Recent Comments by tahoemoj

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That would explain the longevity in office. But not the legs.

Groans. Too soon (?)

posted by tahoemoj at 12:59 PM on December 07

Three conference champions and Ohio State walk into a stadium...

This Buckeyes fan is cautiously optimistic about our chances. Not a bad little "rebuilding" year after putting 3/4 of last year's roster into the NFL.

Although I do think the Bucks are the better team top-to-bottom, I'm not going to look past Clemson. Anybody who looks past Deshaun Watson is setting themselves up for some heartache, and Swinney will have his squad ready to play.

I'm in the camp that predicts that Washington will get its ass handed to it, but would love to see them give 'Bama a run for its money. Maybe the SEC was grossly overrated this year (but then again, maybe it wasn't). And nobody really gave "Bama a scare at all this year. Will the PAC-12 representative try to play some defense in the bowl game?

Saban is a hell of a coach who always puts a top-notch product on the field. But so is Urban Meyer. Maybe (if they meet) 'Bama's team-wide experience wins out this year; but hopefully OSU's experience where is counts-at QB-can be a difference maker.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:37 PM on December 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Dallas by 6

Denver by 13 LOCK

Detroit by 9

Green Bay by 10

Atlanta by 10

New England by 24 LOCK

Baltimore by 3

Philadelphia by 10

San Francisco by 4

Oakland by 6

New York Giants by 6

San Diego by 13

Washington by 3

Carolina by 7

Indy by 3

posted by tahoemoj at 01:29 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Detroit by 3
Dallas by 10
Pittsburgh by 13
Atlanta by 10
Cincinnati by 4
Buffalo by 13
New Orleans by 6
New York Giants by 10 LOCK
San Diego by 13
Miami by 10
Tennessee by 13
Seattle by 14 lock
Oakland by 4
Denver by 6
New England by 24 LOCK
Green Bay by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 09:49 PM on November 25

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

I will not be in a prognosticating position tomorrow, either:

Detroit by 3
Dallas by 10
Pittsburgh by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 04:20 PM on November 23

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

David Copperfield is in charge of resurfacing the ice.

What are you, stuck in the 90's?!?! The Golden Knights will not be using ice, but will play while being levitated approximately 3 inches off of the ground by Krisssssss Angel (*mindfreak). Opposing teams must supply their own mindfreak, wizard, shaman, sorcerer, witch, or similar levitation expert.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:23 PM on November 23

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

As a Nevadan, I welcome our first big league professional sports franchise. It will be hard for me to embrace the Golden Knights over the San Jose Sharks as my "local" team, as San Jose is considerably closer to Reno than Vegas is, but I will certainly be pulling for them in a secondary way, and hope they do well.

I can't imagine them ever standing out the way a classic logo does over time.

Seconded. However, the colors are interesting, and I eagerly await a jersey design. I fear it will be very minor league-esque, but hope to be pleasantly surprised.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:58 AM on November 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

Carolina by 10

Arizona by 3

Dallas by 13

Cincinnati by 6

New York Giants by 17 LOCK

Detroit by 8

Pittsburgh by 13

Kansas City by 6

Tennessee by 14

Miami by 9

New England by 24 LOCK

Seattle by 10

Green Bay by 6

Oakland by 14 LOCK

posted by tahoemoj at 01:13 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Was it a safety, rather than a two-point conversion the other direction? If so, why?

posted by tahoemoj at 05:33 PM on November 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Baltimore by 18 LOCK

Atlanta by 10

Tampa Bay by 6

New Orleans by 7

Tennessee by 3

Jacksonville by 6

Carolina by 10

Los Angeles by 3

Washington by 7

San Diego by 3

Dallas by 12

Arizona by 17

New England by 5

Cincinnati by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 02:21 PM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Whaaat? People in other states get to vote for these things?

--Nevada

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on November 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Screwed yourself out of a lovely Costanza there, NoMich.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:45 AM on November 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congrats to rcade on the positive prognostication! Or was it merely good guesswork? Either way, well done sir.

I feel pretty good about my T3, considering I failed to make picks on two separate occasions.

And thanks, Dr. J, for again kindling my interest in football north of the border!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:24 PM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Winnipeg by 16

Hamilton by 3

Edmonton by 24

B.C. by 16

posted by tahoemoj at 12:03 PM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Dig the color scheme and the logo. Wouldn't "Prawns" have been a catchier name?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:41 AM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition

Yeah. I suck at this. Have to go big or go Costanza the rest of the way!

Atlanta by 12 LOCK

Dallas by 10 LOCK

Detroit by 3

Kansas City by 10 LOCK

Miami by 3

New York Giants by 6

Baltimore by 5

Carolina by 17 LOCK

New Orleans by 10 LOCK

Green Bay by 10 LOCK

San Diego by 3

Oakland by 6

Buffalo by 9

posted by tahoemoj at 11:39 AM on November 02

MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo

I want to like Cleveland ... but they make it difficult with chump moves like this.

Amen to that. They are a likeable team in a likeable city. But having that fucking logo on their caps AND their sleeves is an abomination. It's a pure cash grab, knowing that the anti-"political correctness" (read: anti-empathy) crowd will eat it up.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:07 PM on October 27

Aviation Loses a Legend

Hoover was 94, my dad is 84, and a long time fighter pilot. Like virtually all of his contemporaries, whether Air Force or Navy, my father idolized Hoover as both a pilot and a human being. My dad was lucky enough to meet Hoover twice, the meetings separated by almost 50 years:

The first meeting was on an Air Force base in Brownsville, Texas in the mid- 60's. Dad, a young-ish F-100 pilot, had just arrived at the urinal in the officers' chow hall when Hoover, already a legend, sidled up next to him, nearly causing him to miss his target when he realized that he was about to pee next to the great Bob Hoover. When business was complete, dad extended his hand to Hoover and told him how much he admired him. In response, Hoover smiled, turned and washed his hands, and stood politely while my father did the same before accepting the invitation to shake. The two had a brief, but nice, chat about their careers at greater than the speed of sound.

More than 50 years later, dad got to meet Hoover again. Living in northern Nevada, the Reno air races are an annual outing for us, and Hoover was known to travel in VIP circles around the races. In 2013 or 2014, dad ran into Hoover again in the pit area of the races. Even in his 90's Hoover was energetic and congenial. Dad re-introduced himself to Hoover, and recounted the tale of their first meeting in Brownsville. Hoover laughed and said that it sounded familiar before posing for a picture with dad and going their separate ways.

Just knowing how much my father, a man I greatly admire, genuinely idolized Hoover is enough to tell me how important he was to aviation and American military pilots in general.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:04 PM on October 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Hamilton by 8

Winnipeg by 13

BC by 10

Calgary by 17

posted by tahoemoj at 02:10 PM on October 26

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Jacksonville by 3

Cincinnati by 10, fueled by bangers n mash

Carolina by 7

Detroit by 13

Kansas City by 10

New England by 13

New York Jets by 17 LOCK

Oakland by 7

Seattle by 10

San Diego by 13

Atlanta by 6

Dallas by 10

Minnesota by 13 LOCK

posted by tahoemoj at 02:08 PM on October 26

Saint Will and the Man Who Shot Him

That is one hell of a story. So much wrong with the events that led up to the shooting, not the least of which is that New Orleans is a city in which people feel the need not only to arm themselves, but to make carrying a handgun in to every potential confrontation the default setting. I don't know if every word of Hayes' story is true, but t really doesn't matter now. The bottom line is that 4 kids are now growing up without fathers as a consequence.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:12 PM on October 24

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

8/4 NEVER FORGET

A day that will live in infamy...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