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NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Minnesota by 3
Denver by 3
Detroit by 5
Green Bay by 3
Kansas City by 7
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK
Miami by 4
Philadelphia by 5
Chicago by 2
LOCK Oakland by 17 LOCK
LOCK New York Giants by 10 LOCK
San Diego by 7
Washington by 6
LOCK Seattle by 13
Indianapolis by 7

posted by bender at 09:59 PM on December 02

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Can I propose that we establish the double of winning the regular season Costanza and the playoff championship as a "bender"? The coin taketh away, and the coin giveth!

posted by bender at 08:30 PM on December 01

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

(I also think the Super Bowl should be played in the previous year's winner's home stadium. Imagine a Lambeau Field Super Bowl.)

I wouldn't go so far as to give it to last year's winner, but I don't see why it isn't acceptable to simply rotate the Super Bowl through all of the league's stadia.

To the topic of this post, quite simply, it's long overdue. There's really no explanation why it took so long to get here, but good news. I'm also amused by the part of this piece that references the other tweaks to the All Star Game to help prevent ties, as if it really should matter if the ASG ends in a tie.

posted by bender at 02:04 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Minnesota by 3

posted by bender at 10:03 AM on December 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition

SLAM Cleveland by 9 SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 10 SLAM
Cleveland by 5
Denver by 4

posted by bender at 01:09 PM on November 30

Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash

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posted by bender at 10:53 PM on November 29

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Detroit by 8
LOCK Dallas by 12 LOCK
Indianapolis by 3
Tennessee by 3
Buffalo by 3
LOCK Atlanta by 14 LOCK
New York Giants by 6
New Orleans by 4
Miami by 5
LOCK Houston by 6 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 3
Oakland by 7
New England by 7
Denver by 3
Philadelphia by 5

posted by bender at 04:27 PM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Ottawa by 8
Henry Burris
Over
410

posted by bender at 04:22 PM on November 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Michael Jordan of Greatness Edition

San Antonio by 8
New Orleans by 8

posted by bender at 09:43 PM on November 22

Jurgen Klinsmann Out as U.S. Men's Soccer Coach

That was fast.

I don't know enough about soccer coaches to have a strong opinion of one versus another. The Klinsmann USMNT expanded on the Bradley era with more goals overall and some great results that went along with some head-scratching results. The thing that stands out to me about the Arena era is a very defensive style and a lot of 0-0 and 1-0 matches. Was that his style or just the players that were available at the time? I guess we'll see...

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on November 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

Yikes, what a miserable week that was.

Carolina by 3
Minnesota by 7
LOCK Dallas by 14 LOCK
Cincinnati by 5
LOCK New York Giants by 10 LOCK
Detroit by 8
Pittsburgh by 5
Kansas City by 3
Tennessee by 3
Miami by 3
New England by 6
Seattle by 5
Green Bay by 3
Houston by 3

posted by bender at 03:14 PM on November 17

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 15
Calgary by 11
Reilly
Calgary

posted by bender at 03:09 PM on November 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: All Hail the Clippers Edition

Toronto by 3
SLAM Los Angeles Clippers by 8 SLAM
Minnesota by 5
Chicago by 2
Golden State by 7
Los Angeles Clippers by 9

posted by bender at 02:04 PM on November 15

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Does Japan have designated hitters? How much playing time does this guy get now?

posted by bender at 11:30 PM on November 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Screwed yourself out of a lovely Costanza there, NoMich.

LOCK bender *wins* Costanza LOCK

Cleveland by 3
Atlanta by 5
Tampa Bay by 6
New Orleans by 2
Green Bay by 9
Jacksonville by 2
Carolina by 3
LOCK New York Jets by 8 LOCK
Washington by 3
San Diego by 3
LOCK Dallas by 11 LOCK
Arizona by 5
LOCK New England by 10 LOCK
New York Giants by 6

posted by bender at 12:23 PM on November 13

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton by 3
Winnipeg by 12
Sean Whyte
Over

posted by bender at 01:03 PM on November 11

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Cleveland by 3

posted by bender at 10:05 AM on November 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Enes Kanter Edition

Brooklyn by 6
Houston by 6
Chicago by 5
LA Lakers by 10

posted by bender at 10:04 AM on November 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

And I have the dubious distinction of reigning continental football Costanza! I assume I am the first person to hold both "titles" at the same time.

posted by bender at 09:35 AM on November 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition

Atlanta by 7
LOCK Dallas by 10 LOCK
Minnesota by 7
Kansas City by 3
New York Jets by 5
Philadelphia by 6
Pittsburgh by 9
Los Angeles by 3
San Francisco by 3
LOCK Green Bay by 14 LOCK
San Diego by 8
Denver by 4
LOCK Seattle by 12

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on November 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Ottawa by 2
Hamilton by 10
Edmonton by 18
B.C. by 15

posted by bender at 01:37 PM on November 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Who Needs Kevin Durant? Edition

I'm debugging the scoring. Ignore the totals while this message exists.

Indeed, that's the only possible explanation for my being in the lead, even after just 1 week.

Boston by 5
Los Angeles Clippers by 7
SLAMMA Cleveland by 12 JAMMA
SLAMMA Golden State by 8 JAMMA
Chicago by 4
SLAMMA Golden State by 15 JAMMA

posted by bender at 09:40 AM on November 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Tennessee by 8
Cincinnati by 5
Carolina by 3
Houston by 5
Indianapolis by 2
New England by 7
Cleveland by 4
Tampa Bay by 10
LOCK New Orleans by 9 LOCK
Denver by 4
Atlanta by 3
Philadelphia by 6
LOCK Minnesota by 8 LOCK

posted by bender at 11:06 AM on October 29

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Tennessee by 8

posted by bender at 10:16 PM on October 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Edmonton by 16
Ottawa by 18
Saskatchewan by 16
Calgary by 18

posted by bender at 10:38 AM on October 26

Enter SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest

SLAM Cleveland by 22 SLAM
Golden State by 6
Philadelphia by 3
SLAM Houston by 7 SLAM
Boston by 11
Portland by 4
SLAM Cleveland by 11 SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 16 SLAM

posted by bender at 12:42 PM on October 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

I'm staring at a shiny new CFL Pick 'Em Costanza to sit on the shelf next to last season's NFL Pick 'Em Costanza if I don't turn it around bigly. I'm pulling out the big guns for this week's picks: a 2000 Virginia (my current home state!) quarter.

Hamilton by 11
Calgary by 9
Saskatchewan by 1
B.C. by 2

posted by bender at 10:07 AM on October 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

LOCK Green Bay by 17
Los Angeles by 5
Baltimore by 4
Miami by 3
Cincinnati by 8
Tennessee by 3
Minnesota by 7
Kansas City by 3
Jacksonville by 2
Detroit by 10
San Diego by 6
Tampa Bay by 4
Pittsburgh by 3
LOCK Arizona by 8 LOCK
LOCK Denver by 10 LOCK

posted by bender at 02:53 PM on October 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 10
New York Giants by 6
New Orleans by 7
New England by 4
Tennessee by 4
Jacksonville by 7
Los Angeles by 3
Philadelphia by 14
Pittsburgh by 10
Buffalo by 3
Oakland by 5
Atlanta by 6
LOCK Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Houston by 4
New York Jets by 4

posted by bender at 08:39 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Ottawa by 9
B.C. by 12
Saskatchewan by 13
Montreal by 19

posted by bender at 10:54 AM on October 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 10

posted by bender at 04:25 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Ottawa by 18
B.C. by 5
Montreal by 12
Calgary by 11

posted by bender at 05:36 PM on October 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition

Arizona by 7
Indianapolis by 4
Minnesota by 5
New England by 7
LOCK Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK
Philadelphia by 6
Miami by 8 My Titans also suck.
Baltimore by 5
LOCK Denver by 8 LOCK
Los Angeles by 3
Cincinnati by 3
San Diego by 2
Green Bay by 7
Tampa Bay by 3

posted by bender at 09:27 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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posted by bender at 08:47 AM on October 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Throw the Ball Jameis Edition

Cincinnati by 10 (Thursday Huddle)
Indianapolis by 14
LOCK New England by 10 LOCK
Atlanta by 4
Cleveland by 5
Detroit by 3
Oakland by 8
New York Jets by 7
Houston by 7
Denver by 7
San Francisco by 3
Arizona by 10
San Diego by 8
Pittsburgh by 5
New York Giants by 2

posted by bender at 03:49 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cincinnati by 10

posted by bender at 12:56 PM on September 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Winnipeg by 3
Hamilton by 15
Ottawa by 12
Toronto by 8

posted by bender at 09:21 AM on September 29

Packers Returner Ingeniously Exploits Out-of-Bounds Rule

You were correct, though, that it is dead once he touches it, so the margin of error is a bit larger than if he had to actually secure it. -- Now I have the funny image of a player on his stomach with his toes on the chalk frantically swatting at a ball just out of reach.

posted by bender at 03:50 PM on September 27

Packers Returner Ingeniously Exploits Out-of-Bounds Rule

Is this substantially different from quickly snapping the ball to get an offside penalty before an opponent jumps back? You noticed that your opponent has made a mistake and exploited it. Besides, if the intent is to force teams to kick the ball in play to encourage returns (or touchbacks), then plays like this provide a buffer of kickers not trying to kick it near the sidelines. There's still plenty of field to kick to.

Beyond that, in this video of the play, the ball is actually bouncing away from the sideline, and Montgomery only just reached it--two steps ahead of a Lions cover man. If Montgomery misjudges it and/or it bounces a couple inches further from the sideline, at best, the Packers are hit with Illegal Contact from their own 2 yardline as Montgomery comes back into the field to grab the ball. At worst, and probably more likely, it's a Lions TD.

I don't think this is a problem that needs solving.

posted by bender at 03:10 PM on September 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Toronto by 8
Edmonton by 19
Calgary by 19
Hamilton by 11

posted by bender at 06:40 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

New England by 10
Buffalo by 3
Tennessee by 5
Miami by 4
Jacksonville by 7
LOCK Green Bay by 8 LOCK
Cincinnati by 4
LOCK Carolina by 14 LOCK
New York Giants by 4
Tampa Bay by 7
San Francisco by 3
Kansas City by 5
San Diego by 6
Philadelphia by 7
Chicago by 3
New Orleans by 5

posted by bender at 06:35 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

New England by 10

posted by bender at 09:25 AM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Sorry. Sorting troubles.

No apologies necessary. I'm not Defending Costanza Champion for nothing!

posted by bender at 05:17 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

I saw my name at the top of the list and got excited! Then I noticed that I am actually behind most other people. :(

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How many WTFs...

This drives me nuts. Oklahoma's KR did the same thing against Ohio State, though no one noticed until after the next kickoff. Why are guys in such a hurry to drop the ball?!

That said, I do not understand how the refs came to the decision to give Cal the ball at the 1 yard line.

posted by bender at 09:18 AM on September 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

Buffalo by 8
Baltimore by 4
*LOCK* Pittsburgh by 11 *LOCK*
Dallas by 2
Houston by 4
New England by 7
New Orleans by 4
*LOCK* Carolina by 9 *LOCK*
Detroit by 6
*LOCK* Seattle by 14 *LOCK*
Arizona by 12
Oakland by 10
Denver by 7
San Diego by 3
Green Bay by 9
Chicago by 5

posted by bender at 12:56 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Hamilton by 15
Winnipeg by 19
Calgary by 14
Edmonton by 15

posted by bender at 12:51 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement and returning to LA Galaxy.

posted by bender at 09:49 AM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yikes! The League definitely needs to take some meaningful action on those hits.

posted by bender at 09:48 AM on September 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Montreal by 13
Winnipeg by 8
Edmonton by 15
Hamilton by 3

posted by bender at 10:49 AM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

My Costanza defense begins today!

Carolina by 7
Tampa Bay by 3
Tennessee by 3
Philadelphia by 13
Cincinnati by 8
New Orleans by 4
Kansas City by 14
Buffalo by 9
Chicago by 10
Green Bay by 10
*LOCK* Seattle by 13 *LOCK*
New York Giants by 5
Indianapolis by 2
Arizona by 5
Washington by 3
San Francisco by 6

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on September 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

B.C. by 15
Montreal by 3
Winnipeg by 6
Calgary by 19
Hamilton by 1

posted by bender at 05:01 PM on August 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

B.C. by 19
Montreal by 10
Edmonton by 18
Calgary by 17

posted by bender at 09:53 PM on August 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Ottawa by 4
B.C. by 6
Edmonton by 15
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by bender at 09:07 AM on August 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As long as it means "taking a break to smile at the cameras while cruising to victory in a 10-second race."

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posted by bender at 02:20 PM on August 15

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky in the Same Relay? It Could Happen.

This particular idea may strike me a bit as trying to wish into existence another way for the US to win an Olympic medal, but I like the idea of an overall effort to add more mixed-gender events.

posted by bender at 01:00 PM on August 15

WGN Anchor Goes on Epic Rant About Rules for Covering Olympics

Good stuff right there.

posted by bender at 02:03 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Montreal by 6
Toronto by 6
Saskatchewan by 3
B.C. by 4

posted by bender at 08:43 AM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Winnipeg by 13
Montreal by 6
Saskatchewan by 2
Ottawa by 16

posted by bender at 08:46 AM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 8
Montreal by 6
B.C. by 17
Ottawa by 14

posted by bender at 01:26 PM on July 28