on reducing or eliminating any up front NHL franchise fees.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:03 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I hope it doesn't suck that much in the regular season, but I'm not going to hold my breath

I've watched a few 3 on 3 OT's as well ... that isn't hockey, it's similar to what one would see in a no contact beer league game where a few guys had already hit the showers to get an early start on the post game rituals.

Don't get me wrong, nothing is as bad as the "shootout", but what is wrong with simply awarding teams that tie with a single point? Both the shootout and 3 on 3 will have teams changing their rosters to add specialists to grab regular season points. Then the playoffs arrive and the specialists become a liability, as there is no longer any 3 on 3 and extra emphasis on 2 way play.

Do we really want to risk eliminating the best teams from the playoffs in favor of the teams with the best gimmicks?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:15 PM on October 02

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

(Oh crap, now the parser is going to have to deal with this!)

Prefix output with a delimiter that no spofi member would use in their picks and filter (ignore) that in python, perhaps:

!# Dallas at New Orleans: new orleans: 12 votes, 6.25 average spread / dallas: 5 votes, 4.80 average spread

.. the LOCK detection would appear to be the trickier task with all of the crafty entries.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:29 PM on October 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Good on AA.

Recovered from the Marlins trade and really took advantage of the opportunity this year to bolster the team with the Yankees and Red Sox in hold and rebuilding.

With Stroman returning, JD being JD, and a healthy return of Tulo the sky is the limit!

posted by cixelsyd at 11:43 PM on September 30

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 3

New York Jets by 7

Atlanta by 4

Buffalo by 8

Oakland by 6

Cincinnati by 7

Indianapolis by 14

Carolina by 11

Philadelphia by 9

San Diego by 4

Denver by 6

Arizona by 9

Green Bay by 17 (LOCK)

Dallas by 6

Seattle by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 05:35 PM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Ottawa by 8

Calgary by 4

Edmonton by 9

Sask by 6

posted by cixelsyd at 09:44 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The ballot for "baseball catch of the year" just added another (expected) name

And made it look rather routine.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:01 PM on September 27

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

New York Giants by 4

Oakland by 4

Atlanta by 4

Indianapolis by 7

St. Louis by 3

San Diego by 7

New England by 17 LOCK

New York Jets by 10

Carolina by 7

Cincinnati by 7

Houston by 4

Arizona by 10

Buffalo by 12

Seattle by 10

Denver by 7

Green Bay by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 03:22 PM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 10

Edmonton by 14

Ottawa by 3

Montreal by 8

posted by cixelsyd at 11:48 AM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

OH MY GOD how are we not doing this with the balls yet?

RFID does have limitations, and there is at least 1 NFL stadium where the reliability of anything radio frequency based is suspect.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:48 AM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Denver by 4

Buffalo by 3

Arizona by 10

Cincinnati by 5

Tennessee by 10

Detroit by 3

New Orleans by 10

NYG by 3

49ers by 3

St.Louis by 10

Carolina by 4

Baltimore by 6 - Lock

Miami by 4

Philadelphia by 7

Green Bay by 3

Indianapolis by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 11:02 PM on September 16

Eli Manning Told Running Back Not to Score

That game seemed like the QBs had reversed roles.

Eli has had a penchant for coming thru in the clutch, at least in big games, and Romo has had the unfortunate tag of making the one bad play that costs the game, even though he likely is the most valuable QB for his team aside from Aaron Rodgers.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:34 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Calgary by 10

Hamilton by 12

Ottawa by 8

Winnipeg by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 01:17 PM on September 15

Moses Malone, three time NBA MVP, passes away

"Fo, Fo, Fo .."

Still remember watching that interview.

Had the opportunity to very briefly meet Moses at a Sixers rookie camp at St.Joe's back in the summer of 84. Arrived early to watch a rookie scrimmage and walked in to see Moses helping out a couple of women's college players with shooting drills. Came across as a real down to earth guy and was very approachable, a sharp contrast to the "get out of my way or I'll tear your head off" type of intense persona he had on the basketball court.

I was also amazed at how I had thought he absolutely had to be 3 inches taller and 90 lbs heavier just by the way he dominated the paint .. for some reason his somewhat slight size hadn't registered previously.

Possibly the best rebounder ever.


posted by cixelsyd at 07:01 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Hamilton by 14

Saskatchewan by 10

Edmonton by 7

Ottawa by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 05:10 PM on September 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

if you lose the lock, -3


posted by cixelsyd at 01:42 PM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The "Baltimore" and "Ravens" formations used by the Patriots were illegal but Belichuk correctly guessed the on-field officials would not be wise to the scheme. Harbaugh knew what notification was required for eligible/non-eligible players but got flagged with a penalty trying to inform the officials of the rules.

Played a major part in a 35-31 victory for the Patriots.

The league has officially banned the formations and informed the teams involved.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:42 PM on September 08

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

Deflatriots by 4

Indy by 10

Green Bay by 8

Seattle by 4

Jets by 3

Miami by 8

Carolina by 4

Houston by 3

Arizona by 4

San Diego by 3

Baltimore by 6

Cincy by 12

Tampa Bay by 3

Giants by 8

Philadelphia by 7

Minnesota by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 02:47 PM on September 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 3

Winnipeg by 7

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 04:15 PM on September 02

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