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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Ottawa by 10

Calgary by 27

Saskatchewan by 6

Edmonton by 5

posted by tahoemoj at 05:38 PM on October 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

Green Bay by 13 LOCK

New York Giants by 10

Baltimore by 17 LOCK

Buffalo by 10 LOCK

Cincinnati by 20 LOCK

Indianapolis by 3

Minnesota by 10 LOCK

New Orleans by 6

Oakland by 7

Detroit by 8

Atlanta by 3

Tampa Bay by 10

New England by 20 LOCK

Seattle by 6

Houston by 3

posted by tahoemoj at 03:56 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Just to get you back up to speed--I'm winning the NFL pick 'em and am consistently the pithiest commenter in each and every thread.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:03 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

On my want list: - Irish hurling

My across-the-street neighbor is an avid hurler and hurling fan who hails from the perennial powerhouse of Kilkenny. We arise at 5:00 am every year (and begin drinking Guinness at 5:15) to watch the national finals, which Kilkenny pretty much always win.

After a decade of this viewing ritual, I was presented with my vey own Kilkenny jersey last St. Patrick's.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:24 PM on October 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 6 (did I mention that I am craven?)

New York Giants by 10

Carolina by 6 (is Newton playing or not?)

New England by 17 LOCK (sorry boys, you've let me down too many times)

Cleveland by 3

Jacksonville by 10

Detroit by 6

Philadelphia by 10

Pittsburgh by 27 LOCK

Buffalo by 10

Oakland by 7

Atlanta by 3

Green Bay by 8

Indianapolis by 3

New York Jets by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 12:08 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Hamilton by 9

BC by 5

Saskatchewan by 4

Calgary by 24

posted by tahoemoj at 12:00 PM on October 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Really wanted to pick the Chargers tonight, but I completely chickened out like the wimp that I am. Well, it's not over yet and these are the 16 Chargers...

posted by tahoemoj at 10:32 PM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 07:19 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Ottawa by 13

Winnipeg by 4

Edmonton by 13

Calgary by 17

posted by tahoemoj at 05:51 PM on October 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition

I have a category 4 hurricane that's a more pressing concern.

Pssht. Pussy. In all seriousness, do stay safe. This one seems like a nasty one, and I think our diversion takes a back seat.

Arizona by 6

Indianapolis by 10

Minnesota by 13 LOCK

New England by 17 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 18 LOCK

Philadelphia by 13 LOCK

Tennessee by 6

Baltimore by 10

Atlanta by 7

Buffalo by 4

Cincinnati by 10

Oakland by 6

Green Bay by 10

Carolina by 10 LOCK

posted by tahoemoj at 11:42 AM on October 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Throw the Ball Jameis Edition

Cincinnati by 10 LOCK
Indianapolis by 3
Buffalo by 3
Atlanta by 6
Washington by 3
Detroit by 10
Oakland by 6
New York Jets by 10
Tennessee by 7
Denver by 10 LOCK
Dallas BY 10
Arizona BY 13 LOCK
New Orleans by 10
Pittsburgh by 6
Minnesota by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 03:44 PM on September 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Edmonton by 3

Calgary by 17

Ottawa by 6

Toronto by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 11:44 AM on September 28

RIP Arnold Palmer, 1929-2016

Maybe he can teach God to hit a 1-iron when he arrives at the pearly gates. Rest in Peace, Arnie.

posted by tahoemoj at 09:56 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's Edelman,

posted by tahoemoj at 05:21 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm a little surprised that there hasn't been an ocean of "SEE BRADY WAS NEVER THAT GOOD" think pieces

It's almost like the "they hate us" narrative that Boston fans have embraced so firmly was largely fictitious. I'll be damned!

posted by tahoemoj at 04:31 PM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Ottawa by 6

BC by 10

Calgary by 13

Hamilton by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 03:41 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Houston by 4
Arizona by 13
Tennessee by 6
Miami by 21 LOCK
Baltimore by 13
Green Bay by 14
Cincinnati by 10
Carolina by 8
New York Giants by 16
Tampa Bay by 10
San Francisco by 4
New York Jets by 7
San Diego by 12
Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK
Dallas BY 10
Atlanta BY 13

posted by tahoemoj at 05:16 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Phil Kessel takes jab at USA Hockey after loss to Canada at World Cup

Well played, Phil.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:14 PM on September 21

Lady Gaga Will Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show

her backing band when she does the jazz standards and Tony Bennett stuff is all Cincinnati boys

We Cincinnatians, no many how many decades removed, will always take pride in the Conservatory of Music. Good on those boys.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:24 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

corporate vanilla

I don't want to nitpick here, but I think the other color is some shade of blue, and not "corporate vanilla," a lovely eggshell-esque shade that I just painted my entire house with last weekend.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:47 PM on September 19

Lady Gaga Will Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show

***Tahoemoj is a crotchety old man alert***

Not in any way to harsh on her rendition of the National Anthem last year, which I thought was both graceful and moving... BUT...With her style of pop drivel more focused on flash and dancing than actual singing, she seems the perfect candidate for the annual cheese-filled lip-synch fest we have become accustomed to.

I had the misfortune of watching her actually try to sing on a New Year's Eve special a few years back--maybe the autotune failed, maybe she was working too hard at dancing in sub-zero temperatures, and maybe the backing track was off--but I couldn't believe how fucking terrible she was.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:45 PM on September 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Gutsy call there on Saskatchewan there, TT.

Hamilton by 13

Winnipeg by 6

Calgary by 10

Edmonton by 4

posted by tahoemoj at 01:56 PM on September 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

New York Jets by 10
Baltimore by 17
Cincinnati by 2
Dallas by 6
Kansas City by 4
New England by 13 LOCK
New York Giants BY 8
Carolina by 13 LOCK
Detroit by 13
Seattle by 10 LOCK
Arizona by 7
Oakland by 10 LOCK
Denver by 12
San Diego by 3
Green Bay by 4
Philadelphia by 3

posted by tahoemoj at 01:53 PM on September 15

Kevin Harlan's Epic Radio Call of Monday Night Football Interloper

Westwood One is lucking to have him.

Is that a typo, or were you trying to say that WW1 is lucking fucky to have him?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:40 AM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

B.C. by 14

Winnipeg by 13

Calgary by 11

Hamilton by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 06:26 PM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Carolina by 10

Tampa Bay by 6

Minnesota by 4

Philadelphia by 6

Cincinnati by 3

Oakland by 10

Kansas City by 8

Buffalo by 3

Houston by 6

Green Bay by 7

Seattle by 13 **LOCK**

New York Giants by 14

Indianapolis by 6

Arizona by 7

Pittsburgh by 10

Los Angeles by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 08:19 PM on September 07

Troy Aikman Blasts Fox Hiring Skip Bayless

Actually, Bayless is VERY good at what he does.

I agree 100%.** Horowitz's responsibility to the shareholders of Fox, Inc. is to maximize the profits of the machine, which is done by drawing eyeballs and selling advertising. He seems to believe that Bayless will serve in that function, and Bayless' history at ESPN appears to bear that theory out.

If Aikman is disappointed because he had a different vision for what FS1 was going to be, that is his business, and his right. But Aikman, to my understanding, is "on-air talent," and not management. His role in the corporate structure is vastly different.

**Like the prevailing wisdom here, I can't stand what he does. But he does it well.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:44 PM on September 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

BC by 10

Ottawa by 4

Winnipeg by 10

Calgary by 4

Hamilton by 17

posted by tahoemoj at 07:37 PM on August 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

We're at the end of the 4th quarter, and I still don't think you're too late

posted by tahoemoj at 10:17 PM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Ottawa by 4

Montreal by 10

Edmonton by 24

Calgary by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 06:45 PM on August 24

The Great Sports Myth

Thanks, rumple, that was a fascinating read.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:32 PM on August 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Ottawa by 6

Calgary by 7

Edmonton by 8

Hamilton by 17

posted by tahoemoj at 12:35 PM on August 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

let's given Bolt a chance at a ceremonial first pitch to see.

And give him a crack at a national anthem, as well. US, Jamaica, or Radiohead - his choice.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:03 PM on August 15

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Why not take a stab at it if he can get teams to give him a look?

Because he's just going to trip over his dick on a big stage again?

posted by tahoemoj at 05:19 PM on August 09

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

And I wanna be a dinosaur cowboy. Sometimes dreams just don't come true.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:14 PM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 5

Winnipeg by 10

Calgary by 13

B.C. by 22

posted by tahoemoj at 07:41 PM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle


A day that will live in the Ventura Household.

I imagine the Ryan family gets together every August 4th to have beers and laughs.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:13 PM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Winnipeg by 9

B.C. by 11

Calgary by 20

Ottawa by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 07:44 PM on August 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sorry for the erroneous information yesterday.

Hate to break it to you, but your credibility is now irreparably out the window.

the league leader in RBI (Jay Bruce, NL) has been traded in the middle of the season (to the Mets, from the Reds)

If Bruce had put up similar numbers throughout his career with the Reds, he would have become the centerpiece of the organization. Instead, he bookended some strikeout-heavy mediocrity between two pretty great seasons. I look forward to seeing which batter is the real Jay Bruce. I suspect that this year is the anomaly, but we shall see. Also, he has come to be known as a defensive liability due to his poor positioning and ball tracking skills, but he has one hell of an arm from the outfield that is good for some spectacular put outs.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:48 PM on August 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

I am terribly proud to have followed up by momentous comeback week with a week of vacation in Maine, thereby purposefully avoiding the interwebs at all costs. I wear my week 6 goose egg as a badge of honor (sorry...honour), and look forward to redemption for week 7.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:55 PM on August 01

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

I would generally rather watch just about any sport in the world rather than basketball; it just doesn't appeal to me as a game. Yet, I suddenly find myself becoming a fan of the NBA.

And what grum, tommytrump, NoMich, and billsaysthis said.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 PM on July 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Ottawa by 10 Hamilton by 6 Toronto by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 08:54 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 12

posted by tahoemoj at 11:16 AM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Ottawa by 7

Winnipeg by 5

Hamilton by 10

BC by 12

posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 PM on July 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Dammit, missed the Thursday games (but who am I kidding, I would have picked both wrong anyway).

Ottawa by 10

Edmonton by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 01:38 PM on July 08


1--As a Devils fan, I love this trade. Larsson never quite reached his potential in Jersey, and think both parties will benefit from parting ways. Hall should be a nice top line winger if they can assemble a center and right wing to compliment him--maybe Zajac and Palmieri?

2--I understand that Subban is a quality defenseman in the prime of his career, but is Weber so far onto the downhill side of his career that this trade is lopsided? Weber is still a legit top-four blueliner and plays with a nastiness that Subban simply doesn't have-a nastiness sorely lacking in Montreal.

3--Smart move by the Bolts. Stamkos, if he can [begin to] stay injury-free, is a legit hall of famer, and would likely have put the Bolts over the top against the Pens this spring.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:35 PM on June 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Montreal by 8

Toronto by 2

Hamilton by 12

Calgary by 6

Glad to see that I wasn't the only one who put up a goose egg last week. Maybe my Saskatchewan relegation comment jinxed me?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:23 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"The dark cloud," Brokaw said, "has been lifted."

Am I the only one who foresees (wants to see) the dark cloud returning, and Griffin's name added as number 26?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:16 PM on June 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

then I will puchus a crossbow instead

That requires acknowledgement. I just laughed my ass off.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:07 PM on June 28

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Much like the Sharks, I faltered badly in the final round.

NoMich, like the Penguins, improved with each round. Congratulations, you magnificent bastard!

On edit, both a championship and a costanza in the same week?! You the man, man.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:48 PM on June 22

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Toronto by 8

Winnipeg by 4

Edmonton by 7

Calgary by 9

As last year was my first year taking an interest in the CFL, I am still fairly new to the ins and outs of the league. But I can only assume that Saskatchewan was relegated based on last year's performance?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:23 PM on June 21

Penguins claim fourth Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Sharks

The Sharks narrowly edge out the Ducks to win the Pacific, beat the playoff doldrums to reach the Cup finals, and then trip over their dicks and get swept..

So far, not bad! the Islanders.

Not so much

Rookie of the year honors goes to the "field" rather than McDavid or Eichel. Let's say teenager Dylan Larkin by virtue of playing between Zetterberg and Abdelkader.

23 goals, 22 assists. 45 points. Top 3 in scoring on the Red Wings, All-Star representative. Not bad.

The Miami Redhawks men's hockey team will win the first national title in any sport for my 206-year old alma mater (flagrant homerism)

Ha ha ha ha ha....not so much.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:50 PM on June 14

"Mr. Hockey", Gordie Howe, has passed away at age 88.

billsaysthis, as a little boy growing up in east Hartford, Connecticut, I was one of the beneficiaries of that un-retirement. My dad, brother, and I used to love going to watch the Howe family play for the Whalers, watching Mr. Hockey skate with his extremely talented (Mark) and less-talented (Marty) sons. Unfortunately, I was the baby brother and my older sibling got the honor of claiming number 9 when we started playing mite hockey in Bolton. The Howes would regularly make appearances at youth hockey schools, and I had the honor of sharing the ice with Mr. Hockey when I was about 6.

Rest in peace to one of the most iconic athletes ever to grace the rink. As Gretzky himself put it, not just the greatest hockey player ever, but the nicest person he ever met.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:02 PM on June 10

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

Sharks in 6

2 OT









posted by tahoemoj at 02:12 PM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Still, there's hardly any available free skate time in any of those places because of all of the youth leagues and adult leagues.

The rink in Santa Barbara was completed in October of 2014. There are now 4 men's adult leagues, both boys and girls youth leagues, and a line out the door for every public skating session. Of course, the town is crawling with Canadian and northeast/Midwest transplants, but I think the Kings string of success also has a lot to do with the interest.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:44 AM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Tough year to be a Reds fan. Although the bullpen is consistent.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:47 PM on May 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Penguins in 6

Sharks in 7

Goals: Kessel (on edit-TommyT, I thought I was pretty clever here. Sorry bout your luck).

SvPct: Elliott (the Sharks are going to pepper him!).

PP: San Jose.

Penalties: Coburn (TB)

GPG: Pitt.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:04 PM on May 13

Grosse Ile H.S. lacrosse team accused of killing animal before game

I also read that it was a guinea pig somewhere. As an animal lover and owner of 5 furry kids, I'd like to state for the record--fuck these assholes. My personal belief is that humans who hurt or kill helpless creatures for sport (rather than food) are a special breed of fucked up, and deserve to have crappy things happen to them.

That said, if something like this happened 50 years ago (aside from the fact that it would not have been a viral story, of course), do you think there would have been much outrage? I appreciate the fact that the response to this is outrage rather than "meh, that's just boys being boys" or something similar. Maybe we're evolving, after all?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on May 13

One Night in Leicester

So maybe maudlin is a better word?

posted by tahoemoj at 01:14 PM on May 06

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

He had multiple chances to protect children from heinous abuse by one of his own coaches.

That sure seems to be the case. And if so, beyond all of the outrage and anger toward Paterno, I'm extremely curious about what could have been going through his head for all of those years. Was it just misguided loyalty to a man that he considered a friend, or even an extended family member? Was the guy that fucking spectacular of an assistant football coach that Paterno cynically felt that his value to PSU outweighed the harm he was doing to the anonymous children he was molesting?

Well behind the obvious horrific consequences to the victims of Sandusky's crimes, one of the greatest tragedies in this case is that Paterno went tits up before he could ever take ownership of his actions, and maybe even explain to the world what the fuck he was thinking.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:13 PM on May 06