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NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Colorado in in 5
St. Louis in 6
Anaheim in 4
LA in 7
Boston in 6
Montreal in 6
Pittsburgh in 4
New York in 7

posted by bender at 05:27 PM on April 16

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

I agree. The left leg blocks the plate and prevents Gwynn from touching the plate before he is tagged. There's a debate to be had of whether or not we like the new rule, but as it's written, Gwynn should have been awarded the run.

posted by bender at 09:08 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Atlanta Braves pitcher Luis Avilan's line yesterday:

IP H R ER ERA
1.0 4 5 5 13.50

I don't profess to be a baseball stats expert, but doesn't 5 ER in 1.0 IP equal an ERA of 45.0?

posted by bender at 03:06 PM on April 15

Video: Ball Girl Saves Run in Baltimore

That link doesn't have a video for me, but here is the play on youtube. It seems it was a 1-1 game at the time, though Toronto did go on to score 2 that inning.

posted by bender at 10:50 AM on April 14

Four strikes and you're out

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posted by bender at 09:58 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ian Darke calls a blind date. Is it June yet?

posted by bender at 01:38 PM on April 01

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Hey, if there are 25 million unique entries, those odds improve to 1 in 370 trillion that someone wins!

posted by bender at 09:55 AM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

GOP Lobbyist Wants To Ban Gay Players From The NFL.

I'll save getting too worked up over that for if (when) someone actually tries to move forward with some legislation--which I think is unlikely--but what a jackass.

posted by bender at 11:00 AM on February 25

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player

Fair enough. All the better if it's plausible to think that they would be doing the same thing if he wasn't gay.

posted by bender at 12:35 PM on February 24

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player

I do not follow NBA basketball. Are 10-day contracts a common thing, or is this more likely something of a publicity stunt. Not that I have an objection if it is, but I was just curious.

posted by bender at 09:09 AM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Seriously. You have to know when to just pat the guy on the shoulder and end the interview.

posted by bender at 09:27 AM on February 17

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

There is a little bit of a disconnect between those words by Sam Sr. and these words from Michael Sam at the end of that article, "I told my mom and dad last week, and they just pretty much said, 'We knew and we love you and support you,'" he said. "I'm their baby boy. I'm the first to go to college. I'm the first to graduate college. Something like this is just another milestone."

posted by bender at 11:05 PM on February 11

How to Watch the Olympics

Yeah, when they are several hours ahead of us, I expected a full slate of Olympics action during the day yesterday and was sadly disappointed. I don't understand why they wouldn't do that at least on weekend days.

posted by bender at 04:36 PM on February 09

Sacre Bleu! Los Angeles Lakers Run Out of Players

If both pieces of the puck stay on the ice, can you try to collect them and shoot them both into the net separately?

posted by bender at 08:34 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Russia blocks yogurt bound for US athletes

posted by bender at 06:24 PM on February 06

CBS to Air 8 NFL Games on Thursday Night

If they're going to have them, though, at least they can be on free tv.

posted by bender at 09:32 AM on February 06

CBS to Air 8 NFL Games on Thursday Night

I do not like the Thursday NFL games, partly because there were other things on Thursday already but mostly because I have to make my NFL picks earlier.

posted by bender at 09:32 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I couldn't agree more. No Zlatan is a big disappointment heading into the World Cup and THE reason I had a rooting interest in the Sweden-Portugal playoff. I understand that the other result means Ibrahimovic in and Ronaldo out, but I'll watch Zlatan over Ronaldo all day long.

posted by bender at 11:53 AM on February 05

Seattle Wins Super Bowl 0x30

I agree with Fourth Down Bot that punting should occur far less often. I am intrigued, though, but it's assessment on 4th & 3 that you should punt from your own 7, 10, and 17-24 but should go for it from your own 8, 9, and 12-16.

posted by bender at 11:11 AM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

I lost to two pickers who missed making picks in one week and a third who admittedly wanted "to win the Costanza in a laugher at this point," yet couldn't even suck enough to fall behind me. It's a good thing gambling on sports is not legal in this state.

posted by bender at 09:03 AM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

1. Denver by 7
2. Demaryius Thomas +1
3. Marshawn Lynch
4. Russell Wilson
5. Peyton Manning
6. Richard Sherman
7. Shaun Phillips
8. Dodge
9. 47

posted by bender at 10:16 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I cannot imagine the NFL choosing to do anything other than play on Sunday 2/2, possibly with a delay. The only way I could imagine the game not being played that day is if a state of emergency is declared. I'm not hoping for game-cancelling weather, but I'd love to see snow all over the field for the game. Since we're not going to get to see a "cold weather" Super Bowl again for quite some time (if ever), we might as well get the most out of this one.

posted by bender at 04:21 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The talk of some Super Bowl weather contingency plans that involve moving the game to a different day is ridiculous, right? No way that could happen.

posted by bender at 01:38 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think he meant the Norwegian Olympic Curling team image. I can't see that one, either.

posted by bender at 09:47 AM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

I'm not sure if I should be embarrassed or proud to be trailing someone who didn't even make picks in week 3. I'm not trying to suck, but apparently I know less about NFL football (which I do watch) than CFL football (which I do not watch).

posted by bender at 04:37 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

New England Patriots: AFC Champions

That may actually be a savvy move by Modell's. Those shirts are getting made either way. By putting them on the rack yesterday, I bet they sold a few already.

posted by bender at 11:05 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

Denver by 6 +1
SF by 5
Peyton Manning (DEN) +1
Michael Crabtree (SF)
Knowshon Moreno (DEN)
Bobby Wagner (SEA)

posted by bender at 03:11 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Off-topic, I don't know what game this was from, but a hell of a heads' up play:

It was from a German league game. That link has a longer video that includes the player losing the stick as well. Sweet play!

posted by bender at 05:33 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

I can't believe that no one got any points on the stat questions!

posted by bender at 09:53 AM on January 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Seahawks by 12 +1
Colts by 3
49ers by 6 +1
Broncos by 17 +1
Eric Decker (DEN)
Julius Thomas (DEN)
Richard Sherman (SEA)

posted by bender at 04:14 PM on January 10

Florida State Wins BCS Championship

I didn't see it at first, but the replay showed there was a mild facemask on that tackle as well.

It was indeed a very entertaining game. I actually was surprised with the defensive play of both teams--at least until the final few minutes of the game when they both forgot how to tackle at inopportune times.

posted by bender at 11:31 AM on January 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If that's the case, I guess the ruling that I described was correct. It seems wrong that a hit out of bounds at the end of a play should not be considered part of that play, though I suppose the ball is dead when the runner steps out of bounds. Of course for this particular situation to play out, you have to have a late hit on a 4th down play, so that situation isn't going to arise very often.

posted by bender at 06:40 PM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I agree. He caught the ball. It moved a little bit when he hit the ground, but he caught it.

There was another play/call earlier in the game that seemed like a giant error by the refs. I was watching in a bar and didn't have enough sound to hear very well, but here is what I think transpired:

4th down and 7ish for Clemson, late in the first half. The receiver is pushed out of bounds around the OSU 35, just short of the first down marker. A late hit occurs and is flagged. There is an official review, I believe to check the spot, which confirms that he is short. The ruling is: (1) No first down for Clemson; turnover on downs, (2) Late hit after the play on Ohio State; 15 yard penalty, (3) 1st down Ohio State around the OSU 20.

Is this correct? I understand that this would have been the correct ruling if the penalty were, say unsportsmanlike conduct or some other dead ball foul after the play, but is a late hit really a dead ball foul? It seems to me this penalty should have been tacked on to the end of the run giving Clemson a 1st down at the OSU 20. It proved to be quite significant at the time, as a Clemson TD seemed imminent, which would have put them up 12. Instead, the Buckeyes drove down the field and scored, taking a miraculous 2-point lead into the locker room despite being thoroughly outplayed.

posted by bender at 01:53 PM on January 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Wild-Card-a-Palooza Edition

Chiefs by 3

Eagles by 4

Bengals by 10

49ers by 13, +1

Kaepernick (SF)

Green-Ellis (Cin)

Hali (KC)

posted by bender at 01:53 AM on January 04

Chris Kluwe Knows His NFL Career is Over

I want to believe that a player wouldn't be let go for speaking out on an issue he feels passionate about, particularly when it's clear that it's his views and not the team's, but it certainly sounds like he could be right. Of course, punters are a lot more expendable than quarterbacks, even if they are the best in franchise history. Also, I'm sure this wouldn't be the first time that happened.

There is something to be said for how much of a distraction it could have been, though. Were all of the media requests--certainly unprecedented for a punter--distracting him or others from preparing for games? I certainly have no way of knowing that, though if his accounts of Priefer's actions and comments are accurate, that clearly wasn't the objection that he had.

posted by bender at 04:59 PM on January 02

Browns Fire Chudzinski After Only 1 Season

Perhaps he will make a lot more money in the short run, but at Penn State assuming a continuation of the success he has so far enjoyed, he would very likely have a well-paid lifetime gig.

He has clearly played the hand he was dealt at Penn State very well thus far, but there is no such thing as a lifetime job in college football anymore.

posted by bender at 05:53 PM on December 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Maybe I have a short memory, but I don't remember having so many playoff spots up for grabs on the last day of the season or having multiple games where the winner takes the division. Good work, schedulers and random chance!

posted by bender at 07:57 PM on December 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Is Madden experience enough to get an FCS coaching gig?

posted by bender at 11:34 AM on December 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm having trouble finding her career record with the US National Team, but she's made a total of 27 appearances (assuming that site is close to correct) and won a Gold Cup and two Olympic Gold medals.

No, that's well short. An exact record is tough to find, but adding up the matches in ussoccer.com's recount of her career I come up with 130 caps through 2012, and this match preview from early September 2013 has her at 137 caps at that time, and her wikipedia page lists 142 caps, though it does not have a record. She posted her 67th shutout (in her 133rd start) for the USWNT on October 30, 2013 vs. Australia, 4 shutouts shy of Scurry's 71.

Solo and Scurry have remarkably similar career USWNT numbers, with the noteworthy difference that Scurry helped bring home a World Cup. Solo did win the Bronze Ball (from the ussoccer.com link) at the 2011 WWC, becoming the first goaltender to do that.

posted by bender at 09:08 AM on December 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The No Fun League is trying to make getting to it's marquee event as difficult and miserable as possible.

posted by bender at 10:31 PM on December 09

UW Snaps Up Boise's Petersen

The Apple Cup is always the final game of the regular season for UW and WSU. That should make it easy to keep scheduled.

/I think it was a sexual inuendo.

posted by bender at 01:18 PM on December 08

Sporting KC Wins MLS Cup on 10th Round of Penalty Kicks

I will grant that as penalty shootouts go, this one was very dramatic. I just hate that a game--particularly one for a championship--is decided by a contest that is so far removed from what they have spent the last 120 minutes, and indeed the last several months, doing.

Bender, what would be your suggestion? The idea of continuing overtime, perhaps with a sudden-death goal after 120 minutes, is not appealing, especially on a day when it's freezing. As George Carlin stated about baseball, "We don't know when it's gonna end."

I would like to see the game continue, and I am not opposed to allowing additional substitutions. I don't know if I have a preference to additional extra time periods as is currently or a sudden death format, but I would like to see the game ended playing something the resembles the game that they have been playing.

If that is not feasible (which maybe it really isn't), I also think the idea (which has been discussed here before) of holding the penalty shootout prior to the extra periods is worth experimenting with.

posted by bender at 01:11 PM on December 08

Sporting KC Wins MLS Cup on 10th Round of Penalty Kicks

Can we get rid of the penalty shootout already? That is the least satisfying ending in all of sports.

posted by bender at 07:24 PM on December 07

U.S. in World Cup's Group G (as in Grim)

I also believe the general US reaction has been massively overblown. Yes, it's a tough group, but it's a tough field. We are also a much improved team. I have seen way too much "Wait 'til 2018!"

posted by bender at 03:58 PM on December 07

No criminal charges for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston

I assumed that this would be the case, figuring if the the AG was bringing charges, he wouldn't have teased them yesterday for today's press conference. Or have a press conference.

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I saw another article about that this morning. I wanted to believe it wasn't real.

posted by bender at 03:17 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

How is it reductive? It's a simple fact. Ohio State doesn't control how strong its conference will be in any given year, but it does control who it plays in OOC games.

That's true, but it's also easier said than done considering conference schedules and how far in advance the big OOC matchups are set. Ohio State can't control how good the teams they choose will be several years later any more than they can predict what year will mark Iowa's return to dominance. The statement implies that Ohio State had the opportunity to schedule better OOC opponents and chose not to, which I don't believe is a fair assessment. When OSU scheduled Cal for this year, that also looked like a better opponent than they turned out to be. Of course, that can work out the other way as well--when OSU and Texas played in 2005 and 2006, I doubt the guys who inked that deal figured both teams would be in the top 5 for both games, but it worked out that way. The best you can do is take a look at your conference and look at the teams available and extend an offer. Eight years later, everyone you based that decision on is going to be selling used cars and signing autographs at the Holiday Inn, or maybe playing on Sunday.

The only reason we're not talking about Auburn's non-con murderer's row of Wazzu, Arkansas St., Western Carolina, and Florida Atlantic is because the SEC isn't down as far as the Big Ten is this year. At least we get a playoff next year to add 2 more teams to the mix.

posted by bender at 01:07 PM on December 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Also, if the SEC, PAC, ACC, Big 12 and Big 10 all end up playing conference championship games

Point of clarification #1: Since the Big XII reduced to 10 teams, it no longer has a championship game. Of course, with only 10 teams, they can (and do) all play each other, so a championship game is unnecessary.

If Ohio State is kept out because of how strength of schedule affected computer rankings, that's a situation it helped create by scheduling Buffalo, San Diego State and Florida A&M as OOC opponents.

Point of clarification #2: The game against Florida A&M was a reschedule, as Ohio State previously had scheduled a series with Vanderbilt that was subsequently cancelled by SEC schedule changes (I believe associated with their adding of 2 teams). A separate series with Tennessee has also been similarly cancelled. All of that doesn't change the fact that OSU did play the teams listed above this season, but it's a little reductive to say that they helped create this situation by their own scheduling. We can all agree that we would have a better impression of how good Ohio State is this season if there had been stiffer competition on their schedule. At least we get to see a B1G championship game with Michigan State.

Of course, Florida State's non-conference schedule (Nevada, Bethune-Cookman, Idaho, Florida) isn't terribly exciting, either. They did beat Clemson in-conference, who is legitimately solid, but the rest of the ACC isn't any better than the rest of the Big Ten.

posted by bender at 09:26 AM on December 02

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Hamilton by 2
Greg Ellingson
Over
41.9

posted by bender at 12:31 PM on November 21

Panthers Edge Patriots, Win Sixth in a Row

I had been kind of indifferent on this call, but now I'm quite certain that the penalty should have been called. It's not uncatchable like most PI waveoffs because it's too high to reach. It's uncatchable because a defender is in better position...which is not uncatchable. I don't believe that that is reasonable justification, when the defender is clearly interfering with the receiver.

As to the question of whether or not Kuechly was preventing Gronkowski from getting to the ball and how that weighs in, I think the only relevant details are that the receiver was in the path of the pass and was interfered with. How many punt returns have been called back by a block in the back behind the returner or how many long running plays have come back due to a hold on the other side of the line? You can commit a penalty that does not really give you an advantage over the situation that you are in.

posted by bender at 12:26 AM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh. There is no picture on my page either, for some reason. I did google the teams and find the story, though. I do not understand how that banner could be made and someone didn't think better of it to stop it from reaching the field.

posted by bender at 10:38 AM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Grum, I think you're missing the first link.

posted by bender at 09:52 AM on November 18

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Hamilton by 5
Calgary by 5
Saskatchewan
Over

posted by bender at 02:08 PM on November 14

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

Montreal by 2
BC by 19
Milo
Under

posted by bender at 08:38 AM on November 08

Wisconsin Columnist: What If Rodgers Got Hurt Monday?

3) Due to fantasy football, people notice more injuries to players on teams other than the ones they support. (and injuries to less-than-stars gather more coverage)

posted by bender at 08:31 PM on November 06

St. Louis Cardinals Radio Signal Going, Going ...

1918 was a thing in 2004... when the real streak was still alive. Years without a championship is noteworthy. Noting years since the fans have been able to celebrate a title won at home just ignores the other recent championships and makes them sound spoiled. It's a good thing the Sox didn't win in 5 games so they could get that monkey off their back.

posted by bender at 03:04 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

On the heels of Boston's worst-to-first World Series run, I have a shot at backing up last season's CFL pick 'em title with this season's Costanza!

Montreal by 3
Calgary by 5
Winnipeg by 18
Edmonton by 10

posted by bender at 09:22 AM on October 31

Red Sox Even World Series at 2

On the other hand, such a play couldn't ever be a loss, since the hitter would be at worst the winning run- if he missed home plate, then all preceding runs scored anyway (unless it was a solo shot), to either tie or go ahead before the hitter crossed the plate.

It could. If it was, say, 6-4 in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out and 1 on, the batter would be the game-tying run, and his out would end the game rather than tie it.

posted by bender at 04:00 PM on October 28

Red Sox Even World Series at 2

The last is especially funny, when McCarver is saying "just did get a piece of the plate" when the replay and PitchFX show the ball about 8" outside.

I'm willing to call this "artistic license" by McCarver when a pitch he didn't think was in the zone was called a strike and he has to call it as the ump called it.

Are we placing bets on which of the items on the grum list will happen? I'd like to take Fielder catches fair/foul ball & goes out of play (into the stands or dugout), winning run advances home on umpire ruling, but not until they go back to Fenway.

posted by bender at 01:34 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Man, I can watch that over and over again.

posted by bender at 05:22 PM on October 23