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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Shhhhh. Nobody tell Reever and JPR about the score of last night's game.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:08 PM on August 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hamilton by 18

Toronto by 3

Winnipeg by 6

Ottawa by 5 (I really, really want to pick Sask.--just can't do it.)

posted by tahoemoj at 12:06 PM on August 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

BC by 4

Hamilton by 13

Calgary by 10

Toronto by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 12:06 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 8

Toronto by 6

Hamilton by 10

Ottawa by 4

posted by tahoemoj at 07:33 PM on August 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Edmonton by 13

Montreal by 7

Toronto by 11

Hamilton by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 02:55 PM on August 05

How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise?

The premise of the article is intriguing, at least to the extent that he is saying that because most Londoners have already chosen an NFL team to cheer for, the Jags would presumptively fill a niche as "everyone's secondary team." I think that can be equated to a certain degree to moving a bottom-tier Premiere League team to the States (nice segue, rcade). Lots of Americans have chosen a Premier League (or FA) team to cheer for, but how loyal would we remain if we suddenly had a hometown team? Rather than any sort of intelligent analysis of the question, I propose the following masturbatory exercise.

Who is your Premier League (or other FA) team? Which team moves across the pond to become your new hometown team? And do they become your default favorite (favourite), or do you remain loyal to your adopted Premier League (FA) team?

I cheer for Spurs, largely because I am always drawn to the team that is competitive, but never quite elite (Bengals, Sharks, etc.) I can see Stoke or QPR moving, based largely on attendance and relegation/promotion status. If they move to Santa Barbara and become the home team, I think I immediately jump on board as a fan, and Spurs move down a notch to #2, until I basically give up on them and just cheer for the home team. Anyone else?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:24 PM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Thursday grumble grumble.

Edmonton by 12

Calgary by 3

Hamilton by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 10:23 AM on July 31

There's something in the Olympic water in Rio...and it's not good.

Do IOC members get a special feces-free swim lane?

The maintenance crew at the Four Seasons assures me that yes, they will ensure that the pool will be kept clean. And the massage therapists will get their nails none. And the hookers will be de-loused.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:01 PM on July 30

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

and Lou moving behind the bench then getting blown out in the first round by the Sens.

The first round of what?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:57 PM on July 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Whew! No Thursday game!

Calgary by 8

B.C. by 5

Edmonton by 7

Saskatchewan by 3

posted by tahoemoj at 10:46 AM on July 24

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

The new coach and GM are not walking into a situation where they taking over a squad with historical talent like they did in their previous successful years.

Don't conflate Babcock with Lamoriello--With the exception of Scott Stevens and arguably John MacLean, Lou inherited somewhere right around jack shit when he joined the Devils in '87. He drafted Shanahan, he drafted Brodeur, he drafted Elias, picked up an undrafted nobody named Rafalski, Sykora, traded for Arnott, and generally built a team from nothing that remained competitive for 25 years.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:42 AM on July 24

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

With Sweet Lou at the helm, the Leafs are now ideally suited to draft a competitive team for the 1998-99 season. Based on the Devils' performance since the lockout, 2012 aside, one might conclude that the game has passed Lou by.

Or it's possible that I'm a Devils fan and am worried that Lou was the only thing keeping them as competitive as they were on a limited budget. And eat shit, Ilya Kovalchuk.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:12 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

I have limited time to follow the CFL.

Wait, are we supposed to be following these games?

Kidding. Have a great time Howard, and kudos on the work you are doing. Something tells me that you can pick right back up in three weeks and end up in the thick of things.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:21 AM on July 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 4

Edmonton by 5

Saskatchewan by 7

Winnipeg by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 11:56 AM on July 16

What if we talked about NHL players the way the media talks about female athletes?

I think there should be a side argument: "What if we and the media treat female athletes like male athletes?"

I know, right? Women have been getting away with far too much for far too long to let that slide. Especially if they're going to get all uppity and ask people to appreciate their ability as athletes instead of commenting on whether or not we'd fuck them.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:36 PM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 3

Winnipeg by 10

B.C. by 6

Calgary by 12

posted by tahoemoj at 07:48 PM on July 07

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

one thing I noticed in watching the game was the lack of cynicism in the women's game -- just a lot less embellishment and time-wasting when compared to men's soccer.

My wife and I were talking about that watching the past two USWNT games. mbd1's theory is one that didn't come up, but I have to admit it has some merit.

We kind of reached the conclusion that, because of the history of women's athletics being dismissed, that the women play with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. What better way to send a nice, loud "fuck you" to the detractors of women's sports than to play the game clean and tough? I've seen plenty of good, solid tackles that actually send the ball carrier to the ground, and most often, she jumps right back up and into the play. Kudos, ladies. I enjoy the men's game immensely, but like holden said, the flow of the women's games has been a refreshing change.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:38 AM on July 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Hamilton by 6

Montreal by 3

Ottawa by 8

Toronto by 17

posted by tahoemoj at 07:32 PM on June 29

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

OK, so I'm about 20 minutes late. I promise, ultimately it will make zero difference in the season's outcome.

Montreal by 13

Calgary by 3

Toronto by 4

Saskatchewan by 11

posted by tahoemoj at 07:44 PM on June 25

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Cixelsyd

Always a bridesmaid...which is actually a pretty good time!

Congratulations cixelsyd, thanks rcade, and cheers to all who played!

posted by tahoemoj at 11:15 AM on June 25

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

Pete's made it very, very difficult to remain a homer.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:17 PM on June 22

U.S. Men Beat Germany After Beating The Netherlands

Personally, I think it is the rest of the football world allowing us a victory tour for taking a fire hose to FIFA on its behalf, and (presumptively) purging the polyp on the colon of football that is Sepp Blatter.

Or maybe not. Like you said, holden, the opposition may not be fielding its full top tier, but the Germans and the Dutch are proud football nations, and are as deep and talented as any on the planet. Any victory over those national teams by the USMNT is remarkable, in my humble opinion.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:03 AM on June 11

NBC Sports to NHL: Hey Good Lookin', Shave Those Playoff Beards

Man bun?

Come out to Santa Barbara for more striking examples of this phenomenon than you might like. And, by all means, bring a set of clippers says the bald guy who may or may not be a little jealous.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:17 AM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Pat Venditte may have an even cooler skill than pitching with both hands!

Reminds me of a buddy of mine who told me that he could play pool with either hand, and was therefore anorexic.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:36 AM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

there are some people who think that this won't affect the Patriots at all. The league will turn a blind eye to it and the team won't even get a slap on the wrist.

Wait...should this affect the Pats? As is the case with many of the world's smartasses, sometimes it is difficult to discern your actual meaning through the written word.

Seems to me that this is a Spikes-centric situation, and the Pats don't have anything to do with it, particularly now that thay've sent Spikes packing.

That being said, I'm secretly rooting for the Ginger Hammer to impose a forfeit of the 2015 Super Bowl and 10-season suspension of Belichick

posted by tahoemoj at 02:47 PM on June 08

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Finals

Good, using that metric, I predict I could be in at least 5th place by now.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:08 PM on June 03

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Stanley Cup Finals

1. Winner: Chicago +1

2. Number of games: 6 +1

3. The longest game: 2OT

4. The average U.S. television rating: 2.4

5. First player to score a goal: Kane

6. Conn Smythe winner: Keith +1

7. Player to score the most goals: Johnson

8. Player to get the most assists: Toews

9. Player to get the most points: Toews

10. Player with the best plus/minus: Keith +1

11. Player with the most penalty minutes: Oduya

12. Starting goaltender with the best GAA: Crawford +1

13. The SportsFilter member who will win this contest: tahoemoj (I'm with grum on that one)

posted by tahoemoj at 12:17 PM on June 02

Another Multiple-OT Goal Helps Blackhawks Tie Series with Ducks

No such thing. And this series is worth significant amounts of sleep deprivation.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:39 PM on May 24

Another Multiple-OT Goal Helps Blackhawks Tie Series with Ducks

rcade, I think you meant to reference the Western Conference finals rather the the Eastern.

Epic damn hockey game.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:50 PM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'd be intrigued to see an excessive celebration penalty on a successful extra point conversion.

Don't those normally get enforced through a blown out ACL for the kicker?

posted by tahoemoj at 10:12 AM on May 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Still, undefeated when scoring more than their opponents. That's pretty impressive. I wonder if they can keep that pace up.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:56 AM on May 19

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Anaheim in 6

NYR in 6

Goal Scorer: Getzlaf

PPG: Nash +1

Penalized player: Shaw

Save %: Lundqvist

posted by tahoemoj at 12:50 PM on May 16

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

But don't worry, there's no sections in case law. You done just fine.

On edit: I gave you some interlocking s's, but rcade's anti-lawyer little sportsball site doesn't recognize them.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:30 PM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

Nice work on your legal citation, too fatma. Wanna proof the brief I'm writing (sorta) as we speak?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 PM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

The pressure of the balls shows they did something wrong: 11 out of 12 were below 12.5 psi as required by the NFL rules...The league should have just punished the team for that after a short investigation

Yep. Just give them a slap on the wrist, or moderately more, for the rules violation. Call it a first offense and make it clear that if it happens again, the punishment will escalate. Make it a strict liability offense and take intent out of the equation. Set the precedent that teams are expected to comply with the rules, and if they fail to do so, they will be punished, and punishments will escalate until the rules are observed. It doesn't matter if it is incompetence or an attempt to cheat.

Instead, we now have a report that makes the issue of intent as clear as mud, and nothing really has changed. Everyone oustide of the northeast is still convinved the Pats are cheaters, and everyone in the northeast can explain the whole thing away. This whole 4 month investigation and report has been such a circus that part of me believes that it is all just a publicity stunt designed to keep people talking about the NFL through the summer. Hell, this is as long a thread as spofi has seen in quite some time.

posted by tahoemoj at 10:24 AM on May 07

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

Heck, the Pats are pikers on the Your Team Cheats scoreboard.

Fun link, and I could have spent all damn day playing on it.

I found it curious that the Pats had some of the more unique "cheats" listed on the scoreboard. A also found the scoreboard suspect in that many of the Pats' cheats were awarded 0 cameras.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:00 PM on May 06

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Chicago in 7 +1 (Sharp)

Anaheim in 5 +2 (Kesler)

Montreal in 6 (Pacioretty)

NYR in 6 +1 (Ovechkin)

GAA: Lundquist +1

posted by tahoemoj at 11:30 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Todd McLellan parts ways with San Jose Sharks


Although, it didn't exactly take Kreskin to see that one coming.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:21 PM on April 21

Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball Through Home-Plate Netting

Tim Kirkjian responded on ESPN that fans who don't watch the ball during a game are in serious danger

Well, on the one hand he is right, and fans who don't pay attention are liable to get brained. But what grum said. This wasn't someone down the third base line turned around chatting with the person behind her or fucking with her cell phone. She was heading to her seat. And whether you think it is right or wrong of her to do so while game play is ongoing, thousands of people do it at the ballpark every night.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:11 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't know about anybody else here, but in my head, I am picturing this exchange as taking place between people who randomly pop out of a cornfield.

Hey Howard, did you hear my dog a-run oft last weekend...?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:37 PM on April 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Habs in 6 +2

Caps in 5 +1

Hawks in 5 +1

Flames in 6 +2

Wings in 7

Wild in 7 +1

Ducks in 5 +1


posted by tahoemoj at 06:20 PM on April 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Buffalo Sabres fire Ted Nolan

Todd McClellan, Mr. Wilson on line one for you in 3...2...

Mr. Wilson, Plattner managemet on line one for you in 3...2...

The Sharks second half was a travesty. The blow is softened by the fact that the Kings are also at the driving range as we speak.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Please don't make me defend Duke.

I assume you've already taken 2 or 3 Silkwood showers to try to wash the first line of that post off of you.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:13 AM on April 08

Losing Wisconsin Coach Laments 'Rent-a-Player' Trend

A newspaper could require a college degree as a hiring requirement even though some applicants would be fully capable of doing the job without one.

That example isn't entirely anologous, either. Nobody here is arguing that an individual team shouldn't be able to have a policy of not drafting high school players. The issue is the collusion (for lack of a better word) among all teams that resulted in the "one and done" policy. In your example, the New York Times could require a college degree, but would do so at the risk of the next Bob Woodward joining the Washington Post at 18.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:09 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

And then claim he's a "huge fan" of her and not sexist.

Yup. Just say "sorry, I fucked up." And then stop.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:14 AM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

Wow, thanks for that great post, both yerfatma and Guardian. Those 6 or 7 paragraphs were more thought provoking than half a years' worth of ESPN talking heads yelling at each other. As others have noted, the point of the piece transcends soccer, particularly, of course, in America. Personally, I think it is indicative of the general trend (for whatever reason) of people feeling less and less attached to their actual existence, and needing something like sports/politics/religion/music to be right about to validate their reality.

As a case in point, during the 2012 election cycle, I tired of all of the political sniping on facebook. For diversion, I started posting musical questions along the likes of "what bands/artists were the most ahead of their time?" and "best rock n' roll voice". The amount of virtriol spewed among my cyber-friends, all of whom have at least one common reason to be polite, was breathtaking.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:34 PM on March 19

Yahoo Tourney Pick'em Pool

The Annual Travesty begins. Gracias, senor grum.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:23 PM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Man, what happened to Clarkson? I know the Leafs grossly overpaid for him, but he was a pretty damn good player for a couple of years in Jersey. It must be true what they say about how tough it is to play in Toronto.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:17 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Has Tony the Tiger always worn underwear?!

posted by tahoemoj at 11:05 AM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Two fonts, one which is horrific

The capital B was designed to look like a pregnant woman's torso, then?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:49 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I would love to have been a part of the consulting team that got paid 6 figures to come up with that logo.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:03 PM on February 25

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

I'm all for that idea, too Howard. And like yerfatma, sadly think it's a pipe dream.

BTW--did anyone else watch ESPN's 30 for 30 on the Miracle on Ice? Thought it was brilliant in that it was told from the Soviet players' perspective, framed by Slava Fetisov's road trip to lake Placid with his 21 year old daughter.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:38 PM on February 23

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

Incredibly well-said. This piece sort of tracks the evolution of the NHL from the introduction of eastern Europeans to the game we see today. I absolutely love hockey, and appreciate the NHL for having the best players in the world. But I'm beginning to tire of the chip and chase game every team plays, typically out of a fear of being counterpunched off of a turnover.* Even the cycling-puck control game guys like Larionov brought with them has morphed into a throw it around the boards/deep behind the net and let the big wingers fight over it type of cycle, rather than the freewheeling style that used the entire ice surface.

* I also recognize the irony of being a Devils fan and saying that, when it was the 94-95 Devils who probably did the most to destroy the freewheeling play of the late 80s and early 90s.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:13 PM on February 23

McCutchen: Baseball No Longer a Sport Where Poor Kids Get Discovered

grum--the hockey story is pretty universal. When I was playing as a kid, we were on three teams: the house league, the house league all star team, and the travel team. The cost to play house league was already prohibitive, and equipment didn't grow on trees (even in the 70's and 80's). All star involved travel all over the midwest and portions of Canada for tournaments. Travel was a national affair, with games from New England to Kansas City. I played in house league with a couple of incredibly talented black kids from the wrong side of the tracks who were probably good enough to play in college. Sadly, even their house league play was augmented by the families of the other players. Nobody wanted to commit to financing their all-star play, and travel was out of the question (never mind the fact that 3 of my teammates' families now own major professional sports franchises).

The point being- McCutchen's article rings very true. Skill and drive are great, but without a wealthy family or a benefactor of some sort, these kids are going to peak at the local level. How many McCutchens are quitting the game because they can't afford to take it to the next level?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:18 PM on February 15

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

Thanks for running it rcade, although I was buried at work Super Bowl weekend and didn't get my final-round picks in. Still tied TommyTrump, though. What'r you, a hockey fan, Trump?

posted by tahoemoj at 05:30 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Don't forget about the "columns" heading. Maybe the best approach is to place the blog in there, with a reminder/link in the huddle whenever you publish.

I look forward to the coming installments!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:35 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I loved those UNLV teams as a kid, mainly as a counterpoint to Laettner's Duke.

Yup. God I hated those Duke teams. They'd almost certainly never admit it, but Tark's Rebels set the path for Michigan's Fab Five.

I thought I was all alone (sniff), but now I know I'm not! (sob)

posted by tahoemoj at 08:53 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

she talked me into going to the Patriots' Super Bowl parade with the argument that I might not ever see another one.

I hope she's right; but I also hope that you have decades ahead of you to enjoy the Pats' return to lovable, long-suffering doormats.

I can dream, too, right?

posted by tahoemoj at 09:29 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"When Venus and I were walking down the stairs to our seats, people kept calling me nigger.' One said, I wish it was 75, we'd skin you alive'

Those are racist undertones?! Not to make light of a serious problem, but if those are undertones, I'd hate to see overt racism. Jebus.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:08 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I didn't realize that an individual Seattle fan could be referred to as a "12".

Ugh. That. I've always kind of held the Seahawks as my secondary team--probably because growing up in Cincinnati compels me to always cheer for lovable loser-type teams--but that came to an abrupt end about 4 years ago with all of the 12 shit and Richard Sherman. Fans are collectively, "the 12th man" or "the twelve," and individually they are "a twelve" or "twelves." I want no part of that silly shit.

And thank god; it was just in time for me to dodge that whole "cheering for a winning team" bullet.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:05 PM on February 05