Recent Comments by cixelsyd

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

I like Lonzo's game, I hate his entourage.

Hey, Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson had ugly mechanics too.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:11 PM on June 20

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

Boston is after Tatum

Jackson does the things you mention and is a good defender. He is also athletically ready to step in and play next year without hurting the team. Reminds me a lot of another guy that the Spurs drafted who couldn't score anything but dunks and layups in college named Kawhi.

Tatum is the opposite. If he's not scoring he is a big liability and he is not ready athletically or fundamentally to become a #1 or #2 scoring option. His game is in isolation with the ball taking away possession time from the player that makes the Celtics successful. He is a project for a few years from now.

Interesting that I also read Jackson has a better deep perimeter shooting percentage than Tatum even with odd mechanics.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:35 PM on June 19

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

Celtics get 2 high draft choices instead of 1 and it appears they didn't have a clear favorite among the top available players this year. Either that or they are convinced they can still get Jackson with the 3rd pick.

What if the Lakers take Jackson at 2? Boston might be looking at another trade for the 3rd pick.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:19 PM on June 19

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

ESPN3 (online) is to carry all games

Always competitive, games usually decided in last 2 minutes, and almost always a new league champion every year. Hard to believe in a 9 team league.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:14 AM on June 18

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Sask by 3

Calgary by 14

Edmonton by 7

Hamilton by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 04:55 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

TBay has never had a CFL team and actually no major professional team in any sport. Nice there, loads of outdoor activities. Great support for high school and minor sports. It does kind of have a Duluth vibe to it, maybe that is just because of it's terrain and proximity to big water.

My opinion about Duluth stems from a trip quite a few years back. While doing the tourist thingy I noticed a few hundred people waiting outside an old baseball field early in the afternoon. When I asked someone what was up they mentioned the Dukes were playing that night, and tickets were all rush seating. Grabbed some tickets quickly and saw the game. Great fans and atmosphere.

CFL football is typically viable in any market that can have a sustained attendance of 25,000. The highest paid players make salaries that some NFL practice roster guys pull in. It should be easy to make it work. I think the problem is that good business people have no interest in owing franchises because of the limited returns and future potential. Nobody is interested in getting involved in a sport franchise that doesn't yield $150 per ticket average anymore.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:39 AM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Duluth would be a great location.

Fans from both Winnipeg and Saskatchewan travel every year for games at their opponent's location, about a 6 hour drive. Could almost bank on the same happening with a Duluth franchise as it is a similar distance. Although crowds are not as large as the NFL the traveling contingents are usually 800 to 3000 fans and have a decent impact on the local tourism economy, especially during the summer months when most every other tourist is more drawn to the lakes and beaches close to Winnipeg.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:59 AM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I worry that the CFL really ought to add a 10th team to balance out the schedule. A nine team league makes me uncomfortable. Could Quebec City support a team?

QC would sellout a NHL franchise and have a waiting list of 8K or more like most other Canadian cities.

CFL? I'm not sure.

Montreal, also in Quebec, is predominantly a hockey town yet also has strong support for the CFL. As do other cities having both including Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Ottawa .. although Ottawa's hockey support isn't as strong as other cities. The Toronto CFL franchise is in the largest market yet gets the least fan support and is ultimately entirely supported by league TV revenue.

I'd guess the CFL is closer to being 8 teams than 10. If it did look to Canadian expansion a maritime city (Halifax) may get the first opportunity as there is strong support for Canadian College football there.

Previous US expansion didn't work well. Baltimore had their act together but the rest were all poorly run. As well the US / Canadian ratio discrepancies gave US teams a distinct advantage diluting the competition.

Geography is also at play. There are US markets in the South that could easily support CFL football. Unfortunately most Northern large market football cities already have NFL teams and College teams.

Michigan? Maybe. As a fan there CFL would be my 3rd choice behind Michigan and Michigan State.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:53 PM on May 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final


Games: 6

Longest: 1 OT

1st: Forsberg

CS: Rinne

Most Goals: Forsberg

Assists: Ellis

+/-: Forsberg

Penalties: Malkin

Save: Rinne

Goals: 31

posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 PM on May 28

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3

No questioning the Celtics players commitment. The 2004 Red Sox were down to a powerful team but did also have a number of incredibly talented players.

Celtics have 1 player who would get any time on the Cavs squad. But that doesn't mean they should pack it in. And I'd love to see them take the series.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:34 PM on May 22

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

Will be interesting to see what a 4 on 4 soccer match looks like.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:01 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When we get to Game 1 of the NBA finals, someone is going to have to take a loss.

Sounds right to me ..

The Cavs don't play anyone until the finals (sorry Celtics fans, nice young team but at least 2 superstars short) and Golden State is playing the Spurs without their 2 best players including the best all around player in the game (Leonard).

If both the Cavs and Golden State return the same rosters next season they will play in the NBA finals 4 consecutive years.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:50 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"In bottom" ... love it.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:09 AM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 6 +2

Ottawa in 6

posted by cixelsyd at 01:05 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nashville in 6

Ottawa in 6

The Senators will play in front of a sellout crowd for the 2nd time this season and TSN is forced to admit that there is at least one other NHL team in Canada other than the Leafs.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:23 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So I have visions of Lonzo Ball dropping in the NBA draft because organizations won't want anything to do with his nut case father.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:16 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Aside from the Spurs prolonged greatness which we may be seeing the tail end of, the NBA is BORING. The best players all join together on 3 or 4 teams and any casual fan can pick at least 3 of the 4 conference finalists and probably both of the championship contenders at the beginning of the season. Throw in the bs officiating that teams get at home and the preferential treatment of the star players and it is downright annoying to watch. A team playing game 7 at home? Don't even bother watching - pre-order the t-shirt and get some exercise instead.

I did catch the last GS - Utah game the other night. The Warriors were killing Utah with their 8/9/10 players against Utah's starters. Utah has a decent young team but like most other teams can't compete with a crew of superstars. And they'll probably be worse next year when their best player decides to leave and join one of the top 3 or 4 teams that has a shot. Sad.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 PM on May 10

MLB *Play of the Year* is pretty much locked up by Chris Coghlan after this bit of insanity.

Catcher froze bracing for impact. If he swipes upwards with the ball in his glove the runner is out.

Can't say I blame him, and he probably prevented any injuries from occurring to either party by staying down.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:15 AM on April 26

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

STL in 7 - Tarasenko

ANA in 6 - Rakell +1

NYR in 6 - Karlsson +1

WASH in 7 - Williams

posted by cixelsyd at 03:28 PM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Leafs are really coming along. The puck just seems to find Matthews, he's always in the right place offensively. Gardiner looks like a legit #1 D-man and Anderson is steady in net. Kadri's line did a solid job against tough competition. He personally needs more work on managing his emotions in key situations (avoiding dumb penalties and plays) but has come a long way from when he entered the league. I didn't notice Nylander as much in this series but in the handful of Leafs games I did watch during the regular season he was their best player both ends of the ice. Throw in other young players who will continue to develop like Marner and Zaitsev and the Leafs look to be only a few pieces away from being a legitimate cup contender.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 AM on April 24

Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided

Can't access the Globe story, but read somewhere else that his NFL contract was terminated on the basis of his conviction and now that he is "legally" an innocent man the Patriots and the NFL are on the hook for compensation to his estate. Is this for real?

posted by cixelsyd at 03:38 PM on April 19

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Boston in 7

Pittsburgh in 6 +1

San Jose in 6

Montreal in 6

Minnesota in 6

Washington in 4 +1

Calgary in 6

Chicago in 7

Scorer: Kane

posted by cixelsyd at 11:56 AM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


Jumped the gun as rcade has just posted the official SpoFi NHL pool.

Regardless, feel free to post picks at the NHL.COM link.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:53 AM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I've created an NHL Playoff league at and all are welcome to join

League name is SpoFi2017 and password is "ilitch"

posted by cixelsyd at 11:31 AM on April 12

Tony Romo heading into broadcasting with CBS

Doesn't Dallas still have to pay him $24M + to release him also ?

posted by cixelsyd at 02:43 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The officiating and the play was brutal but the coaching on both sides was top notch.

The flow of the game was exactly what Carolina needed to win and at least from halftime was coaching strategy by Williams. Carolina doesn't beat the Zags matching best against best and the scrappy play helped limit the Zags bigs playing time.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:39 AM on April 04

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

From a fan support perspective I think TFC has got a shot long term and is really being handled well.

From a business support perspective all of the big money rushes to the Leafs and the other franchises get the crumbs.

The Raptors and The Jays get decent fan support only when they are contenders. Management and ownership instability and lack of commitment to the fans hurts the brands. The assumption that fans in the market will continue to support mediocre teams in the same manner the market supports the Leafs is a mistake.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:05 PM on March 30

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

Toronto supports the Leafs, any other sports team is simply noise there. Detroit and Chicago have great sports fans and deserve 1 good team in each sport.

What about the south east? Be willing to bet College Football in the SEC pulls in waaaaay more cash than the NFL - if it's all about money why not Huntsville or Auburn?

posted by cixelsyd at 11:59 PM on March 29

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

Fans attending the games is not the priority of ownership or the league here. They've increased the value of an asset and raised the bar for other similar transactions. Also increases the leverage for any other franchise seeking public money.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:01 AM on March 29

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

the NFL is a business

I get this. But the owners are already billionaires and need another $750 million like I need another donut.

Where does it stop? I'm certain the Athletics can fetch more money in China than they do in Oakland, the Jaguars more in Dubai than in Jacksonville ...

posted by cixelsyd at 01:20 PM on March 28

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

Raiders have a got shot this year if Carr is healthy. Will be pulling for them and Oakland fans.

This move is about nothing but money and as always the rich owners and the league win and the fans that support their businesses lose.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:27 AM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If that is Methot slashing Crosby he's gone for 6 games minimum. Crosby will get a pass just like Malkin did earlier in the season for a vicious elbow to the head of Blake Wheeler.

In the NHL, it's OK for star players to deliberately injure other players.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Lots of good picks here but I will pick Jerry Rice and 208 TDs or simply 197 receiving TDs.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:27 PM on March 23

Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.

To the somewhat informed fan it looks illegal - he's not throwing the pitch from the rubber, baseball's equivalent of traveling in basketball.

If he is allowed to use the triple jump approach he'd have zero chance of ever holding a base runner and be much more susceptible to getting nailed by a line drive. If legal I suppose he might be a fit throwing relief against weaker hitters but nothing else.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:29 PM on February 18

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

Atlanta by 10 {LOCK}

First field goal: Gostkowski NE

First touchdown: Jones ATL

Most passing yards: Ryan ATL

Most rushing yards: Freeman ATL

Most receiving yards: Jones ATL

Sack or partial sack: Jackson ATL

Interception: Allen ATL

Turnover: Brady NE




posted by cixelsyd at 05:40 PM on February 03

Boston Sports Writer Trolls 'Zero Enthusiasm' Atlanta

Atlanta had better home attendance than New England by percentage and total fans

That's a new angle - a fiction based sports column.

posted by cixelsyd at 07:22 PM on January 29

Falcons Will Face Patriots in Super Bowl 0x33

I don't like the Patriots as the favorite in 0x33

Smart money will be down early to take advantage of the opening line.

There are many who still have an issue laying on Ryan but the Falcons defense did just shut down the best QB in the game.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:36 PM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Atlanta by 8

Pittsburgh by 3

1. QB: Rodgers

2. RB: Bell

3. RX: A.Brown

4. INT: Burns

posted by cixelsyd at 03:43 PM on January 20

SI: ESPN Talkers Mike & Mike Are Breaking Up

M&M show was tremendous even for those of us who normally despise sports media shows and all of their associated gimmicks. I suspect both M's will continue on with their schlock-free coverage and perhaps present 2 great options.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:59 AM on January 19

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

The only person who stopped Bell all day long was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator.

Very similar to the Superbowl where the only chance in hell the Patriots had of stopping the Seahawks run game was for Carroll to call a center slant on on the goal line.

The prevailing coaching theme used to be run the ball down their throats - let them know exactly what we plan to do and do it anyways. Now it seems to be let's trick them with something we don't normally do or aren't as strong doing, possibly to get under the opposing teams skin but more likely to fail.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:00 PM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Kelce is the clear winner of this years Burfict / PacMan most brutal performance in a playoff game.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Atlanta by 9

New England by 20 **LOCK**

Pittsburgh by 7

Green Bay by 3

Quarterback with most passing yards: Brady

Player with most rushing yards: L.Bell

Player with most receiving yards: A.Brown

Player with a sack or partial sack: J.Harrison

posted by cixelsyd at 04:13 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Good finish by the looks of it.

Stopped watching in the 3rd quarter with Clemson down but pretty much doing whatever they wanted after Watson shook off his 1st half jitters.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:30 PM on January 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Houston by 7

Seattle by 7

Pittsburgh by 10

New York Giants by 7

1. Manning

2. Bell

3. Beckham

4. Demps

posted by cixelsyd at 05:32 PM on January 06

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year'

Still better owners than the Yorks.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:38 AM on January 06

San Francisco 49ers Fire Chip Kelly After 1 Season

49ers have trended steadily downward after the Yorks took over full ownership of the team from DeBartolo.

Their new stadium deal has them netting over $150 Million per year. Somebody (fan, reporter?) ought to do an analysis of how much money is being left on the table through the complete incompetence of management.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:04 PM on January 02

San Francisco 49ers Fire Chip Kelly After 1 Season

The only good move the Niners have made under York is hiring Harbaugh. If both York and Baalke had either been fired or allowed Harbaugh the least bit of input on team direction and personnel decisions the Niners might still be a playoff team today. Over half of their roster either quit or is now playing elsewhere, many on playoff teams.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:46 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Why would the SEC want four more teams?

$$ MONEY $$

Good move for the teams also. The payback for being the best in the ACC typically doesn't return a whole lot even if you beat the crap out of an over-ranked SEC team in a bowl. A move to the SEC pretty much ensures that you will be ranked at the start of the season and will have a shot a a championship if you beat a few over-ranked SEC teams and the out of conference patsies you schedule at home each year.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:47 PM on December 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

Baltimore by 7

New York Jets by 3

Tampa Bay by 4

Minnesota by 3

Pittsburgh by 13 **LOCK**

Dallas by 4

Green Bay by 9 **LOCK**

Tennessee by 7

Indianapolis by 6

New England by 10 **LOCK**

Atlanta by 7

New York Giants by 7

Arizona by 4

Kansas City b7 9 **LOCK**

Denver by 6

Seattle by 13 **LOCK**

posted by cixelsyd at 01:14 PM on December 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

Carolina by 7

Miami by 3

Green Bay by 10 **LOCK**

New England by 13 **LOCK**

San Diego by 3

Tampa Bay by 4

Tennessee by 6

Washington by 7 **LOCK**

Oakland by 3

Seattle by 4

Los Angeles by 4

Houston by 6

Pittsburgh by 4

Kansas City by 3

Dallas by 5

posted by cixelsyd at 02:27 PM on December 23

Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Gus Bradley

Watched the Giants a lot under Coughlin. He always seemed to have the right schemes called but often was the victim of brutal execution of his players. Rather than smooth execution sometimes it seemed he had guys who would just shoot themselves in the foot.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:02 PM on December 19

Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Gus Bradley

Coughlin out coached Bill Belichick and others in leading an underdog team to 2 Superbowl victories. Not many teams where he wouldn't be an upgrade at coach. Jags are 3 or 4 years away from being a contender and Coughlin would need to consider whether it is the opportunity he wants.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:32 PM on December 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Seattle by 10 **LOCK **

Miami by 9 ** LOCK **

Buffalo by 7

New York Giants by 10 ** LOCK **

Green Bay by 17 ** LOCK**

Minnesota by 3

Houston by 6

Baltimore by 7 ** LOCK **

Dallas by 4 (Dallas in December ... hmmmm)

Kansas City by 6

Arizona by 3

Atlanta by 14 ** LOCK **

New England by 3

Oakland by 10 ** LOCK **

Pittsburgh by 7

Washington by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 04:10 PM on December 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Just Endure The Suffering Edition

Oakland by 3

Arizona by 7

Detroit by 8

Cincinnati by 4

Denver by 6

Indianapolis by 7

Minnesota by 8 *LOCK*

New Orleans by 6

Pittsburgh by 6

Carolina by 4

Philadelphia by 5

San Francisco by 3

Atlanta by 7

Seattle by 6

Dallas by 7

Baltimore by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 10:51 AM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sorry to hear you had to watch that game.

Gore's longevity is amazing. His running style is pretty much straight forward "a collision is going to happen and somebody is getting hit real hard". Most backs that play that style have 2 or 3 good seasons and are out of the league by their 5th.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:18 PM on December 07

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Awesome finish bender. Thanks Dr.J - always fun.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:52 AM on December 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Dallas by 9 **LOCK**

Denver by 3 **LOCK**

Detroit by 3

Green Bay by 7 **LOCK**

Kansas City by 3

New England by 14 **LOCK**

Miami by 10

Philadelphia by 3

San Francisco by 6

Oakland by 9 **LOCK**

Pittsburgh by 3

Tampa Bay by 3

Arizona by 4

Seattle by 3

New York Jets by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 09:57 AM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Minnesota by 5

Dallas by 10

Pittsburgh by 7

Atlanta by 9

Baltimore by 3

Buffalo by 4

New Orleans by 6

New York Giants by 14 ** LOCK **

Houston by 6

Miami by 4

Tennessee by 8

Seattle by 6 ** LOCK **

Oakland by 3

Denver by 6

New England by 10

Green Bay by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 10:23 PM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 17




posted by cixelsyd at 01:13 PM on November 23

Jurgen Klinsmann Out as U.S. Men's Soccer Coach

Will firing the coach resolve the real issue which is having less talent than the opposition? I think the answer lies in moving a high caliber coach into the development program.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on November 22