Recent Comments by tahoemoj

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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If you're going to hit it out of the park, make sure you fuck all the bases

All that's missing is a phantom dead girlfriend and an endorsement from Kim Jong Un.

And thank you, oh board of the beaver for adding a new phrase into my already salty lexicon.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:55 PM on April 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Stars in 6
Sharks in 6

Penguins in 7
Lightning in 6

Goal scorer: Benn
Save Pct.: Jones (SJS)
Goals/Game: Tampa

posted by tahoemoj at 11:59 AM on April 27

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

I'm not going to rehash this argument in depth yet again, anymore than I'm going to argue with someone who denies evolution as science instead of simply a personal interpretation of faith.

I understand that you are a true believer, and appreciate the loyalty as a fan. I also agree that the NFL did not make a strong enough case against Brady or the Pats to warrant a 4-game suspension. I only dispute the characterization of the "noble gas law" explanation that you forward. The noble gas law does not disprove the NFL's case; it makes it possible that the NFL's explanation is wrong, thereby leading to the conclusion that the NFL failed to adequately make its case against Brady and the Pats.

The noble gas law makes it possible that there was no tampering; it is one possible explanation for the discrepancy between footballs. Very well explained here. There are other explanations, one of which remains tampering and/or intentional underinflation. You are forwarding that the noble gas law leads to only one possible conclusion: that there was no underinflation. That's not true.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:22 PM on April 26

ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Anti-Transgender Post

Don't let the door hit you in the ass, you derisive, tone deaf, bigoted shitheel.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:08 PM on April 20

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now


Islanders in 6

Lightning in 6

Capitals in 5

Penguins in 5



Stars in 4

Blackhawks in 7

Ducks in 6

Sharks in 6 (My annual delusion ain't changing this year)


posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on April 13

NFL Adds Rule for Automatic Ejections After 2 Personal Fouls

Do you like diving/embellishing? Because this is how you get diving/embellishing.

Absolutely. Especially in the case of a player with a reputation for playing on the edge. I foresee certain "wily" coaches incorporating attempts to get players ejected into their game plan.

Also, kudos on the Archer reference.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:22 PM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

*slow clap

posted by tahoemoj at 01:36 AM on March 01

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Well done, tron, and kudos Ufez. And echoing thanks to rcade for the work throughout the season.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:50 AM on February 09

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Carolina by 24 LOCK

Total score - 44

First field goal - Gano

First touchdown - Ginn

Most passing yards - Superman

Most rushing yards - Anderson

Most receiving yards - Olsen

Sack or partial sack - C. Johnson

Interception - Coleman

First turnover-so a bad snap will get blamed on the QB? Peyton, AGAIN on the first play

Pick the game's MVP - Superman

tahoemoj FTW!

posted by tahoemoj at 04:13 PM on February 05

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

I've always like the Leafs' unis (and nothing else about them). I really like the more retro, fluid logo than the simple, modern design they've sported for the last 30 or so years.

posted by tahoemoj at 08:16 PM on February 03