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SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Washington Capitals are now 0-10 in games after winning the first two games on the road of a playoff series...

The Capitals' series have been amazingly brutal on the home teams:

- Round 1 vs. Columbus: Road team won 5 of 6 (To counter the above narrative, Columbus won the first 2 on the road before Washington tore off 4 in a row.)
- Round 2 vs. Pittsburgh: Road team won 3 of 6
- Round 3 vs. Tampa Bay: Road team has won 4 of 4

posted by bender at 02:29 PM on May 18

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

USA needs a coach.

posted by bender at 04:43 PM on April 20

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

Will they rename the club after the new manager?

posted by bender at 08:32 AM on April 20

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Take the Shot Markelle Edition

Cleveland by 7 (Tuesday)
L.A. Clippers by 4 (Tuesday)
Utah by 4 (Wednesday)
SLAM San Antonio by 7 (Thursday) SLAM
Golden State by 6 (Thursday)
SLAM Cleveland by 8 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Portland by 11 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Houston by 9 (Sunday) SLAM

posted by bender at 05:56 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

...but goddamn if he isn't the most entertaining player during his lifetime.

Second.

posted by bender at 12:40 PM on March 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: 140 to 79 Edition

SLAM Washington by 12 (Friday) SLAM
Boston by 5 (Friday)
SLAM Houston by 13 (Saturday) SLAM
SLAM Washington by 8 (Sunday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 9 (Sunday) SLAM

posted by bender at 02:42 PM on March 23

Greg Schiano's Kickoff Idea Takes Spotlight Again As The NCAA Mulls Over New Proposal

The AAF post that included the elimination of kickoffs reminded me of this other piece that I had read a couple weeks ago but forgot to post. This is quite a radical idea, though apparently not a recent one. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but it is interesting.

posted by bender at 01:27 PM on March 21

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

Just for fun, we can add a single extra team, Albany, as Stony Brook defeated Albany (69-60) on 3/3/2018, and Albany defeated UMBC BY 44 POINTS (83-39) on 1/21/2018.

posted by bender at 11:46 AM on March 18

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Home Stretch Edition

Oklahoma City by 6 (Friday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Friday)
SLAM Washington by 9 (Saturday) SLAM
Minnesota by 5 (Saturday)
Minnesota by 4 (Sunday)
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 13 (Sunday) SLAM
Cleveland by 7 (Monday)
Golden State by 6 (Monday)

posted by bender at 01:36 PM on March 16

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Send In The Tanks Edition

Minnesota by 6 (Thursday)
Washington by 5 (Friday)
SLAM Minnesota by 8 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Houston by 9 (Saturday) SLAM

Philadelphia by 4 ESPN (Sunday)

posted by bender at 09:21 AM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I believe the Washington Post caps the number of articles you can read for free per month. Since it's March 1, try again, perhaps?

posted by bender at 09:17 AM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I want to know why curling is separated into men's and women's disciplines. I would love to see curling become form-your-own-team-of-four. Is there any good reason why that shouldn't be the case? Perhaps we should ask the Russian curler busted for doping?

posted by bender at 03:13 PM on February 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

SLAM Cleveland by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 7 (Thursday) SLAM
Minnesota by 4 (Friday)
SLAM L.A. Lakers by 8 (Friday) SLAM
Oklahoma City by 3 (Saturday)
SLAM Cleveland by 11 (Sunday) SLAM
Washington by 6 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 06:25 PM on February 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Cleveland by 5 (Tuesday)
San Antonio by 3 (Tuesday)
Boston by 6 (Wednesday)
SLAM Golden State by 11 on ESPN (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM Minnesota by 10 (Thursday) SLAM

posted by bender at 08:32 PM on February 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Cleveland by 3 (Wednesday)
Phoenix by 4 (Wednesday)
Washington by 5 (Thursday)
Oklahoma City by 5 (Thursday)
SLAM Detroit by 8 (Friday) SLAM
Minnesota by 7 (Friday)
Golden State by 7 (Saturday)
Cleveland by 3 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 11:06 AM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Cleveland by 3 (Wednesday)
Phoenix by 4 (Wednesday)

posted by bender at 12:59 PM on February 07

Super Bowl 0x34

Also, "This game has been as good as Justin Timberlake." :)

posted by bender at 10:09 PM on February 04

Super Bowl 0x34

Someone needs to enlighten Cris Collinsworth on the rules of catching the football. Twice he has railed against what he assumed would be overturned catch calls (but thought they should be catches) only to have the original calls (rightly) stand. Calm down over there!

posted by bender at 10:07 PM on February 04

Super Bowl 0x34

"This is the first game in NFL history to go to halftime with the score 22-12." The ruling on the field was #gerrymanderedstat, but on further review, I'll allow it.

Also, I'm with grum. That was the kind of play that gets followed by three 3rd-quarter touchdowns en route to a rout. Also, just an incredible call and execution!

posted by bender at 08:42 PM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

LOCK Philadelphia by 7 LOCK +16
FIRST FG: Jake Elliott +5
FIRST TD: Alshon Jeffery +5
PASSING: Tom Brady +5
RUSHING: Jay Ajayi
RECEIVING: Danny Amendola +5
SACK: Trey Flowers
INTERCEPTION: Malcolm Jenkins
OOPS: Tom Brady
MVP: Malcolm Jenkins
CONTEST WINNER: tahoemoj +5

posted by bender at 04:45 PM on February 04

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Devin Booker Might Be Good Edition

SLAM Boston by 9 (Wednesday) SLAM
Phoenix by 4 (Wednesday)
San Antonio by 7 (Thursday)
Oklahoma City by 6 (Thursday)
SLAM Philadelphia by 9 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 8 (Friday) SLAM
Cleveland by 3 (Saturday)
SLAM Oklahoma City by 13 (Sunday) SLAM

posted by bender at 12:09 PM on February 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Devin Booker Might Be Good Edition

SLAM Boston by 9 (Wednesday) SLAM
Phoenix by 4 (Wednesday)

posted by bender at 05:32 PM on January 31

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

If a ballpark's name isn't sacred, a vile racist caricature shouldn't be either.

To many Clevelanders, the name of the stadium will always be Jacobs Field, despite whatever the signage may say.

posted by bender at 01:10 PM on January 30

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

I was coming here to post about this. Good on Manfred for finally getting this done. I've got a lot of friends and family who are fans of the Indians and on both sides of this logo. Some Clevelanders are going to grumble about this, but I think they'll get over it relatively quickly--as mentioned, the team has been diminishing Chief Wahoo's visibility in recent years anyway.

I wonder if there will be further movement to change the name. That's certainly a bigger undertaking than changing a logo, and the name is far less egregious than the logo, but if it were up to me, I'd make a clean break and change them both.

Your turn, Dan Snyder.

posted by bender at 02:23 PM on January 29

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: 40/20/10 Edition

San Antonio by 7 (Tuesday)
Boston by 3 (Tuesday)
SLAM Houston by 14 (Wednesday) SLAM
L.A. Clippers by 5 (Wednesday)
Washington by 4 (Thursday)
Golden State by 7 (Thursday)
Houston by 5 (Friday)
Golden State by 5 (Saturday)
SLAM Oklahoma City by 8 (Sunday) SLAM

posted by bender at 08:58 PM on January 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: 40/20/10 Edition

San Antonio by 7 (Tuesday)
Boston by 3 (Tuesday)

posted by bender at 10:35 AM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

truthhurts, if you edit your post after you post it and then re-post (without changing anything), it will put the line breaks in like you entered it.

posted by bender at 10:37 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

New England by 3
LOCK Minnesota by 7 LOCK
1. Tom Brady
2. Leonard Fournette
3. Danny Amendola
4. Harrison Smith
5. Minnesota

posted by bender at 03:19 PM on January 20

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Jo Jo Edition

SLAM Oklahoma City by 23 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM Boston by 12 (Thursday) SLAM

Minnesota by 3 (Thursday)
Detroit by 4 (Friday)
SLAM Utah by 7 (Friday) SLAM
Oklahoma City by 6 (Saturday)
Houston by 4 (Saturday)

posted by bender at 09:21 AM on January 18

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Jo Jo Edition

SLAM Oklahoma City by 23 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM

posted by bender at 10:45 AM on January 17

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

From what I've found, the line was MIN -5.5, so it was not a cover. Now, if the Vikings had kicked the extra point...

posted by bender at 09:21 AM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Atlanta by 7
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
Minnesota by 4

1. Drew Brees (NO)
2. Le'Veon Bell (PIT)
3. Michael Thomas (NO)
4. Deatrich Wise (NE) +5
5. Minnesota

posted by bender at 02:02 PM on January 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: 10 Count 'Em 10 Games Edition

Oklahoma City by 5 (Wednesday)
SLAM Golden State by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM Toronto by 9 (Thursday) SLAM
San Antonio by 7 (Thursday)
Golden State by 3 (Friday)
Phoenix by 5 (Friday)
SLAM Minnesota by 9 (Sunday) SLAM
Memphis by 4 (Monday)
Cleveland by 5 (Monday)
L.A. Clippers by 5 (Monday)

posted by bender at 09:29 AM on January 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: 10 Count 'Em 10 Games Edition

Oklahoma City by 5 (Wednesday)
SLAM Golden State by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM

posted by bender at 04:28 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Forget Beltre's huge surplus, they Yankees paid $212.3M for 9 years and got $212.8M value out of him during that time. I don't care if that's amazing valuation, dumb luck, regression to the mean or what, that's incredible!

Disclaimer: I have no idea how to calculate WAR, and I only looked briefly at the dollar value link in the article. I'm just amazed by that level of precision over such a long contract. I'm even willing to ignore the fact that the Yankees had several entries on the list, and their only better result would still only rank as "accurate valuation."

posted by bender at 03:53 PM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

If "Thirty Days in the Hole" means those who locked KC cannot comment on SpoFi for the next month, the traffic will consist of Bender talking to himself.

I know you're all anxiously awaiting my very insightful analysis of how the Titans are going to pull the upset in Foxboro next Saturday.

posted by bender at 07:57 PM on January 07

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Tennessee by 3
L.A. Rams by 2
LOCK Jacksonville by 10 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
1. Matt Ryan (ATL)
2. Mark Ingram (NO)
3. Michael Thomas (NO)
4. Kevin Byard (TEN)
5. LA Rams

posted by bender at 12:55 PM on January 05

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

I wanted this sweater to be the prize but they're not made for all NFL teams.

Hopefully the winner of the pants isn't an Arizona Cardinals fan (or is also a University of Arizona fan...)

posted by bender at 12:49 PM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It seems UCF will be raising a title banner and throwing a parade at Disney World. Good for them!

posted by bender at 09:53 PM on January 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Auld Acquaintance Edition

Cleveland by 4 (Wednesday)
Oklahoma City by 6 (Wednesday)
Houston by 5 (Thursday)
L.A. Clippers by 4 (Thursday)
SLAM Boston by 12 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Washington by 9 (Friday) SLAM

posted by bender at 02:11 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

We can only hope that the exclusion of undefeated UCF as well as the Big Ten (which was generally agreed as the strongest conference and backed it up with a 7-1 bowl record, including 3 New Year's 6 wins) increases the pressure for an expanded playoff. Regardless, good on UCF for an incredible turnaround from winless two years ago to undefeated today!

I'm an Ohio State alum I probably would have made the same decision that the CFP committee made a month ago, but it's a shame they could only pick 4 teams. Naturally, there will always be arguments at the cut line, but expanding the field to 8 gets us a lot closer to settling things on the field rather than making subjective decisions of how we thing teams who didn't play each other would fare in hypothetical matchups. Now, my preferred solution would be that we make room for the quarterfinal round by eliminating conference championship games (and particularly their rematch potential), but I feel that's pretty unlikely.

posted by bender at 12:40 PM on January 02

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

Its nice to have both the Bills and the Titans back in the playoffs after lengthy lags for both. Of course, with both of them sporting wild cards, they'll have to win a couple games if we're to get to see them play each other.

posted by bender at 01:54 PM on January 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

LOCK Detroit by 7 LOCK
Houston by 4
LOCK Minnesota by 13 LOCK
LOCK New England by 6 LOCK

N.Y. Giants by 4
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK
LOCK Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK

Carolina by 6
LOCK Kansas City by 8 LOCK
LOCK Tennessee by 7 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Rams by 14 LOCK

Miami by 3
Oakland by 6
LOCK Seattle by 17 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 13 LOCK
LOCK Baltimore by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 12:58 PM on December 31

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: City Edition Edition

Houston by 6 (Thursday)
SLAM Portland by 5 (Thursday) SLAM
Washington by 5 (Friday)
Philadelphia by 2 (Saturday)

posted by bender at 04:25 PM on December 28

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

LOCK Baltimore by 8 LOCK
Minnesota by 7
LOCK Chicago by 8 LOCK
Detroit by 10
LOCK Tennessee by 7 LOCK
Kansas City by 4
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 5 LOCK
L.A. Chargers by 3
Washington by 3
LOCK Carolina by 14 LOCK
Jacksonville by 4
Dallas by 7
LOCK Arizona by 10 LOCK
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 7

posted by bender at 12:42 PM on December 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: I Wish It Was Christmas Today Edition

SLAM Boston by 13 (Thursday) SLAM
San Antonio by 7 (Thursday)
SLAM Houston by 17 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 12 (Friday) SLAM
New York by 6 (Monday)
Golden State by 5 (Monday)
Washington by 3 (Monday)
Houston by 5 (Monday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Monday)

posted by bender at 08:42 AM on December 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition

LOCK Detroit by 8 LOCK
Kansas City by 4
LOCK Jacksonville by 7 LOCK
Buffalo by 3
LOCK Baltimore by 7 LOCK
LOCK Minnesota by 14 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 17 LOCK
LOCK Philadelphia by 7 LOCK
Washington by 5
Carolina by 7
LOCK Seattle by 7 LOCK
New England by 3
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Oakland by 9 LOCK
LOCK Atlanta by 13 LOCK

posted by bender at 09:01 PM on December 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: Playing in Lithuania Takes Balls Ediition

New York by 5 (Tuesday)
Philadelphia by 8 (Tuesday)
Oklahoma City by 7 (Wednesday)
SLAM Houston by 10 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM Cleveland by 14 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 12 (Thursday) SLAM
Philadelphia by 6 (Friday)
SLAM San Antonio by 9 (Friday) SLAM

posted by bender at 02:27 PM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I like the pick 'em the way that it is (vs. a head-to-head format), but I think holden's idea of deleting the lowest-scoring week is worth consideration.

posted by bender at 10:14 AM on December 08

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

Last week's pics: 8/8 locks, 2/8 non-locks. That is locking efficiency!

New Orleans by 5
Buffalo by 4
Cincinnati by 3
Green Bay by 7
Kansas City by 5
N.Y. Giants by 7
LOCK Detroit by 10 LOCK
Minnesota by 7
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
N.Y. Jets by 3
Tennessee by 6
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 14 LOCK
Philadelphia by 8
Jacksonville by 6
LOCK Pittsburgh by 12 LOCK
LOCK New England by 17 LOCK

posted by bender at 04:11 PM on December 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Two I's in Embiid Ediition

Golden State by 5
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 9 SLAM
Philadelphia by 5
SLAM Houston by 11 SLAM
Detroit by 3
SLAM San Antonio by 8 SLAM

posted by bender at 02:10 PM on December 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I feel like a large majority of college football fans want an 8-team playoff. Is it the NCAA or colleges (or both) that don't want it? Regardless of the number, there will always be a debate at the cut line, but with 8 teams in, we are far less likely to leave out a team that could win the title than we are currently.

posted by bender at 09:15 AM on December 04

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

Washington by 7
Atlanta by 5
LOCK New England by 17 LOCK
Chicago by 3
Green Bay by 4
LOCK Tennessee by 9 LOCK
LOCK Miami by 5 LOCK
Kansas City by 10
LOCK Jacksonville by 7 LOCK
Detroit by 8
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 10 LOCK
LOCK Oakland by 18 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 14 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK
Seattle by 6
Cincinnati by 3

posted by bender at 09:29 PM on November 30

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

Washington by 7

posted by bender at 04:50 PM on November 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: NBA TV Edition

And

Oklahoma City by 7
San Antonio by 11 SLAM

posted by bender at 04:49 PM on November 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: NBA TV Edition

Boston by 17 LOCK
Portland by 9

posted by bender at 04:47 PM on November 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Detroit by 7
Dallas by 3
Washington by 10 LOCK
Atlanta by 5
Cincinnati by 11 LOCK
Tennessee by 9 LOCK
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
New England by 11 LOCK
Carolina by 5
Philadelphia by 17 LOCK
Seattle by 7
Oakland by 8
L.A. Rams by 4
Arizona by 3
Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK
Houston by 3

posted by bender at 12:28 PM on November 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

Golden State by 7
Sacramento by 11 SLAM
Cleveland by 9 SLAM
Golden State by 17 SLAM

posted by bender at 12:10 AM on November 22

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 7
Edmonton by 9
Mike Reilly
Calgary

posted by bender at 11:22 AM on November 18

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

Tennessee by 3
Jacksonville by 7
Detroit by 9
Green Bay by 3
Miami by 11 LOCK
Minnesota by 4
New Orleans by 10 LOCK
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Arizona by 4
L.A. Chargers by 8 LOCK
Denver by 7
Oakland by 7
Philadelphia by 6
Seattle by 4

posted by bender at 04:52 PM on November 16