Recent Comments by tahoemoj

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I believe that was the Devils, and Martin Brodeur became the only goalie to be credited with a game winning goal. I tried to find video, but I'm at work and my time is probably better spent elsewhere!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:15 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm terribly sorry for your loss, rcade. When the Rangers finally clear that hurdle, I fully expect you to hear dancing from above when the glove closes on the final out of the Series. Peace to you and your family.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:00 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

In February of '89, I was a senior in high school in Cincinnati and the captain of the hockey team. Because the Bengals were in the Super Bowl, our coach made practice that day optional. I wanted to set the example for the rest of the guys, so I showed up for the practice. It would end up being a 10 or so guy scrimmage with the game on the radio over the P.A. system. Damned if it wasn't one of the funnest damn days of my young life--right up until the moment when Montana hit Taylor in the end zone with about 7 seconds left to go. No worries, though, the way that franchise was managed, they were bound to make several appearances in the big game after that one. RIGHT?!?!

posted by tahoemoj at 07:31 PM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

Atlanta by 6

First field goal: Gostkowski.

First touchdown: D. Freeman.

Most passing yards: Ryan.

Most rushing yards: Blount.

Most receiving yards: Jones.

Sack or partial sack: Beasley.

Interception: NONE.

Turnover: NONE.

MVP: M. Ryan.

Don't fuck it up rumple. The only way I can possibly win is if you win, which will seal the win for me by you winning.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:59 PM on February 03

67 Swedes Decide Whether to Take the Plunge

I think Frida was ready all along.

I second that. She knew she was jumping, she just wanted to support her man. (How adorable were those two?)

Brilliant short film. Seeing the moment where people resign themselves to do something that terrifies them is tremendously gratifying for some reason. It also provides much insight about the lack of world famous fjord divers.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:38 PM on February 02

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Wow. Happy Birthday to you/us. I'm a newbie, I suppose, only being around 10+ years, but this is still one of the first sites I check every day.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:46 PM on January 25

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Atlanta by 24. At the half. Because I am watching it, and forgot to put my picks in.

New England by 10 LOCK

Brady

Bell

Brown

Butler (had to stick with my late game, "B" theme)

posted by tahoemoj at 04:36 PM on January 22

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

even if he immediately says "I don't want to play football, I want to get an education."

That seems a bit extreme to me. The inherent quid pro quo with an athletic scholarship is that the school exchanges the education for the athlete's participation in the sport. Injuries sustained while participating notwithstanding, if the student chooses not to play, it seems to me that he or she isn't holding up their end of the bargain. But on the rest of your proposal, I agree with you 100%. Offers should be iron clad as soon as the kid agrees.

I see what you're getting at with the school rankings, but I also believe that education is what you make of it. I have no doubt that a committed URI student would get just as quality of a [free] education as a UConn student.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:29 PM on January 17

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

It's hard not to feel for this kid, who obviously worked his ass off and believed that he could count on the adults in whom he had placed his trust. The fact that Edsall and his staff repeatedly reached out to Dickens to affirm the scholarship offer before pulling the rug out kinda cements my conclusion that they were dicks. BUT. For me, the most important takeaway was-

The best offer so far is from FCS school Rhode Island who offered him a full scholarship.

If the point of the athletic scholarship was to get a college education, then it really shouldn't matter whether the offer is from an FCS school. I mean, if the kid was borderline at UConn, it's not like he was a legitimate NFL hopeful. So this is doubtlessly a cautionary tale of the cutthroat world of college football, but all's well that ends well, right?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:40 AM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

I assume on the first drive, they went for the pass on first down because (a) they had not yet established that Bell could gain 2 yards at will, and more importantly (b) everybody in America watching that game expected them to run. Not sure why they didn't just jam it home the second time.

Really, I was just yanking your chain; of course there's always "if only" situations in a game. The flip side would be if Kelce had caught the balls he normally does, and if the Chiefs had converted a few opportunities to intercept Roethlisberger on sloppy passes in the first quarter, the game might not have been close the other way, and Bell ends up a third down drop-down option instead of a yardage machine.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:32 AM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

If a frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass for a'hoppin. Just sayin.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:13 PM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

ALL LOCKS

Atlanta by 6

New England by 17

KC by 3

Green Bay by 10

Rogers

Elliott

Antonio Brown

Avril

posted by tahoemoj at 03:19 PM on January 13

NFL Pick 'Em Champion Crowned

rcade, why you gotta keep doin' me dirty like that?! I locked all those suckers, which I think results in an 86 point week for me. I should be in a tie for the coveted 11th place slot, rather than all alone in 12th. Tell you what, we'll let it slide this time.

In all seriousness--nice pickin' ufez, and thanks for running the show, rcade.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:41 PM on January 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

[denial] Haven't seen a final regular season result, so I will just assume that I have a shiny, new football on the way to my doorstep. [/denial]

Houston by 3

Seattle by 10

Pittsburgh by 8

Green Bay by 6

Roethlisberger

Bell (Pitt)

Beckham

HaHaHaHa Clinton-DixDix

posted by tahoemoj at 02:56 PM on January 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

Thus, my fragile ego soothed for the time being, we move on. I hope we all learned something from this horrible experience.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:48 PM on December 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

I am outraged. I am beyond livid with the wrong that has been perpetrated against me. My intelligence and integrity have both been impugned, and I will not sit here and accept that wrong without raising my voice in a one man cacophony of protest. How dare you assign to me -10 points for Tampa's loss, as if I am a fool, and would lock that pick? Sir, I did not lock that pick, and deserve a score befitting a prognosticator of my skill and cunning. 19 points indeed! I, in fact, scored 29 points! Harumph. Lock all of these suckers!!

Cincinnati by 3

Buffalo by 6

Carolina by 7

Minnesota by 3

Pittsburgh by 17

Dallas by 19

Green Bay by 12

Tennessee by 3

Indianapolis by 20

New England by 6

Atlanta by 17

New York Giants by 10

Arizona by 10

Kansas City by 17

Oakland by 6

Seattle by 24

posted by tahoemoj at 11:48 AM on December 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

New York Giants by 17 LOCK

Atlanta by 12

Miami by 6

Green Bay by 17 LOCK

New England by 24 LOCK

San Diego by 14 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 10

Tennessee by 13 LOCK

Washington by 10 LOCK

Indianapolis by 4

Seattle by 13 LOCK

San Francisco by 6 everybody loses

Cincinnati by 10

Baltimore by 6

Kansas City by 13 LOCK

Dallas by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 06:09 PM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Does it make me a bad person that I'm laughing my ass off while watching that video?

If so, you're in good (bad?) company.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:04 PM on December 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Seattle by 20 LOCK

Miami BY 10

Buffalo BY 13 LOCK

New York Giants by 3

Green Bay by 13 LOCK

Indianapolis BY 6

Houston BY 4

Baltimore BY 10 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 3

Kansas City by 6

Arizona by 4

Atlanta by 20 LOCK

New England BY 24 LOCK

Oakland by 10

Cincinnati by 3

Carolina by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 04:23 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Harbaugh moving on to L.A. to coach the Rams?

Oh, say it ain't so! As a Buckeyes fan, I was looking forward to years, maybe even decades, of sideline and postgame meltdowns. This year's game was the most entertaining Michigan-OSU game in 15 years, and even it was eclipsed by Harbaugh's theatrics and conniptions.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:04 PM on December 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Just Endure The Suffering Edition

Oakland at Kansas City WRONG!!

Miami by 6

Detroit by 17 LOCK

Cincinnati by 20 LOCK

Denver by 6

Indianapolis by 10

Minnesota by 7

Tampa Bay by 3

Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK

San Diego by 7

Washington by 10

New York Jets by 3 (but really, nobody wins here, especially those who watch this shit show)

Atlanta by 14 LOCK

Seattle by 10

Dallas by 17

New England by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 12:11 PM on December 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Just Endure The Suffering Edition

Oakland by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 08:13 PM on December 08

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