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NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

I had both teams correct and locked plus three other correct answers, so I should have 29 instead of 19 for last week. I was also going to ask a similar question to Goyoucolts regarding the last question. Do those points get awarded after the winner has been determined (and just perhaps change the final order), or do they get awarded to the player with the most points after all other points have been awarded but before the winner has been determined?

LOCK Carolina by 16 LOCK
Carolina 34, Denver 17 (total 51)
First FG: Graham Gano
First TD: Ted Ginn, Jr.
Passing: Cam Newton
Rushing: Jonathan Stewart
Receiving: Demaryius Thomas
Sack: Luke Kuechly
Interception: Luke Kuechly
First Turnover: Peyton Manning
MVP: Cam Newton
Spofite: bender

posted by bender at 09:32 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In the same vein, here's an early list of prop bets.

I'll take:
- SB winning team scores more points than Trump % points in NH primary
- No appearances by Left Shark
- and way over on +/- 2 announcer mentions of dabbing

posted by bender at 09:57 AM on February 01

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

That's fair in as far as the clock is concerned (for some reason was under the mistaken impression that the clock ran from boot to whistle on a touchback) and in the field position (for some reason, I had remembered both of those possessions ending inside the ten), but I do think Denver's play-calling would not be so conservative if they did not have the 8-point lead. Seemed their strategy in the last several possessions was "don't do anything stupid."

I agree that simply adding up the field goals is a bit too simple, though I feel like if they were as conservative as they were with an 8-point lead, they would have been even more conservative with 5-point or 2-point leads.

All of that said, there's an argument for kicking the field goal on drive #1 with 6 minutes left. It's not the decision that I would have made, but you can certainly make the point that there is plenty of time to get the ball back and score a touchdown to win. Where this breaks down is that drive #2 had 4th & 6 at the 14 with 2:25 to play. Assuming that NE had kicked the first field goal and was down 5 at the time, kicking a field goal at that point is almost giving up. No coach should be making the decision to kick the field goal under those circumstances. If we take this to the extreme and say it's 4th & goal from the 14, maybe you consider kicking, but this is the AFC Championship Game, and you are playing the #1 defense in the league. When you need a touchdown and you are that close to the endzone, you go for the touchdown.

posted by bender at 11:07 AM on January 25

Carolina Demolishes Arizona to Roll Into Super Bowl 50

Man, if Palmer hadn't just given the ball right back after Peterson's interception. What could have been...

posted by bender at 08:58 PM on January 24

Carolina Demolishes Arizona to Roll Into Super Bowl 50

If it was your intention to get him to show up, it might have actually worked!

posted by bender at 07:56 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

I would count the interception on the 2-point conversion as an individual stat (for Bradley Roby), but I would not count it as a turnover, since the Broncos did not take possession because of it.

posted by bender at 07:31 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

LOCK Denver 7 LOCK
LOCK Carolina by 14 LOCK

Total Yards: Carolina
Turnovers: Arizona
Passing: Tom Brady
Rushing: Jonathan Stewart
Receiving: Larry Fitzgerald
Sack: Rob Ninkovich
Interception: Jamie Collins

posted by bender at 10:54 AM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

New England by 7
LOCK Arizona by 14 LOCK
LOCK Carolina by 17 LOCK

Denver by 10

Cam Newton
Jonathan Stewart
Larry Fitzgerald
Thomas Davis

posted by bender at 02:32 PM on January 16

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 21

I think they do, though I don't know the rules for it. A few weeks ago, I had two after I didn't use one the previous week.

posted by bender at 08:10 PM on January 12

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 21

Are you sure that you didn't perhaps have one transfer left from a previous week? I only had one this week.

posted by bender at 10:45 AM on January 12

Alabama Wins College Football Championship

Last night's game definitely rounded out the season on an entertaining note after the snooze-fest that was the rest of the New Year's 6.

posted by bender at 09:18 AM on January 12

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

I agree. If your player's team hasn't played yet, and you are limited to changing to other players who have yet to play, I see no unfair advantage in changing.

posted by bender at 01:27 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Hard to disagree with that.

posted by bender at 12:00 AM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Steelers, Bengals will have same officials from Week 14 matchup

posted by bender at 12:02 PM on January 09

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Aaron Rodgers
DeAngelo Williams
AJ Green
JJ Watt

posted by bender at 08:52 PM on January 07

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

LOCK Kansas City by 10 LOCK
Cincinnati by 7
Seattle by 3
Green Bay by 10

posted by bender at 03:57 PM on January 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A career in pictures: Video Game Bryant

posted by bender at 08:50 PM on January 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Top score for the last week, and I still finished 10 points back of the next 17-week player, not to mention behind two other players who missed one and two weeks, respectively...

posted by bender at 07:05 PM on January 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Perfection is 54 points, so might as well shoot for the moon.

So you're telling me there's a chance! (That I don't win the Costanza)

posted by bender at 02:44 PM on January 02

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Atlanta by 9
N.Y. Jets by 7
Chicago by 7
Cincinnati by 10
Pittsburgh by 13
Washington by 5
Indianapolis by 7
New England by 10
N.Y. Giants by 13
LOCK Houston by 23 LOCK
Denver by 6
Kansas City by 6
Arizona by 11
St. Louis by 4
Carolina by 7
Green Bay by 3, 43 points

posted by bender at 10:29 PM on January 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Oakland by 5
Washington by 3
Carolina by 17
Dallas by 4
Detroit by 7
Houston by 13
Kansas City by 21
Miami by 3
New England by 10
Chicago by 4
LOCK Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK
Jacksonville by 7
Arizona by 9
Seattle by 7
Minnesota by 7
Denver by 7

posted by bender at 12:26 AM on December 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

My efforts to avoid the Costanza have thus far been fruitless. Time to ramp it up [somehow...]

Tampa Bay by 7
N.Y. Jets by 12
Houston by 4
Minnesota by 5
New England by 34
N.Y. Giants by 3
Buffalo by 7
Jacksonville by 11
Kansas City by 8
Green Bay by 10
Seattle by 17
Pittsburgh by 13
San Diego by 6
Cincinnati by 4
LOCK Arizona by 14 LOCK
New Orleans by 7

posted by bender at 05:28 PM on December 17

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 13
Chicago by 6
Cincinnati by 4
San Francisco by 3
Kansas City by 9
Detroit by 4
N.Y. Jets by 13
Buffalo by 5
Tampa Bay by 5
LOCK Carolina by 17 LOCK
Jacksonville by 3
Seattle by 4
Denver by 7
Green Bay by 8
New England by 4
Miami by 4

posted by bender at 09:12 AM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm saddened to say that the phrase "McNeese State - Definitive NCAA champion" has failed to materialize as they lost to Sam Houston State in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Since any eventual champion of FCS will have transitively beaten them, can't we just pass that title to the ultimate FCS champion if Clemson doesn't win the playoff?

posted by bender at 01:48 PM on December 07

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Green Bay by 4
Houston by 6
LOCK Chicago by 8 LOCK
Cincinnati by 10
Tennessee by 5
Arizona by 13
Miami by 3
Minnesota by 4
N.Y. Jets by 7
Tampa Bay by 3
Kansas City by 9
Denver by 7
New England by 10
Carolina by 10
Indianapolis by 6
Dallas by 4

posted by bender at 11:42 AM on December 03

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Coveted as it may be, it is now my stated goal to not win the Costanza. Watch out, tahoe!

posted by bender at 10:17 AM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Detroit by 3
Carolina by 11
Green Bay by 6
Minnesota by 4
Cincinnati by 5
Oakland by 3
Indianapolis by 7
Buffalo by 6
N.Y. Jets by 7
N.Y. Giants by 10
Jacksonville by 2
Houston by 4
LOCK Arizona by 13 LOCK
Seattle by 8
New England by 6
Cleveland by 5

posted by bender at 09:07 PM on November 25

College Football Belt Backlog

According to this college football reference site Arkansas State was 1-8 in 1954 after going 8-0-2 in 1953. I'm wondering if the sparse records for 1954 were because they were playing in some lower division of college football. In any event, if that site is correct, they had almost certainly lost the belt to someone else by the time they played Mississippi State in October.

posted by bender at 05:00 PM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Hmm, I do not. If you can find it, that's great. If not, I'll just pick tonight's game:

New England by 17 Sure, let's lock it in.

If the Patriots win by any amount, I'll match last week's score!

posted by bender at 05:06 PM on November 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Was there a post from me from around 1:45 yesterday? It did not show up here. Even if my late picks for the 1:00 games can't count, I should still get my picks for the 4:00 games.

posted by bender at 04:12 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Justin Meram scores the fastest goal in MLS playoff history.

posted by bender at 09:43 PM on November 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Tennessee by 5

posted by bender at 10:09 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This, of course, is what sometimes makes the end of CFL games a crazy affair.

Why can't you just try to return a missed field goal for a touchdown, you know, like normal people? I don't even know what I've just watched there.

posted by bender at 05:11 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Your ideas intrigue me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

posted by bender at 10:18 AM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Green Bay by 5
Tennessee by 3
St. Louis by 7
Miami by 6
Pittsburgh by 7
Dallas by 3
New Orleans by 10
Baltimore by 4
LOCK Oakland by 11 LOCK
Denver by 7
New England by 9
Arizona by 10
Cincinnati by 21

posted by bender at 09:43 AM on November 13

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Hamilton by 4
BC by 19
Medlock
Over

posted by bender at 09:23 AM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Buffalo by 4

posted by bender at 02:49 PM on November 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Unfortunately, those 6 points would only convert to 4.52 in the NFL pick 'em.

posted by bender at 03:35 PM on November 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Toronto by 19
Ottawa by 2
Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 5

posted by bender at 09:19 AM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 19
Buffalo by 4
St. Louis by 7
LOCK New England by 21 LOCK
Tennessee by 3
New York Jets by 14
Oakland by 4
Green Bay by 5
Atlanta by 7
New York Giants by 4
Denver by 10
Dallas by 3
Chicago at San Diego

posted by bender at 09:16 AM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Washington football team has taken a slightly different tack in defending (?) their team name. Basically, "Yeah, it's offensive. ... So?"

posted by bender at 05:36 PM on November 03

Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Make Mike Mularkey Interim Coach

Meanwhile, the AFC South is so bad, the Titans are still in contention at 1-6. Here's hoping someone wins the division at 6-10!

posted by bender at 03:44 PM on November 03

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

Kansas City by 7
Atlanta by 11
Minnesota by 4
Cleveland by 3
St. Louis by 6
New Orleans by 7
Cincinnati by 13
San Diego by 4
Houston by 2
New York Jets by 4
Dallas by 3
Green Bay by 11
LOCK Carolina by 13 LOCK

posted by bender at 10:35 PM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Toronto by 18
Calgary by 6
Ottawa by 9
Montreal by 6

posted by bender at 11:49 AM on October 30

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

New England by 7

posted by bender at 09:38 AM on October 29

Chargers Will Apply to Move to L.A.

If we can sucker the Brits into making the Jaguars their team -- an achievement on par with making the Colonies embrace Sunderland above all others -- my meth-inquisitive, headline-generating tropical people might not be a bitter jilted ex of the NFL 10 years from now.

Yeah, right up until the NFL decides that the Britons' newly-earned fandom should be rewarded with a team actually residing there, and what better choice than the one whose colors they have become most familiar with? At least you'll be able to say that you cheered for AFC Jaguars before it was cool.

posted by bender at 02:10 PM on October 26

Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 10

You and me both. I had a strong second half last season and thought I had gotten decent at this game, but it turns out that I didn't.

posted by bender at 03:16 PM on October 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 7
Hamilton by 4
Ottawa by 19
Saskatchewan by 8

posted by bender at 05:43 PM on October 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition

Seattle by 4
Buffalo by 7
Detroit by 8
LOCK Atlanta by 17 LOCK
Indianapolis by 7
Kansas City by 3
St. Louis by 10
Miami by 7
New England by 7
Tampa Bay by 7
San Diego by 11
Dallas by 10
Carolina by 7
Arizona by 7

posted by bender at 09:17 AM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

What? Michigan didn't beat Michigan State?

posted by bender at 03:50 PM on October 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

LOCK Atlanta by 17 LOCK
Cincinnati by 11
Denver by 4
Detroit by 7
Tennessee by 7
Minnesota by 10
New York Jets by 6
Pittsburgh by 3
Jacksonville by 5
Seattle by 14
Green Bay by 8
San Francisco by 4
New England by 11
Philadelphia by 7

posted by bender at 01:20 PM on October 15

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

LOCK Atlanta by 17 LOCK

posted by bender at 10:36 AM on October 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Ottawa by 5
Calgary by 4
B.C. by 6
Montreal by 17

posted by bender at 10:12 AM on October 15

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

I would like to revise my pick for tonight to Houston by 4.

posted by bender at 12:33 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

Indianapolis by 12
Atlanta by 4
Cincinnati bu 3
Green Bay by 10
Tennessee by 7
Kansas City by 8
Philadelphia by 10
Jacksonville by 5
Cleveland by 3
Arizona by 7
New England by 13
Oakland by 13
New York Giants by 14 Lock it like it's hot
San Diego by 7

posted by bender at 10:47 AM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Some peewee football players don't let football get in the way of their real passion, dancing.

posted by bender at 09:30 AM on October 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Ottawa by 7
Hamilton by 18
Calgary by 12
BC by 17
Montreal by 16

posted by bender at 03:18 PM on October 06

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 4
Miami by 8
Atlanta by 7
New York Giants by 3
Oakland by 3
Kansas City by 7
Indianapolis by 7
Carolina by 6
Philadelphia by 7
LOCK San Diego by 13 LOCK
Minnesota by 7
Arizona by 4
Green Bay by 10
New Orleans by 5
Seattle by 9

posted by bender at 11:45 AM on October 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Montreal by 6
Calgary by 9
Edmonton by 6
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by bender at 10:16 AM on October 01

Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices

(Ironically, I do this sort of calculation all the time near the end of the baseball season, looking for the ridiculous 3-, 4-, or 5-way tie for multiple playoff spots. This is the one time I didn't do it.)

I assume this has something to do with the improbable nature of the Blue Jays clinching a playoff spot with a week to go (or at all) and not wanting to jinx it.

posted by bender at 10:40 AM on September 27