Ottawa by 10 (against TO)
Hamilton by 10
Calgary by 4
Winnipeg by 7
Toronto by 5
posted by cixelsyd at 12:04 PM on October 06
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
Ottawa by 8
Edmonton by 9
Sask by 6
posted by cixelsyd at 09:44 AM on September 30
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
New York Giants by 4
Oakland 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
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
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 14
Ottawa by 3
Montreal by 8
posted by cixelsyd at 11:48 AM on September 23
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
Denver by 4
Buffalo by 3
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
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
Hamilton by 12
Winnipeg by 3
posted by cixelsyd at 01:17 PM on September 15
"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
Hamilton by 14
Saskatchewan by 10
Edmonton by 7
Ottawa by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 05:10 PM on September 09
if you lose the lock, -3
posted by cixelsyd at 01:42 PM on September 09
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
Deflatriots by 4
Indy by 10
Green Bay by 8
Seattle by 4
Jets by 3
Miami by 8
Houston by 3
Arizona by 4
San Diego by 3
Baltimore by 6
Cincy by 12
Tampa Bay by 3
Giants by 8
Minnesota by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 02:47 PM on September 08
Montreal by 3
Calgary by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 04:15 PM on September 02
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
Edmonton by 8
Winnipeg by 3
Ottawa by 9
posted by cixelsyd at 10:52 AM on August 26
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
Norris has quite a sweet stroke for a pitcher.
posted by cixelsyd at 10:33 AM on August 20
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
Montreal by 6
Toronto by 8
posted by cixelsyd at 10:47 PM on August 17
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
Edmonton by 10
Toronto by 10
Calgary by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 PM on August 11
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
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
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
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
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
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
BC by 7
Calgary by 3
Hamilton by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 11:50 AM on July 28
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
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
Toronto by 7
Hamilton by 4
posted by cixelsyd at 10:17 AM on July 22
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
Saskatchewan by 4
Calgary by 7
posted by cixelsyd at 10:11 AM on July 15
Montreal by 10
Saskatchewan by 3
Calgary by 18
posted by cixelsyd at 02:44 PM on July 07
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
Hamilton by 7
Toronto by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 11:24 PM on June 29
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).
posted by cixelsyd at 01:48 AM on June 27
great cap, rcade
posted by cixelsyd at 01:31 AM on June 27
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
Um, there's this guy named Mike Trout ...
posted by cixelsyd at 09:40 PM on June 24
Montreal by 10
posted by cixelsyd at 11:24 AM on June 23
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
posted by cixelsyd at 02:40 PM on June 02
There was a $25k fee just to be considered for games
No Sepp Blatter involvement here.
posted by cixelsyd at 01:34 PM on June 01
Winner: Chicago +1
Duration: 7 games
Longest game: 1OT
TV rating: 2.1
First goal: B.Saad
Conn Smythe: Duncan Keith +1
Plus/minus: Keith +1
Penalty minutes: Tyler Johnson
GAA: Crawford +1
SpoFite: cixelsyd +1
posted by cixelsyd at 01:26 PM on June 01
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