Recent Comments by cixelsyd

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

joined .... automatically grabbed my entries from Yahoo Best Bracket pool and duplicated them in Spofi. No worries.

thanks grum!

posted by cixelsyd at 03:51 PM on March 18

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Admittedly saw more of Harvard in the previous 2 seasons and not 2015. That UVa game was a total beat down.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:56 PM on March 16

Your 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.

Who better than Harvard to school UNC ...

Harvard is an incredibly hard team to play against and well coached. Carolina has NBA size and talent but doesn't appear to know how to use it against tough well coached opponents. Harvard could win this game. But if Carolina finds itself it could win the Championship.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:36 PM on March 16

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

Murray made Romo look like a serviceable QB and Dallas a playoff team. Guess the Cowboys plan to revert to old ways ... sling 40 to 45 passes a game and hope for more TDs than Ints. And the Eagles brutal run defense gets a boost by only having to face Murray in practice ..

posted by cixelsyd at 04:59 PM on March 12

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

we won't be challenging the Seahawks for the division title but the Rams for the cellar

Won't be a challenge at all. Rams will beat the 49ers twice this season and be 3 games up by the end of the 2015 season.

Rams might even make the playoffs. They've been a pretty solid team for 3 years and the only real major fault they had was depending on a "franchise" QB made of thin porcelain.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:51 PM on March 11

The NFL free-agency period begins with a slew of major moves

and the 49ers, new head coach in tow, seem to be reeling after losing a giant chunk of their team

49ers need to bank on the draft for players. Any decent player they have on the roster will be bailing on the ownership/organizational clusterfuck on the dawn of their free agency.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:48 AM on March 11

Curt Schilling Declares War on Twitter Trolls Abusing His Daughter

Twitter trolls versus Twitter mobs... I have no idea who to root for.


An ignorant social media posting requires no response. The damage to the poster's reputation is immediate and permanent by the post itself.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:50 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How convenient for the Patriots.

Coupled with the great dinner Goodell had at the Kraft's place smart money is they'll get yet another pass from the NFL.

Oblivion appears to be the objective.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:09 PM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

One of the greatest coaches of all time.

Tark was an unbelievable motivator. He took cast-offs and 2nd tier players and made them into NBA prospects, frequently thrashing opponents whose rosters were filled with much higher level McDonalds All-America talent.

He didn't have a single system or style. He adapted his coaching to the strengths of his current roster and executed that style of play at top level.

posted by cixelsyd at 08:38 PM on February 11

Kane, Bogosian dealt to Sabres for Myers, Stafford and prospects

Sad to Bogosian go - classy hard working player that Jets really didn't want to part with. If he stays healthy he could anchor the Sabre's defense. Great piece for a young team.

Kane is a stud athlete that plays a heavy game. He's strong, fast, and has a pretty decent shot. He does lack hockey sense but other parts of his game make up for portions of that. Emotionally he's a huge bag of shit. He's a cancer in the locker room and the Jets have been attempting to get rid of him for over 3 years. Unless he grows up fast he's a terrible guy to have around any team and especially a young growing team like the Sabres.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:25 PM on February 11

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

Belichick's operatives are unseen

Unseen, yes ... But certainly armed with GoPros and a few of these

posted by cixelsyd at 11:06 PM on February 09

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

Enjoy your Super Bowl *victory

fixed that for ya ...

All the best,
Charles Haley, Kurt Warner, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, NFL Officials, and Fans of football everywhere

posted by cixelsyd at 09:58 AM on February 06

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Well, he lost two, so Montana's still better

This is the basis of the argument for Montana. Never failed to win the big game, was never outplayed in the big game.

Let's hold off for a year to pick up the discussion

I expect we will be having that discussion. The Patriots appear to have retooled and are stronger in certain aspects of their game than they have been for a number of years at the same time that other primary contenders in their conference are on the decline.

Believe me, I think Brady is pretty much what I would call an ideal QB - decent arm, great competitor, and executes the offense as well as anyone in history. Minor injuries do not impact his game at all because of the style of game he plays.

No QB in history has been as good as long as Brady, and he rarely has a true stinker in a big game.

But he just has never invoked the "don't let him have the ball or we're done" fear that opponents had when facing Montana.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:25 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

I don't see ..

You can't because you are a dedicated Patriots fan. He's a great QB and the best New England has ever had. One of the best the NFL has ever seen.

Looking at the Patriots 2015 schedule and knowing how well he executes the game plan I can't see them not hosting another conference final.

But he is not the best ever.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:19 AM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

a classic case of "do your job"

It was beyond that.

The corner's job on that play was simply to ensure the receiver did not catch the ball. Many corners have lost their jobs by attempting to jump a route and missing the ball or getting flagged for interference (which wouldn't have mattered in this situation).

posted by cixelsyd at 05:52 PM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

The final interception is as momentous a play as Bart Starr punching it in from two feet in the Ice Bowl

Incredible play by a rookie defensive back who also saved a Seattle touchdown 2 plays earlier by having the focus to play to the whistle after his pass deflection dropped into the lap of the Seattle receiver.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:24 PM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

You realize that you're putting Eli Manning and Jim Plunkett in the top five of quarterbacks of all time, right?

Interesting you mention Eli Manning

More statistical analysis on Superbowl Quarterbacks

posted by cixelsyd at 03:27 PM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

the ultimate measure is how many times you put yourself in a position to win a championship

I disagree.

The ultimate measure is how you perform in those opportunities to win a championship.

Being the best in the biggest games is what defines greatness.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:54 PM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

Remember the 100-yd interception/touchdown by Pittsburgh at the end of the 1st half against Arizona?

Interesting you bring that up. I was thinking at the end of the first half with Carroll having a reputation for running junk plays and Belichick always a step ahead in the thought process that history might repeat itself.

On that play at least Seattle threw an out to an isolated receiver. At least it wasn't a quick slant into traffic to a receiver who hasn't won the route off of the line. Guess Pete was saving his best for the end of the game.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:36 AM on February 02

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

then we'd be talking about 7 time winner Tom Brady

Let's not forget that Brady avoided a chance to tie another record yesterday (thanks to Pete Carroll) - most Superbowl losses by a starting QB.

He had a decent game. He executed plays against a tough defense and overcame a few bad decisions. He wasn't even the best QB in the game.

Who else do you argue for as the best of all time?

Same answer until anything changes ...

Joe Montana. Not even close. Never lost a Superbowl. 4-3 is admirable, 4-0 is excellence.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:00 AM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Air was intentionally removed from the Patriots balls in violation of a league rule.

Cheating is cheating.

the lack of understanding of the Ideal Gas Law among the NFL, media, and fans

Here's an interesting read for those who have drank Bill's potion

posted by cixelsyd at 05:28 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The league has proof that a rule was broken. By a repeat offender.

The NFL took no time in suspending Josh Gordon for a year because he was in violation with league rules and a repeat offender.

Different circumstances, same principle.

Violations of rules must be punished.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:35 AM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Here up north temperatures have been above freezing and the snow has completely melted in areas. It's been raining most of the last week as it is today. Really sucks as it kills all winter outdoor activities.

Would take 4 feet of snow and -20C temperatures over our current conditions any day.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:57 AM on January 28

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

the NFL is zeroing in on a locker room attendant

Highly probable to be terminated immediately ... with guaranteed life long financial security as long as compliance to the terms of the Patriots separation agreement "HUSH.2015.NEP" are maintained.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:45 PM on January 26

Stats Guru: Patriots Hold Onto Ball Far Better Than Any Other Team

Bill Nye is a media personality, who lives in Seattle

He's also a scientist whose comments are backed by physics. Baseless defiant arrogance just doesn't sell as well as science.

You can barely notice the difference in PSI

2 PSI is a significant difference. Take 2 footballs out on a cold day and do your own experiment. A properly inflated ball is much harder to handle than an under-inflated ball.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:09 AM on January 26

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

The hardline haters will never believe the "cheating" stories aren't true

So football fans who want the truth and honest fair play are now labelled haters?

the league and fans can move past this utter nonsense of a media tornado

Sounds like you agree strongly with the latest Belichick / Brady denial show.

The media tornado formed around the well documented history of denial and previous violations of rules. It won't stop until the parties involved come clean.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:58 AM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

The organizational response if they honestly don't know is "we don't know."


The Patriots expect people to believe that they have some unidentified rogue staff member that has a secret fetish for removing a specific uniform amount of air from balls after they have received official approval.

End of the discussion, over with, let's focus on the next game.

The head coach and the quarterback who handles the ball on every down has no knowledge that the ball feels different or has any part in them being altered (PSIgate - love that one, grum).

I haven't played football in 10 years and I could easily tell the difference ... anyone on this forum could.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:56 PM on January 22

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

If there's evidence lots of teams do it, the Patriots should get a much lighter punishment

That logic proved unsuccessful for the New Orleans Saints.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:49 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Somebody is going to have to explain to me why this is a big deal

Evidence is the balls being properly inspected by the officials prior to game time and meeting league specifications. After inspection they were returned to the Patriots at which time air was removed from 11 of 12 balls suggesting there was a plan in place to break league rules.

Kind of a big deal. By a repeat offender.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:35 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

The NFL and Patriots are lucky the game wasn't close

Maybe .. but the issue is bigger than that.

It would appear to be another instance of organized cheating by the Patriots to impact the outcome of a game. A division championship game no less. If proven this completely undermines the integrity of the sport.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:51 PM on January 21

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

11 of 12 balls under-inflated and not meeting NFL standards ...

the Patriots must have been using a gauge that was incorrectly calibrated.

Yeah, that's what it was!

Some things never change.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:56 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Leafs season record with Carlyle as coach:

21 - 16 - 3 and battling for a playoff spot.

Leafs record after Carlyle fired:

1 - 6 and moving up the draft board.

Could Carlyle be the first coach in history to win Coach of the Year in the year he is fired?
Certainly appears he was getting the best possible out of the hand he was dealt.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:43 PM on January 20

Patriots crush Colts in the rain

The NFL is investigating, but why?

It was the on-field officials that noticed the balls didn't seem normal and not anyone associated with the Colts. All the media noise has to do with Patriots previous conviction for cheating and nothing to do with the outcome of the game.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:44 PM on January 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The 49ers coaching job rates amongst the top 3 worst situations in professional football with Cleveland and Dallas being the other 2.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Prediction : New England to win the AFC East in 20XX

As long as Belichick is around Patriots win the AFC East. No other team has the organizational strength to overcome NE. Brady fits well into the system but anyone who thinks NE would drop off the way Indy did in Manning's absence is delusional.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:39 AM on January 14

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

suggested that the sports books stood to lose quite a bit if Ohio State won

The long term futures probably didn't hurt the books at all. Bets are taken on all teams and I doubt there was a heavy run on Ohio State futures after their early season performance and injuries.

I believe I saw numbers pointing to heavy game bets on Oregon, so books would be happy about that. Ohio State moneyline wagers in retrospect were a killer bargain (!damn).

Am I nuts or are they?

A little early for talk of him moving to the NFL as a QB, but he's a monster athlete who a team might take a flier on assuming he would agree to consider other positions.

He did look like a more athletic version of Big Ben with a stronger arm yesterday but Oregon's defense isn't a sufficient test. And he probably doesn't start next year ....

posted by cixelsyd at 05:45 PM on January 13

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

It's cool that the first winner is a team that wouldn't have gotten a chance to play for the championship under the old system


The previous system simply dictated the top rated SEC team played an undefeated major conference team. Year after year.

Lost in the glow of the Elliot and Jones performances was the play of Ohio State's offensive and defensive lines. Pure domination on every play.

Mariota was the only bright spot for Oregon. Deadly accurate through 3 quarters his final numbers are skewed by having to force balls in the 4th. And some horrendous drops early in the game.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:10 AM on January 13

Colts Silence Broncos Offense, Make Peyton Manning Look Old

a "Yeah, but..." on his career

Careful ..

Outside of the last 2 years Manning has historically played on teams that had glaring weaknesses. The fact they were even in the playoffs had everything to do about Manning. And he's 2-2 against the Patriots dynasty with Brady at the helm.

Come to think of it Brady has lost more games in the playoffs as a heavy favorite than has Peyton.

Is Brady also then a "Yeah, but .." ?

posted by cixelsyd at 01:30 PM on January 12

Packers Rally Past Cowboys, Who No Longer Love the Refs

The call on the Bryant play was a correct application of the rule.
The rule sucks, but if it wasn't revisited by the rules committee after the Megatron catch I can't see it ever changing. And I believe Bryant dropped the ball on the play.

I find this interesting: If Bryant had crossed the goal line and the ball came loose the same ruling would have applied. If a running back is handed the ball and looses it while crossing the goal line it's a touchdown.

Green Bay drove the length of the field on the ensuing possession before downing the ball so would have won the game regardless of the ruling. I agree Dallas should have pounded the ball on the ground and used up the clock.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:36 AM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Leafs are a mess. Management has given big money and long term contracts to players of questionable character and commitment. Impossible to fix the situation by trade as there are no takers for floaters with long term high dollar contracts.

Doesn't sound like an ideal situation for any coach.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:19 PM on January 06

Cowboys Defeat Lions After Controversial Penalty Non-Call

face-guarding, not pass interference

Per the rules: face guarding is pass interference. Bad call. Worse explanation.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:42 AM on January 05

Sources: Jim Harbaugh Expected to Take Michigan Job

Winningest active coaches

Yikes ... so if the 49ers could somehow attract Belichick it would be a downgrade. Good freaking luck.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:20 PM on December 29

Sources: Jim Harbaugh Expected to Take Michigan Job

The beauty of college is you have the alumni association overseeing decisions. Good coaches can't fail in such an environment.

Most NFL teams are owned by wealthy wannabe decision makers who don't have the first clue about sports and are more focused on their own fragile egos.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:11 PM on December 29

Sources: Jim Harbaugh Expected to Take Michigan Job

Move in different directions .... Harbaugh will make millions wherever he chooses and the Niners will get high draft picks for the next decade.

Obvious that the wrong side of the DeBartolo family wants the franchise to suck for some reason. Too bad the coach can't fire the management.

10 NFL teams and 10 top NCAA teams will be bidding for Harbaugh.
Mommy's team is the only team Jed York will ever manage.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:22 AM on December 29

Kobe Bryant's Below-Average Midrange Jumper

Kobe always believed he could score every possession and that he was the best option every possession. Focus and intensity is what made him one of the best to ever play the game. He needed to beat anyone guarding him.

Some players can adjust to different roles as their athletic abilities diminish. Kobe is not one of those.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:31 PM on December 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Zepp was the difference in the game. Flyers play a free wheeling style and gave up many unchallenged shots from close in.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:40 AM on December 22

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

In my youth I was a Leafs fan because there were only 2 Canadian Hockey teams and the Leafs had a monopoly on the English television broadcasts. To watch the Canadiens I either had to watch in French ("Le Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut!!") or wait until the Leafs played the Canadiens, when the Canadiens would beat the Leafs 9 out of every 10 games even if the Leafs goalie stopped 42 shots in each of those games.

After years of watching the Leafs giving away draft choices, trading away talented players, and basically selling out in any way possible for cash I just stopped following them - right around the same time Sittler cut the "C" off of his uniform in disgust. Pretty much lost interest in the NHL in general.

Became a Jets fan early in their WHA days and during Jets NHL version 1 and present. Able to follow the NHL more widely with cable and other options so get a chance to see the best players and teams play as much as I want.

Canadian English broadcast networks still focus 95 percent on the Leafs even with 7 Canadian teams. And the Canadiens still seem to beat the Leafs 9 out of 10 games with the Leafs goalies stopping 42 shots in each of those games.

Some things never change.

Thank god for cable, IPTV, PPV, and True North.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:49 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

Played slopitch one year with a cricket player. Guy played 2nd base - without a glove. Caught with both hands and covered more ground than any 2nd baseman I've played with.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:33 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Rodgers has more talent and health on both sides of the field in GB than he would have in Texas without Watt.

I'd question that. Green Bay has a below average defense that is workable because Rodgers presence forces teams to play differently to keep pace. Houston has a really good defense because of Watt but they also have an offense that rates above average. Coaching is certainly on the Packers side.

The current MVP odds according to those invest in their beliefs.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:28 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This is the formula that helped Doug Flutie become ONE OF the greatest quarterbacks in CFL history

Anthony Calvillo is the greatest QB the CFL has ever seen. Like Flutie, Garcia and others he was not highly regarded at the NFL draft because he was considered too small. He was mobile, a deadly accurate passer, and extremely smart - all qualities required of a successful CFL QB.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Certainly not.

I'm implying that the prevailing thought that QBs who don't have the passing skills to play in the NFL are hot commodities up here - nothing could be further from reality.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ottawa is about an 8 hour drive from Cleveland. Manziel might as well load up and hit the highway before winter sets in.

1. Manziel has played 1 NFL game in an offense that hasn't looked like it was even partly functional since the Bernie Kosar days (when it was partly functional).

2. The CFL is a quarterback league, much more so than the NFL. QBs who can't cut it in the NFL are even less capable of playing in the CFL.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:48 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'd rather us just actually draft good players and develop them instead of gambling on vets

Guessing you have no aspirations of becoming a Yankee executive.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:31 AM on December 12

Jon Lester Signs 6-Year, $155 Million Deal with Chicago Cubs

They'd never had a postseason ace like him before ...

And Lester is a postseason ace?

posted by cixelsyd at 04:26 PM on December 10

Jon Lester Signs 6-Year, $155 Million Deal with Chicago Cubs

Lester goes from being underpaid to sickeningly overpaid. I do expect he has 1 or 2 more good years left in the rotation ... Do the Cubs really think they have a squad capable of challenging during the next 2 years? Lester isn't going to bring the additional 17 wins the Cubs need to make the post season even if he has a career year.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on December 10

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 12



572 yards

posted by cixelsyd at 02:50 PM on November 27

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

Sherman is getting paid millions per year because the NFL is successful and not because mankind has elevated him to being the voice of the people.

Grow the fuck up and abide by your employer's wishes or find a job elsewhere like the rest of us.

With emphasis on elsewhere.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:55 PM on November 26

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

I'm having trouble connecting

It is Sherman that is having trouble connecting his string of random rants into anything sensible or entertaining.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:51 AM on November 26

2015 Hall of Fame ballot released

Skip the ballots and just send Pedro and The Unit induction invitations.

Of course if there is a ballot some moronic Yankee sportswriter will cross out Pedro in favor of Rich Monteleone.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:53 PM on November 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Teams had given up on Lowry because of his injury history. He's the type of player a team grows to count on for steady performance every night ..... as long as he is healthy.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:37 AM on November 23