Recent Comments by bender

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

Right in the middle of the table, just like last year...

posted by bender at 10:09 AM on May 19

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

Howard, I'm with you, and my objection isn't so much to the word ("kit," for example) itself, or to the British person using the only word he has known for it. It is to the American who--and I know a few and have heard others--has a closet full of football or baseball jerseys (or maybe even a hockey sweater) but feels that only the British term will do for describing his soccer apparel.

posted by bender at 11:00 PM on May 15

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

Police say the device that was found at Manchester United's stadium before the match against Bournemouth in the Premier League was a training device that was left inside Old Trafford following an earlier security exercise.

I'm sure there are some very hard-working folks amongst stadium security and whoever else was involved, but if this account is accurate, that is hilarious (and sad -- Do the Germans have a word for that?).

posted by bender at 07:20 PM on May 15

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

football, fixture, table, match and pitch or soccer, schedule, standings, game and field?

I'd leave pitch (though not with a particularly strong objection), which I would place as the equivalent of saying "lift" instead of "elevator" or "pissed" instead of "drunk", but I have no qualms with any of the others. Really, the only term that irks me is saying "kit" instead of "uniform".

posted by bender at 04:40 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Pittsburgh in 5
San Jose in 7

Goal scorer: Kucherov
Goalie: Jones
PP%: Pittsburgh
Penalties: Callahan
Team GPG: Pittsburgh

posted by bender at 04:36 PM on May 13

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.

From grum's link:

He has lost friends. One of them, a former pro player who used to take him to Super Bowls, told him he didn't want him hanging around his football friends anymore, and humiliated him at a party. "He taped something to my ass and called it Sandusky's hole," he said. "It's absolutely horrible what he did to me. He's hurt me about as much as I've been hurt."

What the hell?!

posted by bender at 07:52 PM on May 07

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

I would like to take Nashville in 7.

posted by bender at 09:56 AM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Serie A goalkeeper does not dare to Zlatan.

posted by bender at 05:36 PM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Dallas in 6
San Jose in 6

Tampa in 6
Washington in 5

PP: Washington
Goals/Game: Dallas

posted by bender at 12:18 PM on April 27

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Dallas in 5
St. Louis in 6
Anaheim in 7
San Jose in 6

Washington in 5
NY Rangers in 6
NY Islanders in 6
Detroit in 6

posted by bender at 10:30 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ernie Els had a rough first hole at Augusta today.

posted by bender at 05:12 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nice job, NCAA, in setting up the blowouts in the semis so that we could have a classic of a title game!

posted by bender at 11:45 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

John Oliver rips elitist' New York Yankees over ticket policy NSFW

Here's a link for that John Oliver Yankees piece. I have no idea if John Oliver knows anything about baseball, but he certainly has a way with taking down asshattery.

posted by bender at 12:43 PM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

The Braves are doing their part to prove to the terrorists that America won't be defeated.

posted by bender at 09:14 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy crap, A&M just came back from down 11 with a minuteish to play to force overtime! Largely without putting UNI on the line.

posted by bender at 10:28 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Have you ever gone to your local NFL stadium and thought, "This stadium is nice, but it could really use a moat?" Not anymore!

posted by bender at 04:36 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This summer's Copa Amrica Centenario draw is out.

posted by bender at 11:32 AM on February 22

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

I was just coming here to post this, too. That is one hell of a story to be swept under the rug for 13 years.

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on February 13

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

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