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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. 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

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