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SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

My picks:

CLE in 6
SAS in 5
GSW in 5

Tech: Westbrook
Threes: Durant

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:02 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Thanks, rcade. None of them had any listed in their profiles.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:03 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

The pairings we know about:

Cleveland vs. Atlanta
San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City
Golden St. vs. Portland

Two points for getting the series winner correct. 4 points for getting series winner and number of games correct. No points for getting number of games correct if you pick the wrong team.

Bonuses:
Name one player that gets a technical foul in the second round (2 pts)
Name the player in the second round that hits the most three-pointers (3 pts)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:24 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

With 5 out of 8 series completed, you can check in on the NBA playoff pick 'em standings here. Pretty tight over all.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:22 AM on April 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Islanders in 7
Capitals in 6
Stars in 7
Sharks in 6

Goal Scorer: Spezza
Save %: Ben Bishop
PP%: Dallas
Goals per game: Capitals

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:16 PM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

And this comes less than three weeks after the Blackhawks announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project (who the NHL also have a partnership with).

I know it's almost certainly not going to happen, but he needs to be suspended now, not at the beginning of next season. And it should come down from the team, not the League.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:10 PM on April 20

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Gotcha Howard. Thanks.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:55 PM on April 14

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft

This also may throw a wrench in Dallas's plans, which from what I've read were leaning heavily towards taking a QB with the 4th pick.

Part of me wonders if this is a sign that Kroenke is actually caring about the team he fields now, but really, fuck that guy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:05 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

My picks:

East -
CLE in 6
TOR in 5
CHA in 6
ATL in 5

West -
GSW in 4
SAS in 4
OKC in 7
LAC in 7

Highest team score: 129
Highest individual score: 44

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:55 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

I'll be tracking picks and scoring in a Google spreadsheet, which can be viewed here.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:54 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Thanks Howard! Don't forget the bonus picks, though.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:34 PM on April 14

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Round One
Choose the winner and number of games for the following series (1 point for getting winner correct, 1 point for getting number of games correct, 1 bonus point for getting both winner and number of games correct)

East:
(1) Cleveland vs. (8) Detroit
(2) Toronto vs. (7) Indiana
(3) Miami vs. (6) Charlotte
(4) Atlanta vs. (5) Boston

West:
(1) Golden State vs. (8) Houston
(2) San Antonio vs. (7) Memphis
(3) Oklahoma City vs. (6) Dallas
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Portland

Bonus Points:
- What will be the highest single game point total a team reaches in the first round? (1 bonus point for guessing +/- 5 of actual total)
- What will be the highest single game point total a player will score in the first round? (1 bonus point for guessing +/- 3 of actual total)

1st round maximum points: 26

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:07 PM on April 14

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Ufez, you might want to rethink your Stamkos pick, he's out 1-3 months.

Oh crap. Thanks, tommy!

Put me down for East - John Tavares then.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:26 AM on April 13

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

East (I have no idea what I'm doing here)
Islanders in 7
Lightning in 7
Penguins in 6
Capitals in 5

West (I only have a vague idea of what I'm doing here)
Stars in 5
Chicago in 6 (though I'd be happy to be wrong here)
Nashville in 7
Sharks in 7

Scorers:
East - Stamkos
West - Tarasenko

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:32 AM on April 13

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Final Week

4-10
SAS by 6. I hear the Spurs *really* want to be the only team to go through a season undefeated at home. They'll give it Kawhi's all.

4-11
ATL by 10
SAC by 8

4-12
OKC by 6 (I'd love to see the Spurs blow ^ here, so that's what I'm picking)
LAC by 14

4-13
BOS by 7
GSW by 15
UTA by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:01 PM on April 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

April 5:
Miami by 7
GSW by 23 (SLAM)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:35 PM on April 05

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

Holy hell, this week.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:52 PM on April 02

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

Well this is going terribly so far...

April 1:
CLE by 9
GSW by 19 (SLAM)

April 3:
OKC by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:14 PM on April 01

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

Hooray, I've been missing this.

Mar 29:
Cle by 14
GSW by 10

Mar 31:
HOU by 8
LAC by 5

I'll put the rest in on Friday.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:12 PM on March 29

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Well this week is starting out ominously.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:57 AM on March 15

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Mar 14
Memphis by 4
Cleveland by 17 (Slam dunk)

Mar 16
OKC by 4
Clippers by 10

Mar 19
San Antone by 6 (provided Pop doesn't go all Pop-py and sit a bunch of his starters. I'll be keeping an eye out)

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:28 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The University of Illinois has hired Lovie Smith as their new head football coach.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:11 PM on March 07

Shelter Dogs Serve As 'Ball Boys' At Brazil Tennis Open

I love the wristbands. Also, the black and tan dog kind of reminded me of

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:12 AM on March 07

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Shit sandwich, I missed the Spurs game. It's been (and will continue to be) a long, fraught week.

Give me GSW by 6 tonight

March 4
CLE by 7
ATL by 12

March 5
Houston by 3

March 6
GSW by 14

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:42 PM on March 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

March 2
Spurs by 14 (slam)
OKC by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:52 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't know if I was supposed to read that in Paul Harvey's voice, but I sure as hell did it anyways.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:43 AM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not sure if that's better or worse than the time the Dolphins asked Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:55 PM on February 26

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 17

24th:
Chicago by 8
San Antonio by 10

25th:
OKC by 14 (slam)
Portland by 13

26th:
Atlanta by 10
Memphis by 6

27th:
Golden State by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:08 PM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ask Jeeves.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:43 PM on February 19

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15

The remainder of my picks:

Feb. 19
Oklahoma City by 14
Boston by 11

Feb. 20
Golden State by 12

Feb. 21
OKC by 7
Chicago by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:00 PM on February 17

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15

Well crap. Lousy snow kept me stuck in traffic and I didn't get home before the tipoff of the CLE/LAL game. Such is life.

Feb 10 Portland by 7

Feb 11 Thunder by 17 SLAM

Feb 12 US by 15? Hell, I don't know.

Feb 14 East by 10

I'll hit the rest early next week.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:36 PM on February 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

I think this is my 3rd Costanza in the last ~9 months.

Gonna go update my LinkedIn profile.

(congrats tron!)

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:37 PM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Sure, let's get my third Costanza in the past few months. Why the hell not?

Carolina by 17
Total Score: 47
First FG: McManus
First TD: Greg Olsen
Passing: Cam
Rushing: Stewart
Receiving: Olsen
Sack: D-Ware
Interception: Chris Harris
First turnover: Ted Ginn Jr.
MVP: Cam
Contest winner: Grum

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:36 PM on February 07

BMX Biker, X-Games Star Dave Mirra Dies

An hour before the shooting, Mirra posted a photo on Instagram of himself and his wife captioned "My rock! Thank god."

Ugh, that stings.

Part of me can't help but wonder (or fear) if this is going to be another wave of CET victims. Mirra was a big part of the era of street sports VHS tapes that my friends and I used to watch obsessively in HS and college, before the X-Games and YouTube and everything else.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:45 PM on February 04

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

Feb 4:
Detroit by 10
Pelicans by 14

Feb 5:
Atlanta by 6
(Tina Belcher moan) Spurs by 9 (increasing Tina moan) Slam Dunk

Feb 6:
Golden St. by 8

Feb 7:
Heat by 7

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:33 PM on February 04

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

13 veins at the top of the crest to commemorate the club's Stanley Cup Championships.

...

Nah, too easy.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:33 PM on February 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

Feb 3:
Golden State by 14
Clippers by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 05:00 PM on February 03

Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs

It'd be kind of handy if they'd list the year of the SB along with the roman numerals.

This derpy caricature of John Elway makes up for any transgressions, though:

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:36 AM on January 28

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Hahaha. And that's what I get for meddling.

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:49 AM on January 28

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Begrudging thanks. I guess. (not even going to watch this)

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:15 PM on January 27

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

No Dirk or Zaza? Can I switch my spread in the Mavs/Warriors game to 28? (Yes, serious)

(if not, no biggie)

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:28 PM on January 27

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Jan 27:
Angry Spurs by 12
(sigh) Warriors by 17

Jan 28:
Toronto by 13 (SLAM)
Chicago by 9

Jan 30:
Spurs by 6

Jan 31:
Clippers by 8

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:39 PM on January 27

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

New England by 7
Arizona by 10 (lock)

Total yards (team) - Arizona
Most TOs - New England
Passing Yards - Brady
Rushing Yards - J. Stewart
Receiving Yards - L. Fitzgerald
Sack - Dwight Freeney
Interception - Rashad Johnson

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:35 PM on January 23

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

The way they're playing right now I'm tempted to change my spread on the Friday game to Golden State at home against Indiana to 50.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:47 PM on January 20

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

Jan 20:
GSW by 18
Atlanta by 7

Jan 21:
Cleveland by 9
Spurs by 15

Jan 22:
Miami by 5
GSW by 24 (SLAM)

Jan 23:
Cleveland by 11

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:02 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

Kansas City by 6
Arizona by 13 (LOCK)
Carolina by 6
Denver by 14 (LOCK)

QB - Carson Palmer
RB - Johnathon Stewart
WR - Demaryius Thomas
INT - Bixby Oklahoma's own Chris Harris

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:05 PM on January 16

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 11

Ugh. Busy day and I missed out on the early game. Oh well, I've been wrong on Boston all season anyhow.

Jan 13:
Clippers by 4

Jan 14:
San Antone by 7 (please let me jinx them)
Golden State by 19 (SLAM)

Jan 15:
OKC by 13
Cleveland by 7

Jan 18:
Memphis by 5
Golden St by 9
LA Clippers by 11

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:17 PM on January 13

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Kansas City by 6
Cincinnati by 3
Seattle by 7
Washington by 7

QB - Roethlisberger
RB - Eddie Lacy
WR - A.J. Green
Sack - Ryan Kerrigan (WAS)

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:21 PM on January 08

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 10

Ugh. I blame (the otherwise brilliant) NBA Injury Report for not warning me that Mike Conley was out.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:26 AM on January 07

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 10

How are the Lakers getting back-to-back nationally televised games? I mean, I know the answer(s), but still... ugh.

Wed 6:
Miami by 4
Memphis by 6

Thu 7:
Chicago by 7
Sacramento by 16

Fri 8:
Cleveland by 11
OKC by 21 (Slam Dunk)

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:52 PM on January 06

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

New Orleans by 10
N.Y. Jets by 13
Detroit by 6
Cincinnati by 17
Pittsburgh by 11
Washington by 4
Indianapolis by 10
New England by 13
N.Y. Giants by 8
Houston by 11
Denver by 9
Kansas City by 13 (lock)
Arizona by 9
St. Louis by 12
Carolina by 3
Green Bay by 6 - 37 total points

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:04 PM on January 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Sunday's games:
Carolina by 24
Buffalo by 17
Detroit by 8
Houston by 7
Kansas City by 17 (LOCK)
Indianapolis by 3
New England by 10
Tampa Bay by 7
Pittsburgh by 13
New Orleans by 6
Arizona by 7
Seattle by 21
Minnesota by 6
Denver by 13

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:01 PM on December 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Oakland by 10.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:37 PM on December 24

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 9

What a great lineup. And I'm already pissed that I'm going to be at my SO's family's place, none of whom are basketball fans. And then I have a 10:00 PM flight to see my folks. So I'm basically going to miss all of it.

Miami by 8
OKC by 13
Cleveland by 7
Spurs by 14
Clippers by 19 (Santa Slam!)

posted by Ufez Jones at 08:42 PM on December 23

Final 2015 MLB 40-man payroll totals are released.

From August 1:

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:37 PM on December 21

Ranking all 30 NBA court designs

Lowe's rankings are always a bit weird to me because he is clearly not a graphic designer.

Yeah, I thought that was an interesting bit from the Tribune to get several designers together but then I quickly realized that, much like economists, you get 4 in a room together and somehow wind up with 5 strong opinions.

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:11 PM on December 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

St. Louis by 6
N.Y. Jets by 14
Houston by 6
Minnesota by 8
New England by 13
Carolina by 16
Buffalo by 9
Jacksonville by 17
Kansas City by 14
Green Bay by 7
Seattle by 21 (lock)
Pittsburgh by 7
San Diego by 6
Cincinnati by 3
Arizona by 9
New Orleans by 10

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:50 AM on December 17

Ranking all 30 NBA court designs

Yeah, Lowe did one a few 15 months back.

(he did logo rankings this year)

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:16 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Gilbert Arenas confirms that the Zero in his nickname refers to how much class he has (mildly NSFW).

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:46 PM on December 16

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 8

Wed Dec 16
Chicago by 6
Golden State by 19 (dunk)

Thu Dec 17
Cleveland by 3
Houston by 12

Fri Dec 18
Spurs by 8
Phoenix by 9

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:58 AM on December 16