Recent Comments by cixelsyd

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Amazed at the Steelers' apparent lack of preparation from coaching and all the way throughout the roster. That game was over before it started. Bortles pass completion percentage is near single digits beyond 12 yards in the best of conditions but the Steelers let the Jags run the short play action pass all day. Why in hell were they lining up the corners 15 yards off the line of scrimmage? You have a huge quarterback but run draw plays on 3rd and 4th and less than a yard? On-side kick because you are facing a team and a quarterback with no playoff experience .. at home?

Good for the Jags. They earned it.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:58 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Philadelphia by 9 LOCK

New England by 4

Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 10 LOCK

The quarterback with the most passing yards: BIG BEN (PIT)

The player with the most rushing yards: Bell (PIT)

The player with the most receiving yards: A.Brown (PIT)

A player who will get a sack: D.Morgan (TEN)

The team that will score the most points: Pittsburgh

posted by cixelsyd at 04:05 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The thing that impressed me about Saban was that once he made the decision he stuck with it. The kid played far from what would be considered a clean and disciplined game but made more plays than mistakes in the end.

Georgia's coaching staff, on the other hand, essentially shut Fromm down with what I would call a prevent offense: they decided not to try and win but to try not to lose. Running the ball every down in the 2nd half and only attempting passes on 3rd and long when you are at a distinct disadvantage on both sides of the line makes no sense, especially when all of Georgia's offensive success came from Fromm's ability to hit receivers which opened up the play action run game.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:22 PM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Be interesting to see the entire list of free agent values and would bet it would be heavily skewed towards the negative. Outside of maybe an absolute ace starter in his prime a free agent is really just an expensive way of plugging a hole created by a deficiency in an organization's development system.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:14 PM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

True, but the Patriots are playing Mariota who can have his moments.

Steelers, on the other hand, drew Bortles who must have been drafted because of his prowess at the shot put.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:43 AM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

KC by 7 LOCK

Rams by 9

JAX by 10

NO by 8

QB: Brees +5

RB: Gurley

WR: Jones (ATL)

INT: Bouye (JAX)

PTS: Rams

posted by cixelsyd at 12:17 PM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

Congrats tron, and thanks again rcade.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:58 AM on January 05

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

Winter can be great if you find ways to enjoy it WPG 2018. Biggest gripes up here are not enough snow and temperatures during the winter season that melt the snow prohibiting winter activities.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:22 PM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Interesting .. and I get your angle ... BUT

Mount Union actually was allowed to compete for the National Championship of the league they played in based upon their on field performance. Not because of the conference they are in or how much gate or merchandise revenue they haul in.

DivIII has 32 teams playing for the championship. No doubt there are probably a few non-merit based berths each year but the entire format is not bastardized like CFP is.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:34 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Huge money schools will never schedule lesser known schools with good programs and thus are selected on reputation alone.

It made no difference if UCF went undefeated this year. They could go undefeated again next year but with the current selection algorithms have already been eliminated from any chance of competing for the "CFP Championship". Auburn, who UCF just beat, and Mississippi State both lost 4 games this year but are already in the running and likely a lock next year even if they both lose 2 games.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:39 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

UCF has completed an undefeated season by beating Auburn. Auburn beat both of the teams that will be playing in the big-money schools championship.

The winner of the money-game will be declared the CFP Champion.

UCF is the clear National Champion.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:20 PM on January 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

Detroit BY 7 LOCK

Indianapolis BY 3

Minnesota BY 14 New England BY 9 LOCK

Washington BY 4

Philadelphia BY 6

Pittsburgh BY 3

Carolina BY 4

Kansas City BY 6 LOCK

Jacksonville BY 3

San Francisco BY 4

Buffalo BY 10 LOCK

L.A. Chargers BY 3

Seattle BY 9 LOCK

New Orleans BY 10 LOCK

Baltimore BY 9 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 09:51 PM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Upside to this is he won't be able to continue a $5K per day blow and champagne habit on a CFL salary.

That is IF he can actually cut it in the CFL.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:29 AM on December 29

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Gene Steratore's Index Card Edition

Baltimore 13 LOCK

Minnesota 3 LOCK

Chicago 4 LOCK

Detroit 4

L.A. Rams 10 LOCK

Kansas City 4 LOCK

New England 3 LOCK

New Orleans 7 LOCK

L.A. Chargers 13 LOCK

Washington 3 LOCK

Carolina 10 LOCK

Jacksonville 7 LOCK

Dallas 3

Arizona 4

Philadelphia 6 LOCK

Pittsburgh 7 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 04:48 PM on December 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition

Denver by 4

Chicago by 4

L.A. Chargers by 6

Jacksonville by 3

Miami by 4

Baltimore by 17 LOCK

Minnesota by 8 LOCK

New by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 4

Washington by 7

Carolina by 3

L.A. Rams by 4

Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK

San Francisco by 2

Dallas by 7 LOCK

Atlanta by 4 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 01:19 PM on December 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So Jefferson plays in Seattle where EVERY single opponent gets something thrown at them. He also gets paid well to do what he does because there are fans in the stadium.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:25 AM on December 11

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition

Buffalo 6

Cincinnati 10 LOCK

Green Bay 7 LOCK

Oakland 6

Dallas 4 LOCK

Tampa Bay 3

Minnesota 4

Houston 4

N.Y. Jets 6

Tennessee 3

L.A. Chargers 8 LOCK

Philadelphia 6

Seattle 6 LOCK

Pittsburgh 4

New England 10 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 12:45 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It has been reported that Gronk is appealing the suspension. He did at least admit to the offense in question.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:14 PM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Gronk should miss some time over this late hit cheap shot

Up 23-3 late in the 4th on a play that meant nothing except for the Patriots padding their stat line.

Precedent indicates textbook 2 games. I'd be very surprised if the NFL gives him yet another pass being that this was a targeted head shot .. from behind .. to an opponent laying on the field.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:32 AM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

It will take a season where Alabama is clearly not one of the top 4 teams before they expand to 8, and then likely it will happen the very next year. Even then less lucrative undefeated teams like UCF and Boise State teams will probably never get a shot.

Big money programs in NCAA Basketball also always get favorable seeding in March ... but they do have to play the lower ranked small schools that they avoid playing otherwise.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:37 PM on December 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: With the First Pick the Giants Take Edition

Washington by 7

Minnesota by 3

New England by 8 LOCK

San Francisco by 2

Green Bay by 3

Houston by 3

Miami by 3

Kansas City by 4

Jacksonville by 7

Detroit by 3

L.A. Chargers by 9 LOCK

Oakland by 10 LOCK

New Orleans by 4

L.A. Rams by 7 LOCK

Philadelphia by 4 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 4 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 06:02 PM on November 30

New York Giants bench Eli Manning, start Geno Smith

There's no shortage of teams who could use him

The short list would be teams that would not consider him.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:20 PM on November 29

New York Giants bench Eli Manning, start Geno Smith

Eli has proven he can win Superbowls on a team with inferior talent and decent coaching .. just ask Brady and Belichick.

McAdoo has proven he isn't the coach Coughlin was.

This is the best, from Marshawn: "The @Giants benching Eli Manning for Geno Smith is almost as crazy as not running the ball on the 1 with a Super Bowl in the line"

OK, so McAdoo isn't the worst NFL coach ...

posted by cixelsyd at 10:57 PM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

And UCLA gets a whole lot of smoke.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:27 AM on November 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


Somebody is actually watching the Giants play the Redskins. Field condition is probably the most interesting facet of that contest.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:17 PM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Toronto by 4




posted by cixelsyd at 06:05 PM on November 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Minnesota by 4 LOCK

Dallas by 7 LOCK

Washington by 8 LOCK

Atlanta by 7 LOCK

Cincinnati by 3

Tennessee by 4

Kansas City by 4

New England by 10 LOCK

Carolina by 3

Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

Seattle by 4 LOCK

Oakland by 3

L.A. Rams by 4

Jacksonville by 4 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK

Baltimore by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 10:38 AM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Pete Carroll had another acid flashback last night. Fourth and 4 with 7 seconds left no timeouts and trailing the team you need to beat for wildcard positioning, why not run a fake field goal where you hand the ball off to Luke Willson for his first running attempt of the season (? his career) whom you've chosen because he is the slowest player on either team who isn't an offensive lineman.

Yes, everyone was fooled.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:51 AM on November 21

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Sure. Get rid of Goodell and bring someone in who will just yield to the 2 owners who feel they and their players are entitled to special treatment and are therefore above any form of league enforced punishment.

The NFL doesn't need to spend large sums of money, or create any "law enforcement branches", if it is allowed to enforce it's rules. It does if it needs to defend itself against the few franchises that feel they are above the rules that all others abide by.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:06 PM on November 17

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 7

Edmonton by 9



posted by cixelsyd at 12:33 PM on November 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 7

Jacksonville by 9 LOCK

Detroit by 4 LOCK

Baltimore by 3

Tampa Bay by 3

L.A. Rams by 4

New Orleans by 7 LOCK

Kansas City by 7 LOCK

Houston by 9 LOCK

Buffalo by 6

Cincinnati by 3

Oakland by 4

Philadelphia by 9 LOCK

Seattle by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 04:55 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Big week for the Ball brothers .. Lonzo with a triple double and LiAngelo leading UCLA in steals.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:25 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Niners won a game?

Jed York will be busy this week increasing ticket prices AND purging the roster and coaching staff of individuals earning close to or above league average salary.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:10 PM on November 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

but I'd love to see Goodell and his lousy leadership gone

And if he gets pushed out because of Jones, who is only worried about money and griping currently because of the Elliot situation, who will the NFL get to replace Goodell?

Think about it. If Jones and Kraft have enough power to influence or overrule every decision that the individual who supposedly is in place to ensure and enforce league integrity makes then why even bother having such a position. If the goal is only money then eliminate the ability of the league to fine or suspend for cheating or conduct detrimental to the league.

If the "situations" exposed by Goodell were not tied to Dallas or New England Jones and Kraft would be applauding the commissioner.

I expect that rich guys like NFL owners make threats to sue all the time to throw their weight around

NFL owners AND players who have been advised by their lawyers that they may be better off by challenging decisions legally rather than accepting responsibility for their actions. Owners are typically businessmen who are successful because they used any means possible to crush their opposition including litigation. This does not work for athletes.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:46 AM on November 10

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Sask by 9

Wpg by 3

Justin Medlock WPG


posted by cixelsyd at 01:03 PM on November 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Seattle by 8 LOCK

New Orleans by 4 LOCK

Chicago by 7

Detroit by 10 LOCK

Cincinnati by 4

Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK

N.Y. Jets by 4

Minnesota by 3

Jacksonville by 6

L.A. Rams by 4

Dallas by 4

San Francisco by 3

New England by 10 LOCK

Carolina by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 12:59 PM on November 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

HAM 17



TO 4

posted by cixelsyd at 05:00 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Buffalo by 7

Tennessee by 7

New Orleans by 9

L.A. Rams by 8

Philadelphia by 7 [LOCK]

Carolina by 4

Jacksonville by 6

Houston by 9

Arizona by 4

Seattle by 3

Kansas City by 6

Oakland by 11 [LOCK]

Detroit by 4 [LOCK]

posted by cixelsyd at 02:13 PM on November 01

Jerry Jones Leads NFL Owner Revolt Against Roger Goodell

Jerry Jones is no voice of reason. He is the worst example of an owner who hires any individual regardless of current or previous character issues. He and other owners then bitch that Goodell isn't doing a good enough job cleaning up the mess they have created. From a financial perspective Jones and Kraft are great for the league but neither accept responsibility for anything but accumulating personal wealth.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:04 AM on November 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Miami by 4

Minnesota by 7 LOCK

Oakland by 4

Indianapolis by 3

L.A. Chargers by 4

New Orleans by 9 LOCK

Atlanta by 4

Philadelphia by 9 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 6

Houston by 3

Dallas by 4

Pittsburgh by 6 LOCK

Kansas City by 8 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 06:24 PM on October 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Ott by 7

Sask by 17

Winnipeg by 7

Ed by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 09:32 PM on October 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Good coach, but what record do you think he would have if he was the head of FAU and didn't have the talent advantage he has every year at Bama? What he does best is recruit.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:10 PM on October 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Calgary by 10

Winnipeg by 8

Edmonton by 7

Hamilton by 6

posted by cixelsyd at 11:45 PM on October 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

Kansas City by 9

Tampa Bay by 7

Carolina by 8 LOCK

Tennessee by 4 LOCK

New Orleans by 7

Jacksonville by 4

L.A. Rams by 7 LOCK

N.Y. Jets by 3

Baltimore by 7

Dallas by 6

Seattle by 7

Pittsburgh by 3

Denver by 7 LOCK

Atlanta by 9 LOCK

Philadelphia by 3 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 12:16 PM on October 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Carolina 9 (huddle)

Atlanta 10 LOCK

Green Bay 10 LOCK

Detroit 7

N.Y. Jets 4

Washington 9 LOCK

Baltimore 6 LOCK

Houston 14 LOCK

Tampa Bay 7

L.A. Rams 6

Kansas City 9

Oakland 7 LOCK

Denver 17 LOCK

Tennessee 4

posted by cixelsyd at 11:36 AM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Carolina by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 05:27 PM on October 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If it's a penalty, call it.


26.1 Delayed Penalty - If a third player of any team shall be penalized while two players of the same team are serving penalties, the penalty time of the third player shall not commence until the penalty time of one of the two players already penalized has elapsed. Nevertheless, the third penalized player must at once proceed to the penalty bench. He may be substituted for on the ice so as to keep the on-ice strength at no less than three skaters for his team.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:27 PM on October 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Calgary 9

Sask 13

Wpg 9

Edmonton 10

posted by cixelsyd at 05:19 PM on October 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

Tampa Bay by 7

Buffalo by 3

N.Y. Jets by 4

Detroit by 6

Indianapolis by 7

Tennessee by 7

N.Y. Giants by 6

Philadelphia by 8

Pittsburgh by 3

Oakland by 9 LOCK

L.A. Rams by 3

Green Bay by 7

Kansas City by 6

Minnesota by 9 LOCK

posted by cixelsyd at 04:55 PM on October 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Winnipeg by 7

Toronto by 4

BC by 10

Edmonton by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 12:08 PM on October 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

L.A. Rams by 7

Baltimore by 7

Denver by 9 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 4 LOCK

Detroit by 3

Cleveland by 6

Tampa Bay by 6

New England by 8

Miami by 4

Philadelphia by 3

Carolina by 3

Tennessee by 4

Green Bay by 6

Kansas City by 7 LOCK

Oakland by 7 LOCK

Dallas by 3

posted by cixelsyd at 02:48 PM on September 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Winnipeg by 10

BC by 7

Toronto by 8

Calgary by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 02:51 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lions and Giants both have teams capable of making the playoffs and either could win the game.

Ideal time would be during an AFC East conference matchup: 3 teams attempting to tank badly to land the highest draft choice and 1 guaranteed a playoff berth prior to the opening of training camp.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:28 PM on September 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 9

Baltimore by 3

Carolina by 7

Arizona by 6

Tennessee by 7

Kansas City by 3

New England by 7

Pittsburgh by 3

Tampa Bay by 4

L.A. Chargers by 7

Oakland by 13 - LOCK

Denver by 4

L.A. Rams by 3

Seattle by 7 - LOCK

Green Bay by 7

Detroit by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 12:22 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Sask by 9

Edmonton by 7

BC by 7

Montreal by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 01:16 PM on September 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

BC by 10

Winnipeg by 3

Ottawa by 7

Calgary by 14

posted by cixelsyd at 10:46 AM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

New England 3

Buffalo 10 LOCK

Washington 7

Oakland 4

Houston 7

Detroit 7

Pittsburgh 10 LOCK

Atlanta 10 LOCK

Cincinnati 7

L.A. Rams 9

Carolina 7 LOCK

Green Bay 7

Dallas 7

Minnesota 6

Denver 7

posted by cixelsyd at 10:20 AM on September 07

Ticats prove they're not only bad, but clueless

June Jones was responsible for the Briles hiring. The Ticats also figured they would have a shot at RG3 with Briles around.

They are clueless on many levels. They already have the most sought after young QB in the CFL with a horrendous offensive line and a receiving crew who drop 3 of every 4 perfect balls thrown in their direction.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:29 AM on September 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 7

Saskatchewan by 7

Calgary by 13

Toronto by 13

posted by cixelsyd at 12:12 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Matthew Stafford took the Detroit Lions to the playoffs 3 of the last 6 years.

The Detroit Lions.

He deserves every penny.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:22 AM on August 30