Recent Comments by cixelsyd

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

great gif grum

dude looks like a misfit in every way

haven't followed the cards at all - who is that?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:16 AM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

BC by 4

WPG by 7

EDM by 21

CAL by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 10:04 PM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Zero doubt about that.

If he had been from a different country he would have been crowned as such by the media after the 1998 Olympics.

He's the Michael Jordan of track. Not an athlete in history that comes close. Hope we can see a whole lot more of him before he retires.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:17 PM on August 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

OTT by 9

BC by 8

ED by 13

HAM by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 12:14 PM on August 18

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

Bigger story, or perhaps non-story ...

Sweden players don't call Hope Solo a sore loser.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 PM on August 13

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Flutie was good in the CFL because he thought the game quicker than his opponents and had an awesome arm. Yeah, he could run and that helped open up the field, but he ran to create passing lanes. Don't forget he was the best US College QB and the only reason he didn't get a shot right away in the NFL was his height.

Tebow can run, but he can't throw, and he's even worse throwing on the move. With his limited skill set he's actually better suited to the NFL game under an offensive coordinator who can dumb down the offense and give him 2 reads maximum on each play while sitting in the pocket (Andy Reid fits here). He played his College career behind an offensive line that was as talented as some current NFL teams have and that is the primary reason for his amateur success. I'm not dismissing the fact he's got a lot of winner in his makeup, he just does not have the skills or ability.

It's as much a reach to think Tebow could play in the CFL as it is the MLB.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:13 PM on August 10

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Hard to imagine how an athlete who wasn't able to compete at the professional level due to a lack of both throwing accuracy and the ability to adjust to the speed of the pro game translates into someone who can hit pro or semi-pro level pitching.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 AM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Ed by 9

W by 13

Calgary by 21

BC by 11

posted by cixelsyd at 05:35 PM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

W BY 3


C BY 14


posted by cixelsyd at 05:03 PM on August 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Edmonton by 13

Montreal by 6

Calgary by 7

Ottawa by 8

posted by cixelsyd at 04:35 PM on July 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 10

Ottawa by 10

Hamilton by 13

Toronto by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 11:49 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I guess people know who the guy is today and that must have been his goal in life. Should have given more than 2 minutes thought to coming up with a meaningful message if he planned on changing lyrics so the entire audience wonder if the dude was stoned or something ... wtf.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:09 PM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 10

Montreal by 7

Sask by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 11:06 PM on July 11

Tim Duncan announces retirement

NBA : NHL :: Tim Duncan : Niklas Lidstrom

Like that.

How about NFL : Charles Woodson ?

Aside from the fact he's an incredible athlete, Woodson also does his job at the highest level playing wherever doing whatever is asked of him, wins, and makes everyone around him better.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:04 PM on July 11

Tim Duncan announces retirement

Slower, shorter, and less athletic than pretty much anyone he was matched up against yet dominated because he was so fundamentally sound. His presence made everyone around him better. He could score 12 points and be the key player on the court ... but he would never accept the credit for it. Signed team friendly contracts to enable his team to remain competitive.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:41 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


Looks like a pretty deliberate motion in that link. Pretty stupid as well. Best tender on the planet well positioned to make the stop off of a corner header versus a free kick in penalty .. wrong choice.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:10 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

what they hell would you jump in the air like that?

With you on that. Fundamentally something that players have already had drilled into them by the time they reach the age of 13. Terrible positioning by the defender. Don't ever expect to see that kind of lapse from a world class player.

At the same time you also don't expect a world class official to make a call that dictates the outcome of a contest unless completely warranted.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


What a call to make in a Euro semi-final.


posted by cixelsyd at 04:21 PM on July 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Hamilton by 14

BC by 9

Ottawa by 11

Edmonton by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 09:35 AM on July 06

Kevin Durant signs with Golden State

The NBA will never let that happen.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:25 PM on July 04


Why Montreal would trade PK just boggles my mind.

Montreal gets one of the top 5 D in the world for PK who may be in the top 15 depending on the direction of the team. Defensively Suban is a liability and doesn't fit Montreal's game. Nashville is moving towards more offense and Suban fits the scheme. Overall if Weber's game stays near or at the same level it is at for the next 4 years Nashville got hosed.

Smart move by the Bolts

Smart move by Stamkos as well. Stays with a team that pushed the Penguins this year in his absence and has a good shot next year. Gets paid in US dollars to live in Tampa and pays next to nothing in taxes. Hard to believe some "experts" figured he was a done deal to the Leafs.

Wait, those "experts" were all Toronto based media.

Hall should be a nice top line winger

Hall was a good player in a bad situation. Talk was he was the 1 untouchable in Edmonton and that Nugent-Hopkins and Eberley were available all last season. Of the 3 Edmonton traded away the best player by a long shot.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:20 PM on June 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 5

Saskatchewan by 3

Hamilton by 9

Calgary by 13

posted by cixelsyd at 11:22 AM on June 28

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Canadian footballs ... ARE AMERICAN?

Pigs up here have very thick hair, and therefore large pores, to cope with the cold in winter eh. Use of their skin would produce an end product with significant and unacceptable fluctuations in air pressure.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:04 PM on June 21

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

CFL Equipment faq

posted by cixelsyd at 02:39 PM on June 21

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hamilton by 9

Winnipeg by 4

Edmonton by 7

Calgary by 14

posted by cixelsyd at 10:13 PM on June 20

Penguins claim fourth Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Sharks

Kessel played the best hockey of his career this playoffs on a 3rd line matched up against opponent's 3rd lines. Crosby played against the oppositions 1st line every series and still managed some pretty decent offensive stats. Up until the Penguins series the Sharks 1st line were absolutely dominant owning the puck in the opponent's zone. Crosby and his line completely shut them down.

If both players were available, who would you choose for your team - Crosby or Kessel?

Hold that, if you could choose any player in the league for your team, who would you take?


posted by cixelsyd at 12:37 PM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I doubt the Cavs win another game, but it might just be fitting for Green to be crowned the MVP in Cleveland if there is a game 6.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:44 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

NBA suspension of Green is brutal. Had an on-court official assessed a technical on the play and Green exceeded the limit I can see it. But the NBA office levied the suspension after having a chance to review the video.

No way they can assess one player in that fracas a suspension and give the other a pass. Unless that player is LeBron.

Appears the NBA is LeBron's bitch ... just as LeBron is Green's.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:17 PM on June 12

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition

Warriors in 6

Klay Thompson

Victory Margin 16

Combined Score 230

105 3's

posted by cixelsyd at 10:57 PM on June 01

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

1. San Jose

2. 6 games

3. 1 OT

4. Ward

5. Pavelski

6. Pavelski

7. Thornton

8. Burns

9. Letang

10. Jones

T: 34

posted by cixelsyd at 11:25 AM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wild. Bautista cost the Jays the game with that leg grab.

Spent a week listening to Toronto media trying to justify that slide as a normal play and being astonished the rule was applied. Bautista put on quite the whine as well.

It is possible the next time he pulls that crap, and trust me he will, MLB loses a quality infielder for the season due to injury.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:56 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Don't know enough of Odor to know what reputation he has but certainly know what Bautista is all about. If Odor is indeed known for stirring the pot then the 2 of them working things out the way they did doesn't seem out of line. A much better solution than having the Jays or Rangers pitchers throw at the oppositions' heads or a runner who is out by 20 feet trying to injure a fielder.

Bottom line, Odor stood up for himself while Bautista hit and ran ... again.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:14 PM on May 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Golden State in 6

Cleveland in 5

PRA: Seth Curry

Blocks: Ibaka

Steals: Westbrook

Fouls: Westbrook

Free Throws: K Thompson

posted by cixelsyd at 08:00 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bautista turtles once again.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:52 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Penguins in 7

Sharks in 7

Scorer: Kucherov

Goalie: Jones

PP%: Pittsburgh

Penalties: Steen

Team GPG: Pittsburgh

posted by cixelsyd at 05:32 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

He looks like a bit like Albert Pujols big brother.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:43 PM on May 06

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Miami in 6.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:40 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Looks like the Jets might fill their biggest weakness this draft - a true scorer. Loads of young talent, looking forward to 2016/17.

With the management the Leafs assembled I'm hopeful that Matthews career doesn't get destroyed the same way that Hall and Nugent-Hopkins have.

And I hope Matthews is as skilled with the media as he is on the ice.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:45 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

.. so just checked the NBA scores and saw the Spurs kicking rrrrr's.

OK if that pick gets dq'ed.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:29 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Hope these are in before games start:

Cleveland in 6

Spurs in 6

Warriors in 5

Technical: Westbrook

3"s: K Thompson

posted by cixelsyd at 10:10 PM on April 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

St. Louis in 6

San Jose in 6

Washington in 6

Tampa in 6



PP: Washington

Goals: Tampa

posted by cixelsyd at 10:44 AM on April 27

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

You are forwarding that the noble gas law leads to only one possible conclusion: that there was no underinflation. That's not true.


posted by cixelsyd at 09:36 PM on April 26

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

all the science has pointed at the opposite

Not true.

If you had stated "The Patriot's presentation of their interpretation of science convinced some of us the opposite was true", then yes.

I will be surprised if the commissioner's authority becomes a major issue in the next CBA

So ... what governs Goodell's term as the commissioner?

Is it possible the owners turf him before the next CBA?
I mean, we're all hung up on what Brady and the Patriots did or did not, but the handling of other more important issues has been equally flawed.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:04 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

it would be a good idea for Goodell to offer to cut the suspension in half in exchange for Brady and Kraft's agreement to support that suspension and let the court fight end


posted by cixelsyd at 01:13 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

Patriots go 3-1 in those games with or without Brady and also win the division again. If one was of the opinion that the Patriots will only go as far as Brady will take them (which I am not) then having him fresher at the end of the season for a playoff run sounds appealing. And if the Patriots actually have meaningful regular season games after December 1 they would need to be much sharper going into the playoffs.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:20 PM on April 25

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms

You are certainly pressing your luck wearing a shirt that advertises beer in a room dominated by X chromosomes :)

But that is a great example of a nice (albeit loud) jersey ruined by corporate crap.
I'll stick to world cup jerseys.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:36 PM on April 16

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms

I'm going to be honest, I thought the NHL would be the first to do this.

The NCAA would have been my bet, but that ship has probably already sailed to a certain extent with Nike and Adidas.

As a fan I personally would never buy a jersey that had a bunch of corporate advertising. Some of those soccer kits are rendered downright brutal.

I do have visions of the Toronto Maple Leafs jersey with a large "Dyson" or "Kleenex" logo pasted across the lower back. And the Oilers certainly would be sponsored by "Draft Kings".

posted by cixelsyd at 10:16 PM on April 15

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!


(1) Cleveland in 4

(2) Toronto in 6

(6) Charlotte in 7

(5) Boston in 7


(1) Golden State in 4

(2) San Antonio in 5

(3) Oklahoma City in 6

(5) Portland in 7

Bonus Points:

- team 132 points

- player 38 points

posted by cixelsyd at 04:50 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Question for the group - what are you watching tonight:

1. Warriors quest for 73

2. Kobe's last NBA game

3. Start of NHL Playoffs

4. MLB

Probably a real good night to head out to the local sports bar.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:11 PM on April 13

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

1970 was last time no Canadian teams made the playoffs.

It impacts TV audience somewhat in Canada but true hockey fans will watch regardless. The majority of top players in the playoffs being Canadian helps.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:29 PM on April 12

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Florida in 6

Detroit in 7

Washington in 5

Pittsburgh in 6

Stars in 6

Chicago in 7

Anaheim in 6

San Jose in 7


Joe Thornton

posted by cixelsyd at 06:01 PM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

placing Ortiz into the same category as the other 3 is a bit premature

From a distance, and not a local Boston sports fan but one who appreciates the teams there (OK, I do love the Sox), I would suggest Ortiz is a great player but not in the same class as Russell and Orr and I don't understand the relevance of Ty Law to the others.

Regard aging .. I was fortunate enough to be at a game in the mid to late 90's where the Giants were honoring Willie Mays. Willie rode around the field sitting in the back seat of a convertible throwing balls into the upper decks with what appeared to me as a simple flick of the wrist. I won't ever forget the "are you kidding me?" amazement I had that day. He would have been in his early sixties at the time.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:24 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Great game. Carolina stuck with it's game plan from start to finish where a tweak or 2 might have been in order. Villanova did a masterful job of limiting Brice Johnson and adjusted to close out on the guards much better after halftime. Williams let Villanova dictate the game and simply stuck with his horses all the way. I thought he would utilize Pinson and Britt a lot more to wear down Nova's guards and create a scrappier game especially considering UNC wasn't getting much of anything from their huge front line advantage.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 AM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Carolina, +4 on talent. They can sit 2 of their starters for 15 minutes and still win easily against top teams. They have 8 legitimate championship caliber starters.

Wildcats +3 on coaching. Jay Wright has been masterful in his defensive schemes throughout the tournament, and beat a solid well coached Kansas team already.

Carolina has an enormous advantage on the front line, Villanova is the better defensive team. If the Wildcats can contain UNC's guards they'll win.

I do believe just too many horses to overcome - Carolina by 5.

As always, I'm supporting the dog.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:00 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I've always viewed Coach K as top notch in both the ability to motivate his players and in getting a cast of stars to play together as a team. When it comes to game planning and in game adjustments I don't hold him in high regard. Certainly nothing wrong with having a coach who will attract 4 top recruits annually and deliver a National Championship every six years even if he most likely* never wins coach of the year accolades.

(* Both John Calipari and Matt Doherty have been acclaimed coach of the year so anything is possible.)

Bill Self did an amazing job once again this year at KU with a team comprised of good but not great players. It's rare that a team without a single player likely ever to start in an NBA game finishes the season ranked #1. His loss to Villanova is certainly not a blemish as the Wildcats had more talent and also a great strategist in Jay Wright. Self's teams consistently win games they shouldn't because of the job he does.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:10 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Didn't get much from the actual article, but the tennis lesson link was an interesting distraction.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on April 01

March Madness 2016: Printable NCAA tournament bracket

In as cix_Pix. WTF?

Less intrusive if you just create a login to the site.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:21 PM on March 14

Peyton Manning is Retiring from the NFL

and his old legs manage to prevail on that squishy Panthers home ice

I get the old legs part of it but bad ice usually impacts fast skating skilled players a lot more than it does an old guy whose game is more about dominant offensive zone puck control than end to end rushes.


Great player. Expect he'll be getting a lot of calls from NFL owners for front office positions similar to the way teams lined up to try to sign him when he left Indy.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on March 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'd bet Jerry Jones would grab him in a minute.

Jerry's always looking for "character" players.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:51 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Awesome pickup for Chicago to bolster another cup run.

Jets fans and the organization never wanted to see him leave but going above the 6 years at $6 million per offer for a 30 year old forward would have been a terrible move, especially for a young developing team.

His agent has him convinced a better situation will present itself before next season possibly based on the deal Anaheim did for Kessler. A deal which almost everyone agrees requires the Ducks to win a cup or 2 in the next 2 years to be considered anything but a huge mistake. Yes, Ladd is a far better player than Kessler will ever be, but I suspect establishing value based upon what Kessler's people fleeced Ducks management into might result in Ladd getting less than the Jets offer, or possibly even ending up back in Winnipeg for less money and term.

The majority of Jets fans will be cheering for the Ladd and the Hawks come playoff time. He's a class act and it's good to see him get another shot at a cup.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:38 AM on February 26