Recent Comments by cixelsyd

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.

Penalty:

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Please leave Fenway just the way it is. No better place to take in a sporting event.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:57 AM on August 29

...and Maybe the Dynamite Fizzles

the Cleveland front office are bumblers

To the extent that they didn't attempt to get Butler or someone in trade before Irving went public, possibly.

The Cavs front office decisions are governed by the requirement to cater entirely to what LeBron wants. But they still got the Celtics best defender, a lottery pick, and an injured all-star in return for their equivalent of the Queen of Spades.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:51 PM on August 28

...and Maybe the Dynamite Fizzles

The deal being nullified isn't the end of the world for the Celtics. They would pretty much end up with a lottery pick next year and all they need to do is draft decently.

Unless they draft like they did this year ....

posted by cixelsyd at 10:56 PM on August 27

Boom goes the dynamite.

Echo your thoughts on Crowder, he was the Celtics best defender. And that first rounder who is almost a lock lottery pick (Nets) ...

I think the Cavs are really happy with the return for Irving.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:46 PM on August 23

Boom goes the dynamite.

Cavs won in 2016 because they went to Irving in key moments. For whatever reason they chose not to ride him when he was hot in the 2017 series, and I think this is what fueled his desire to get out of Cleveland, or more so, away from LeBron. If the Celtics can retain the chemistry they had last year, which they had largely because of Thomas, they will be better this year. But don't kid yourselves .. if Irving and LeBron can't beat Golden State, Irving and the Celtics aren't doing it either.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:01 AM on August 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 7

Edmonton by 7

BC by 10

Calgary by 18

posted by cixelsyd at 02:37 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 3

Ottawa by 7

Calgary by 13

Montreal by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 11:37 PM on August 15

Ezekiel Elliott suspended by NFL

I wish the NFL would defer to the authorities on criminal allegations and not take action until a charge is filed

I agree somewhat with this, but prefer the NFL's approach.

The unfortunate reality with the US legal system is that those with money are rarely found guilty. They simply pay to make their crimes go away.

Wasn't it Hardy where people actually witnessed the assaults that never officially happened (legally) because the victim wouldn't testify? What about the Ray Rice situation that the NFL got roasted on first for stepping in where the "law" should handle the situation then for being too weak when video evidence was released?

posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 PM on August 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 10

Montreal by 9

Winnipeg by 17

BC by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 07:39 PM on August 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Calgary by 9

Winnipeg by 7

Edmonton by 17

BC by 8

posted by cixelsyd at 10:09 AM on August 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

WPG 8

EDM 7

TOR 7

CAL 10

posted by cixelsyd at 10:50 AM on July 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

I think you're missing a pick (Saskatchewan/Calgary) Thanks, tt

Calgary by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 11:11 PM on July 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Ottawa by 7

Edmonton by 20

Winnipeg by 3

Toronto by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 03:39 PM on July 18

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Watched the first set and it was obvious Cilic had no chance. Federer looked like he was playing a tuneup against a college freshman.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:45 PM on July 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Thursday it is.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:32 PM on July 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Toronto by 7

Calgary by 10

Edmonton by 7

BC by 17

posted by cixelsyd at 02:37 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Players like Judge may make the Yankees relevant again and give the likes of ESPN and others something non-ex-Yankee to write about.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:21 PM on July 12

Edmonton Oilers sign Connor McDavid to eight-year contract worth $12.5-million a year

Crosby-Malkin or Kane-Toews

Your comment on cap space is intriguing.

Both Oilers have a long way to go to match what Crosby and Toews bring at both ends of the rink. And the Blackhawks organization, Penguins to a lesser extent, have done an incredible job of filling the roster with quality pieces around the core.

Oilers lucked into McDavid and aside from simply picking the easy choice every year have been a complete failure of plugging holes in the roster. And they've ruined/wasted a bunch of very talented young players along the way. It's more the Oilers organization that needs to step up now.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:08 PM on July 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Crowder, Bradley, and Smart are all quality pieces but essentially bring the same game to a team. And if they stick around will hamper Tatum's development.

If only Ainge had an idea Hayward was on his way he could have moved a few of those pieces and maybe Jackson shows for his workout and is a Celtic today.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:51 PM on July 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Agree with your take on Utah. One of maybe 3 NBA young teams on the rise that will be devastated by Hayward's departure and wish he would have stayed. Good young player but I think he brought more value to Utah than he will the Celtics.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:44 PM on July 05

Edmonton Oilers sign Connor McDavid to eight-year contract worth $12.5-million a year

McDavid will generate a couple hundred million per year for the Oilers and the NHL.

He probably could have played out his RFA years and signed for a pile more in a big US market but I admire his decision. Even if I have to watch the Oilers win a Cup before my Jets.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:35 PM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ainge has done a good job of stockpiling draft picks and Stevens appears to have been able to make the college to pro jump successfully. Good on Ainge for not wasting assets needlessly. What he needs to do now is tone down a bit and let the team sell itself as a good situation for free agents and future draft picks.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:52 PM on July 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

BC by 7

Winnipeg by 4

Ottawa by 6

Saskatchewan by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 03:30 PM on July 05

The LA Clippers trade PG Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets

Basketball is slowly turning into the EPL

I'm finding the off-season about twice as interesting as the first three round of this year's playoffs

The NBA has been boring and completely predictable ever since LeBron James did his decision douche-baggery and joined 2 other stars in Miami in a realization they had no chance of winning otherwise. It was great to see Golden State win 2 years ago with a home grown team and Durant certainly is a class act deserving of a championship but his move to the Warriors is bad for the league.

I guess all we have to wait for now is to see who LeBron convinces to join the Cavs in making a decision if the NBA is worth watching at all next season.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:08 PM on June 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Calgary by 9

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 10

Winnipeg by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 06:03 PM on June 27

Trump Runs Over the Biggest Rule of Golf Green Etiquette

This disgraceful act casts shame upon our nation :(

Driving on the green is the most unsettling thing Trump has done

You both are now officially target for both deportation and the Russian mafia/government or whatever they call themselves.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:20 AM on June 27

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

Nashville

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
Getzlaf
Rinne

Ottawa in 6
Karlsson
Anderson

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