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CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 10

Edmonton by 7



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


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

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

New England by 3

Kansas City by 4

Atlanta by 10

Minnesota by 7

Arizona by 11 - LOCK

St. Louis by 7

New Orleans by 7

Cincinnati by 10

San Diego by 9

Houston by 4

New York Jets by 7

Seattle by 7

Green Bay by 7

Carolina by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 02:48 PM on October 29

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.

Sounds as if the Jays had made up their minds early in the season that AA wasn't working out and were well into execution of their plan to head in a different direction when some of AA's moves started panning out.

Jays have made the decision to move forward with the changes rather than reconsider. A huge gamble, as the team's success this year was largely due to AA's moves and much less to do with longer term development of the squad.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:41 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

We all have our own opinions.

Genuine celebrations of big plays - Gibson, Carter, Papi are good examples - are awesome.

The bat flipping deal isn't genuine and is pure douche baggery.

It's not celebration. It's a pose. And it shows no respect for the game or the opponent.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:45 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Rather than trying to establish what situations justify bat flips why don't we all just realize the act is complete douche baggery in all situations.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:42 AM on October 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 7

Hamilton by 13

Winnipeg by 4

Edmonton by 17

posted by cixelsyd at 03:33 PM on October 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition

Seattle by 10

Buffalo by 10

Minnesota by 7

Atlanta by 20 : LOCK

Indianapolis by 9

Pittsburgh by 3

St. Louis by 4

Miami by 8

New England by 6

Washington by 4

San Diego by 11

New York Giants by 10

Carolina by 11

Arizona by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 04:53 PM on October 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

there should reasonably be no more discomfort appearing naked in front of a person of the opposite sex than there is in front of members of one's own?

Old school society has taught us that men naked in a locker room with men is acceptable yet men naked in a locker room with women not, probably based upon the ideal that all male athletes were heterosexual.

I would propose that today's athlete feels comfortable in the locker room with his/her teammates regardless of sexual orientation, as I feel, but uncomfortable when outsiders are involved be they male or female.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:55 AM on October 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

What was he thinking?

"That last blind heave got me to the Superbowl and a massive contract, let's giver another shot .."

posted by cixelsyd at 02:36 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

there were around 30 ejections of object throwers last night in Toronto

I would think as a minimum the Blue Jays would ban the idiots that were ejected from attending future games. Tough to single out only 30 of the thousands

I'd advise against updating their Family Experience webpage with playoff photos.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:39 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It was smart of Odor to take off and finish the run home

Probably the smartest individual involved in the play. Appeared to be the only person involved who actually knew what the rule was, including the umpires.

Real careless play by Martin in a big situation. If fans wanted to throw anything it should have been at him. Still I would have hated to see that run decide the game.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:02 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Winnipeg by 3

Calgary by 10

Edmonton by 17

Hamilton by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 09:44 PM on October 14

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

Atlanta by 14

Cincinnati by 4

Denver by 7

Detroit by 3

Tennessee by 7

Minnesota by 8

New York Jets by 3

Arizona by 10

Jacksonville by 3

Seattle by 4

Green Bay by 14 - LOCK

Baltimore by 10

New England by 21

New York Giants by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 05:00 PM on October 14

Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly

the Lions biggest mistake

That would be a close vote - may I present: - the hiring of Matt Millen, and not firing the guy until 4 years after it was obvious he had to go. - creating an environment where one of the top 5 running backs ever just decided it was a bad employer to work for and walked away from the game ... in his prime.

I'll vote for the latter.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:37 PM on October 13

Tom Brady Calls Coca Cola 'Poison for Kids'

I agree completely with what he said about garbage processed food and soda


Brady says nothing at all if not for defending his own relationship with, and financial gain from, TB12 and not a genuine nutritional concern.

Governor? I would hope the people of Mass appreciate him for what he is and leave it at that for their own good.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:30 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Who does that?

Probably should have thrown the inside slant like Pete Carroll would have.

Tomlin went with strength vs weakness by running. Vick clearly cannot throw the football with any accuracy at all. The only thing that saved him from having 5 ints that game was the Chargers DBs inability to catch.

I have a much bigger problem with the way he handled the Baltimore game. Yeah, the kicker was having another rough day, but you have got to go with the crew you have.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:59 AM on October 13

Texas Rangers take game one 5-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays

Jays are facing a squad without their best player.

Don't give up hope yet.

But wtf with Donaldson? Focus required. Chose talking shit over focusing on a great opportunity to tag a pitcher he had rattled. Bad, bad, bad.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:06 AM on October 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"Do NOT throw a soft arching lob deep over the middle and hope for the best."

.. on 3rd down (not 4th)

.. on your opponent's 30 yard line

.. with 2 minutes to go down 1 score.

Those are 2 really bad football teams. And as it currently stands Indy will probably end up being a 4 seed in the AFC playoffs, just because so many other teams in the AFC suck so badly.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:41 AM on October 09

Texas Rangers take game one 5-3 against the Toronto Blue Jays

they're not ruling Beltre out for game 2 at this point

Ever try to play baseball with a back injury? He's probably out for a week bare minimum.

I would think Texas waits until game 3 to take him off the playoff roster regardless just because he's Adrian. Although I would worry that the guy is so tough he might hurt himself worse by trying to play when he can't.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:34 AM on October 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

Indianapolis by 3

Atlanta by 10

Cincinnati by 7

Green Bay by 13

Buffalo by 9

Kansas City by 7

Philadelphia by 7

Jacksonville by 4

Baltimore by 5

Arizona by 10

New England by 9 - AIRLOCK

Denver by 7

New York Giants by 13

San Diego by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 11:51 AM on October 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

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

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