Recent Comments by tahoemoj

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Toronto by 3

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 13

BC by 13

Toronto by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 04:03 PM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It's his roundabout way of saying "Blonde with the breadstick is hot!".

Oh, I caught the joke, but that doesn't make it sound any less like a Crispin Glover fever dream.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:47 PM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If one must be reincarnated as an inanimate object...

I feel like someone has the obligation to address the 800 lb, and apparently very stoned, gorilla in the room.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:34 PM on October 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Ottawa by 8

Hamilton by 10

Edmonton by 12

B.C. by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 03:34 PM on September 30

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

Baltimore by 13

New York Jets by 10

Atlanta by 16

Buffalo by 3

Oakland by 17

Cincinnati by 7

Indianapolis by 14

Carolina by 17

Philadelphia by 10

San Diego by 14

Minnesota by 6

Arizona by 13

Green Bay by 20 (Gimme an L!...Gimme an O!...Gimme a C!....Gimme a K! What's that spell?! Almost assuredly, Green Bay's first loss of the season!

Dallas by 3

Seattle by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 03:32 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

thankfully not chili-related

Being 2,000 miles removed from my beloved Skyline Chili, I am forced to make Cincy chili from scratch at home. Nowhere near as convenient as a jaunt to the corner Skalini's Spaghetti Palace (as the locals refer to it), but it does cut back on the streaking.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:55 PM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 10 (who are these Winnioeg guys anyhow?)

Edmonton by 14

Toronto by 8

Montreal by 5

posted by tahoemoj at 04:55 PM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

New York Giants by 10

Cleveland by 4

Atlanta by 16

Indianapolis by 13

Pittsburgh by 20

San Diego by 6

New England by 21 (tahoemoj in Foxboro with the lead pipe)

New York Jets by 10

Carolina by 14

Cincinnati by 3

Houston by 3

Arizona by 17

Buffalo by 14

Seattle by 24

Denver by 6

Green Bay by 14

posted by tahoemoj at 04:51 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well played on both of your parts, methinks.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:36 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

I gladly sacrifice my lead pipe lock this week to see Baltimore drop to 0-2.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:14 PM on September 20

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Kansas City by 8

Buffalo by 4

Arizona by 17

Cincinnati by 3

Tennessee by 4

Detroit by 3

New Orleans by 17

Atlanta by 8

Pittsburgh by 10

St. Louis by 13

Carolina by 10

Baltimore by 20 (Cuz Stone Cold Said So)

Miami by 6

Dallas by 13

Green Bay by 14

Indianapolis by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 06:02 PM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Calgary by 16

Hamilton by 3

Ottawa by 17

Montreal by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 03:44 PM on September 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

in case you were wondering how I could be such a diehard Jags fan and live in Ohio

First of all, anyone who leaves Ohio and is smart enough to abandon any vestiges of Bengals and/or Browns fanhood cannot be faulted. Not even a little bit. I have lived on the west coast for 21 years now, but am too stubborn (dumb?) to abandon my allegiance to the Bengals after living in Cincinnati for 20 years. When I think of how much more pleasant my last two decades would have been if I had just jumped on the Niners, Seahawks, Chargers, or even Raiders (ok, just kidding) bandwagon.

But then after being smart enough to jump ship, you pick the Jags?! And stick with them, even with the Bengals reaching the pinnacle of almost being competitive?! If you're ever in Santa Barbara, I'll buy you a drink.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:15 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"Maybe there's not. Maybe it's just an unwritten rule. We saw it on film, that the Patriots do that. They shift and slide and do stuff on the goal line, knowing that it's an itchy trigger finger-type down there.

Because any Steelers fan knows that on the goal line, only one of two plays is permitted: Line up with 3 tight ends and run straight at the defense, or line up with 3 tight ends, fake the run straight at the defense and throw to the tight end. Anything else is cheating.

I hate the Pats as much as the next guy (but not as much as the Steelers!), but Jebus, Ben. A guy who made his living playing in a Todd Haley offense complaining about any sort of trickery is just silly.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:09 PM on September 11

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

In Bortles we trust.

In Blake Klingler O'Donnell Smith Mitchell Kitna Palmer Dalton we trust.


posted by tahoemoj at 05:12 PM on September 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Hamilton by 17

Saskatchewan by 4

Calgary by 10

B.C. by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 06:00 PM on September 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

New England by 6

Indianapolis by 10

Green Bay by 17

Seattle by 3

N.Y. Jets by 6

Miami by 17

Carolina by 10

Kansas City by 13

Arizona by 6

Detroit by 10

Baltimore by 6

Cincinnati by 14 - stoney baloney ice cold lead pipe lock

Tampa Bay by 5

Dallas by 13

Philadelphia by 6

Minnesota by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 02:55 PM on September 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 13

Saskatchewan by 10

Hamilton by 4

Calgary by 9

posted by tahoemoj at 11:51 AM on September 03

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