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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

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

Cleveland by 5
L.A. Lakers by 8
Boston by 6
SLAM Houston by 11 SLAM
San Antonio by 4
New Orleans by 3

posted by bender at 08:51 PM on November 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

LOCK Carolina by 14 LOCK

posted by bender at 07:02 PM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Arizona by 5
New Orleans by 11
Chicago by 3
LOCK Detroit by 14 LOCK
LOCK Tennessee by 11 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 6
N.Y. Jets by 3
Minnesota by 5
Jacksonville by 6
LOCK L.A. Rams by 12 LOCK
Atlanta by 3
LOCK San Francisco by 9 LOCK
New England by 4
Miami at Carolina on ESPN (Monday)

posted by bender at 11:45 AM on November 12

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Ottawa by 10
Edmonton by 7
Maher (Ottawa)
Under

posted by bender at 11:37 AM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

rcade, unfortunately I also locked Miami last week, so I should take a hit for that miss.

Arizona by 5

posted by bender at 09:57 AM on November 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: It's Spelled 'Antetokounmpo' Edition

SLAM Boston by 16 SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 12 SLAM
Cleveland by 4
Denver by 5
SLAM San Antonio by 9 SLAM

posted by bender at 09:13 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think allowing this is a bad idea because the NFL penalizes so harshly for defenders who hit someone after the play. Playing possum blurs the line on when a play is over. A defender who tackled Hilton after he pretended to be down and got up is risking an unsportsmanlike conduct call.

I understand this position, but a player on the ground does not need to be tackled. Andre Hal is running by the play and can easily touch Hilton without fear of being penalized for unnecessary roughness or late hit. Furthermore, blowing the play dead rewards the player who failed to make the tackle and punishes Hilton, who made a heads-up play. He first dives to try to maximize yardage, but then when he realizes he was never touched, he gets up and continues. That's smart football.

posted by bender at 09:10 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That is a very nice tribute, grum. Gone too soon indeed.

posted by bender at 09:10 AM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congratulations, Reever! For my next trick, I will attempt to repeat last year's CFL Pick 'em double-reverse: regular season pick 'em Costanza followed by a playoff pick 'em title.

posted by bender at 09:28 PM on November 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Me too.

Indianapolis by 11

posted by bender at 08:40 PM on November 02

Astros Win World Series

Has Texas, by virtue of being twice a strike away, suffered the most on that list? I vote yes.

If we extend the range of time back to include the 1997 World Series, that's another blown game-7 9th-inning lead for Cleveland.

posted by bender at 04:31 PM on November 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Oh, I should have been using the lucky coin?! I've just been using the regular coin all season, and see where that's gotten me...

Hamilton by 15
Winnipeg by 11
Edmonton by 2
Toronto by 16

posted by bender at 10:03 AM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Buffalo by 7
LOCK Tennessee by 14 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Giants by 3
LOCK Philadelphia by 13 LOCK
Atlanta by 4
Jacksonville by 2
LOCK Houston by 8 LOCK
San Francisco by 5
Seattle by 7
Kansas City by 6
Lock Miami by 8 LOCK
Detroit by 7

posted by bender at 10:13 PM on November 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: No D in Cleveland Edition

New York by 6
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 11 SLAM
Golden State by 5
L.A. Lakers by 3
Washington by 5
SLAM Oklahoma City by 8 SLAM

posted by bender at 12:50 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Hamilton by 18
Saskatchewan by 5
Winnipeg by 6
Calgary by 11

posted by bender at 08:05 PM on October 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Miami by 7
LOCK Minnesota by 12 LOCK
Oakland by 4
Cincinnati by 8
New England by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 10 LOCK
N.Y. Jets by 4
LOCK Philadelphia by 17 LOCK
Carolina by 6
LOCK Seattle by 9 LOCK
Washington by 4
Pittsburgh by 4
LOCK Kansas City by 6 LOCK

posted by bender at 07:38 PM on October 26

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Miami by 7

posted by bender at 06:18 PM on October 26

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woe is Mavericks Edition

Miami by 4
L.A. Lakers by 5
Boston by 8
SLAM New Orleans by 9 SLAM

posted by bender at 04:02 PM on October 25

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

Oakland by 5 (emailed)
Tampa Bay by 3
Carolina by 7
LOCK Tennessee by 14 LOCK
New Orleans by 6
Indianapolis by 4
Arizona by 4
LOCK Miami by 10 LOCK
LOCK Minnesota by 12 LOCK
Dallas by 3
Seattle by 7
Pittsburgh by 7
L.A. Chargers by 4
New England by 5
LOCK Philadelphia by 13 LOCK

posted by bender at 02:57 PM on October 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Saskatchewan by 16
Winnipeg by 9
B.C. by 15
Montreal by 11

posted by bender at 02:51 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Columbus Crew's new-ish owner is eyeing a move to Austin if Columbus won't pony up for a new stadium.

posted by bender at 11:49 PM on October 17

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em

Cleveland by 6
SLAM Golden State by 12 SLAM
SLAM Washington by 13 SLAM
Minnesota by 4
SLAM Oklahoma City by 10 SLAM
Los Angeles Lakers by 5
Milwaukee by 6
Golden State by 8

posted by bender at 09:36 PM on October 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

...without making contact with the ball

- Hit by pitch

Ahem

posted by bender at 11:09 PM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Carolina by 5
Atlanta by 7
Green Bay by 8
New Orleans by 4
New England by 7
Washington by 5
Baltimore by 3
LOCK Houston by 14 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 5
Jacksonville by 7
Kansas City by 7
LOCK Oakland by 13 LOCK
LOCK Denver by 14 LOCK

Tennessee by 9

posted by bender at 11:04 PM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Carolina by 5

posted by bender at 04:09 PM on October 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Calgary by 19
Saskatchewan by 8
B.C. by 4
Edmonton by 19

posted by bender at 09:06 AM on October 12

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

I wish I could sit here and have at least seen an amazing game by T&T, but that's certainly not the case. The old adage that [team who won] "wanted it more" is only technically true in that USMNT didn't appear to want it much at all (except maybe Dempsey), and T&T wanted it some.

Friday night I was perusing twitter after the 4-0 win over Panama, and I recall being a bit surprised at the volume of "Alexi Lalas can suck it!" tweets (context), because (a) he wasn't wrong, and (b) one win over Panama certainly doesn't prove anything. This is a very frustrating setback after the US had done so much to claim a spot on the international stage.

posted by bender at 10:35 PM on October 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

Tampa Bay by 3
LOCK Cincinnati by 13 LOCK
Cleveland by 3
Detroit by 4
Indianapolis by 7
Miami by 7
N.Y. Giants by 2
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK
LOCK Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK
Oakland by 6
Seattle by 4
Green Bay by 6
Kansas City by 8
Minnesota by 4

posted by bender at 05:59 PM on October 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Winnipeg by 1
Saskatchewan by 13
B.C. by 11
Montreal by 6

posted by bender at 05:55 PM on October 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: I Won't Stand for That Edition

LOCK Green Bay by 13 LOCK
New Orleans by 6
LOCK Atlanta by 14 LOCK
Cleveland by 2
Dallas by 4
Detroit by 3
New England by 3
N.Y. Jets by 4
Pittsburgh by 10
Tennessee by 5
San Francisco by 3
L.A. Chargers by 8
Tampa Bay by 7
Oakland by 10
LOCK Seattle by 14 LOCK
Kansas City by 6

posted by bender at 10:49 PM on September 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: I Won't Stand for That Edition

LOCK Green Bay by 13 LOCK

posted by bender at 04:32 PM on September 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Ottawa by 9
Calgary by 7
Toronto by 14
Winnipeg by 8

posted by bender at 02:04 PM on September 28

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

San Francisco by 5
Baltimore by 6
Denver by 4
Chicago by 3
Atlanta by 4
Indianapolis by 7
Minnesota by 4
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK
Miami by 6
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK
Carolina by 6
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Green Bay by 17 LOCK
Kansas City by 8
Washington by 3
Dallas by 7

posted by bender at 07:18 PM on September 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Ottawa by 9
Hamilton by 18
Montreal by 14
Saskatchewan by 19

posted by bender at 01:48 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

San Francisco by 5

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 3
Baltimore by 11
LOCK Carolina by 13 LOCK
Indianapolis by 2
Tennessee by 4
Kansas City by 10
New England by 3
Pittsburgh by 7
Tampa Bay by 7
L.A. Chargers by 2
LOCK Oakland by 21 LOCK
Dallas by 5
L.A. Rams by 4
LOCK Seattle by 14 LOCK
Green Bay by 6
Detroit by 4

posted by bender at 10:45 PM on September 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 3

posted by bender at 01:27 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Hamilton by 8
Toronto by 9
B.C. by 6
Montreal by 1

posted by bender at 01:25 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Dr. J, it looks like the weekly score column is a bit wonky....

I am also showing 1 point in the weekly points column, though I didn't score any. I had a previous total of 30, though, so the only change would be to change 1 to 0.

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm amused by this line, "Mississippi State proudly tweeted the hilarious moment," and I think "proudly" belongs in quotation marks. Louisiana Tech may have made the initial mistake that cost them a ridiculous amount of yards, but the three Mississippi State D linemen who swatted, flubbed, and booted the ball 62 yards down the field and ultimately failed to recover it were the inept ones. Good on La Tech #81 who ultimately reclaimed the ball. The fuzzy video makes it tough to tell, but I believe he is the slot receiver on the far side who appears to run a button-hook to the goal line and then sprint 93 yards the other way to save his team some points.

posted by bender at 04:21 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

CFL Picks:
Montreal by 5
Saskatchewan by 12
Ottawa by 7
Edmonton by 16

posted by bender at 12:35 PM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

New England by 7
Buffalo by 2
Philadelphia by 6
Tennessee by 6
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
LOCK Detroit by 12 LOCK
LOCK Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK
Chicago by 3
Cincinnati by 4
Indianapolis by 5
Carolina by 5
Green Bay by 4
Dallas by 3
Minnesota by 3
L.A. Chargers by 3

posted by bender at 12:32 PM on September 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Ottawa by 6
Saskatchewan by 18
Calgary by 15
Toronto by 11

posted by bender at 03:57 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Who's with me? Strike a blow for the proletariat!

Sounds like a plan.

posted by bender at 11:55 AM on August 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 16
Edmonton by 15
Ottawa by 16
Toronto by 15

posted by bender at 02:59 PM on August 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 9
Ottawa by 4
Calgary by 8
Montreal by 19

posted by bender at 01:23 PM on August 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Ottawa by 7
Montreal by 2
Winnipeg by 6
B.C. by 2

posted by bender at 04:37 PM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You and I should join forces. I never have any idea what direction to go out of the gate, but I somehow manage to cobble together a respectable squad by the end.

posted by bender at 11:19 AM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Toronto by 2
Ottawa by 17
Edmonton by 9
Saskatchewan by 10

posted by bender at 03:16 PM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 16
Saskatchewan by 18
Calgary by 14

posted by bender at 09:25 AM on July 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Montreal by 1
Hamilton by 4
B.C. by 14
Saskatchewan by 19
Toronto by 17

posted by bender at 08:09 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Wow!

[And a very astute side note that I doubt many players would realize.]

posted by bender at 07:01 PM on July 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Winnipeg by 2
Montreal by 10
Edmonton by 18
B.C. by 1

posted by bender at 01:42 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A lengthy no-rain rain delay and then a memorable night yesterday (and this morning) at Nats Park.

posted by bender at 02:02 PM on July 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

B.C. by 14
Winnipeg by 13
Ottawa by 7
Saskatchewan by 19

posted by bender at 11:16 AM on July 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Calgary by 2
Toronto by 8
Edmonton by 9
Saskatchewan by 4

posted by bender at 05:58 PM on June 28

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Saskatchewan by 3
Ottawa by 3
B.C. by 1
Toronto by 6

posted by bender at 03:40 PM on June 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

Cleveland in 6
MVP: LeBron James
Scoring: Stephen Curry
Rebounds: LeBron James
Largest Margin: 19
Combined Score: 199
3-pointers: 107

posted by bender at 11:42 AM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg isn't letting Bryce Harper off the hook for his role in the leadup to last night's shenanigans.

posted by bender at 06:35 PM on May 30