Recent Comments by tahoemoj

Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of CTE, autopsy shows

Intriguing lawsuit. Many influential landmark decisions involve a very unsympathetic plaintiff, which Hernandez certainly is. I think the toughest row to hoe there is going to be establishing proximate cause between the brain injury and the loss of income. It's a tough sell to try to convince a jury that the Hernandez family's lost income is the result of the CTE. If I'm the NFL's defense attorney, I will point out that Hernandez engaged in erratic behavior and had legal trouble and gang affiliations well before he played in the NFL. Therefore, either (i) if the erratic behavior is the result of CTE, the CTE was ongoing prior to his NFL playing days; or (ii) the behavior is not the result of CTE, eliminating proximate cause.

Sure, his suicide might have been the result of the CTE, but the suicide was not what caused him to lose his income. The criminal activity and conviction are.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:29 PM on September 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Dr J, I still think you have something wonky in the "Points" column; however, it looks like the "Total Points" column remains accurate. For instance, I got 5 points. The points column shows that I got 3, but my total score did, in fact, increase by 5. Whatevs.

Winnipeg by 8

B.C. by 13

Toronto by 10

Calgary by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 05:59 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

L.A. Rams by 9

Baltimore by 13

Denver by 13

Pittsburgh by 21

Atlanta by 10

Cleveland by 6

Tampa Bay by 3

New England by 30

Miami by 17

Philadelphia by 4

Carolina by 16

Tennessee by 7

Green Bay by 14

Kansas City by 11

Oakland by 9

Dallas by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 05:54 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Bengals fans won. Our Sunday are free for the next 15 weeks.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:33 PM on September 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 3

Cleveland by 6

Carolina by 10

Arizona by 13

Tennessee by 3

Kansas City by 6

New England by 23

Minnesota by 4

Tampa Bay by 10

Miami by 8

Oakland by 17

Dallas by 6

Washington by 3

Seattle by 17

Green Bay by 6

Detroit by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 02:12 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Saskatchewan by 10

Edmonton by 6

Calgary by 18

Ottawa by 12

posted by tahoemoj at 02:07 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Dr. J, it looks like the weekly score column is a bit wonky. The folks (like me) who picked the BC/Winni/Calgary trifecta got 2 points, rather than 3. By my math, Howard gained 4 points with his 3 winners+1 spread, yet his score reflects 2. Not sure if there's a gremlin in there somewhere.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:42 PM on September 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

B.C. by 12

(you spell cheque funny)

Winnipeg by 6

(your end zones are too big)

Ottawa by 22

(Rush is overrated)

Calgary by 5

(That Justin Trudeau sure is dreamy, though)

posted by tahoemoj at 03:31 PM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Everybody is doing a heel turn these days

My idea first!


posted by tahoemoj at 03:26 PM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

NFL Pick 'Em is stupid. The prize sucks. Point spreads are for assholes. My picks represent a paradigm shift in American football picking that none of you are smart enough to grasp.

Kansas City by 7

Buffalo by 4

Washington by 6

Oakland by 10

Houston by 17

Detroit by 4

Pittsburgh by 13 Locks are for choades.

Atlanta by 20

Cincinnati by 2

L.A. Rams by 3

Carolina by 10

Seattle by 3

N.Y. Giants by 6

New Orleans by 7

Chargers by 4

posted by tahoemoj at 03:07 PM on September 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This Is for Boston, Isaiah Thomas.

That's stupid. And the part about Boston embracing him as he dealt with the loss of his sister didn't make me tear up at all. All of that insight from a professional athlete is stupid.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:36 PM on September 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Things have gotten pretty quiet around here. I don't know if all of the trolls just lost interest or what, but I'm going to do my part to get some good old fashioned 100-comment pissing contests going around here. Just a little somethin' to angry up the blood. As long as the mood suits me, I'm going to disagree with every reasonable position I see around here. offense, anyone.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:35 PM on September 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Ottawa by 6

Winnipeg by 7

Calgary by 20

Toronto by 12

posted by tahoemoj at 04:57 PM on August 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 20

Edmonton by 12

B.C. by 8

Calgary by 16

posted by tahoemoj at 07:13 PM on August 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


Is that Canadian for *POOF*? And if so, shouldn't it be *BANFF*?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:57 PM on August 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 3

Ottawa by 18

Calgary by 14

Montreal by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 07:30 PM on August 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

RE: the saddest inning in baseball--Good stuff, but am I the only one who questions the validity of his calculations regarding crowd size? He extrapolated the crowd in attendance by using outfield seats as the baseline for every section, resulting in the 1.4% capacity he applied stadium-wide. That skews the numbers downward, in my experience. Had he used the sections behind home plate and around the dugouts, he would likely have skewed the numbers upward. Perhaps there were as many as 600 fans in attendance that fateful day.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:34 PM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 6

Montreal by 5

Winnipeg by 24

B.C. by 9

posted by tahoemoj at 06:16 PM on August 08

Legendary Notre Dame Coach Ara Parseghian Dies at 94

One of the greats, and a man who helped my alma mater Miami University become known as the Cradle of Coaches. Not many like him anymore.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:33 PM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Thank Jebus I got my Saturday picks in to salvage a point and keep me in the lead for the Costanza. So here's some garbage:

Calgary by 17

Ottawa by 5

Edmonton by 20

BC by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 02:29 PM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six


Toronto by 10

Calgary by 20

posted by tahoemoj at 08:57 AM on July 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Montreal by 3

Edmonton by 12

Winnipeg by 8

Calgary by 14

Toronto by 6

I'm no better at picking CFL games than I am at picking NFL games. And I take some comfort in that.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:08 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

first out of the inning

That throw from the prone position, all arm, was pretty bad ass.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:31 PM on July 18

Peter Karmanos close to selling Hurricanes for $500 million

That glum and unanointed bend in the Connecticut River

As someone who spent the first decade of his life there, I want you to know that I take absolutely no exception to that comment.

I still see the occasional set of flukes on a Whaler t-shirt at various events around Boston

I ran into a guy at the BottleRock Music Festival in Napa, California a couple of years back sporting the Kelly green and blue. Cost me $10 because I had to buy him a drink for flying the flag.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:48 AM on July 14

Peter Karmanos close to selling Hurricanes for $500 million

This brokenhearted Whalers fan (i) would applaud Karmanos no longer having anything to do with the team; (ii) stopped caring about the sale when I read that the team would remain in North Carolina. Sorry NoMich, but the Whale should be playing at the mall, and the dulcet tones of Brass Bonanza should be crooning the insurance industry yuppies and Colt gun executives once again.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:32 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

They've beaten the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Phillies, Cardinals, Braves, Padres, Mets, and Pirates.

Whaddya got against the Reds?

posted by tahoemoj at 06:49 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This ESPN headline is just terrible.

I like it. I think from now on, everything in baseball should be named according to how it relates to the Yankees. For instance, the Red Sox, simply enough, could just be the Boston "Archrivals of the Yankees" (you could even delete the "Boston"). The Jays, O's, and Rays can be the "Other Teams in the Yankees Division".

My beloved Cincinnati Reds could be the Cincinnati "Team that Beat the Yankees in the World Series in 1976", but it seems counterintuitive to speak of a relationship to the Yankees that isn't Yankee-favorable. Therefore, they can be the Cincinnati "Team that Lost to the Yankees in 1939 World Series". Likewise with the other NL teams that lost to the Yankees in the Series.

Hell, as a Reds fan, I can be referred to as a "Fan of the Team that is not the Yankees from 636 Miles West of the Bronx."

posted by tahoemoj at 05:39 PM on July 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Toronto by 10

Calgary by 13

Ottawa by 8

B.C. by 12

posted by tahoemoj at 03:39 PM on July 12

Edmonton Oilers sign Connor McDavid to eight-year contract worth $12.5-million a year

Both Oilers have a long way to go to match what Crosby and Toews bring at both ends of the rink.

I disagree with that (and so does ESPN, as it turns out), both in term of on-ice performance and general locker room leadership. McDavid is 20 years old, Draisaitl is 21. They scored 177 points between them last season, more than either of the other duos I mentioned in my previous post. They were a combined +34 (granted, McDavid did the heavy lifting at +27). McDavid is the team captain and MVP, and by all accounts has nothing but the respect of his teammates and coaches. I think the duo is already on a par with Kane/Toews, and rapidly approaching Crosby/Malkin. But maybe they have to prove it over another season or two.

the Blackhawks organization, Penguins to a lesser extent, have done an incredible job of filling the roster with quality pieces around the core.

Agreed there, and with your assessment of the Oilers organization over the past decade. And you're right to be skeptical that the Oilers management can consistently provide McDavid/Draisaitl with a supporting cast capable of playoff success. I was by no means predicting an Oilers dynasty built around those two, but the potential is certainly there if they lock them up long-term.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:25 PM on July 07

Edmonton Oilers sign Connor McDavid to eight-year contract worth $12.5-million a year

After watching almost every Edmonton game this past playoffs, I'm convinced that he is worth every penny. I knew that he was a hell of a player, but didn't realize just how damn good he really is until watching that display. Assuming they re-sign Dreiseitl, they will have a hell of a lot of cap space tied up in two players, but I see those two as being the next Crosby-Malkin or Kane-Toews.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:39 PM on July 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Montreal by 4

Winnipeg by 8

Ottawa by 13

Saskatchewan by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 12:20 PM on July 05

University Rochester football player kidnapped and tortured for 40 hours

Jebus, what a terrible story. I can only imagine the psychological scarring that those two young men are going to have to live with after that ordeal. The depths of depravity to which some people will go will never cease to amaze me (even though nothing really should be shocking anymore). How could you willingly torture someone [ all, but especially] who you know had nothing to do with the incident for which you are supposedly exacting revenge?! That's just sadism plain and simple. Fuck.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:37 PM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Calgary by 10

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 13

Winnipeg by 2

posted by tahoemoj at 06:12 PM on June 27

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

DJE--I think you've got the 2016 Montreal preview linked there. No matter, it won't change my performance.

Montreal by 8

Ottawa by 10

B.C by 4

Hamilton by 7

On edit after reading all of the previews--is it only 2016 in Canada? Is that a metric system thing?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:17 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Well, dammit. Busy weekend, and no thought of turning on the 'ol interwebz machine.

Go Preds!!

posted by tahoemoj at 04:30 PM on May 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Pittsburgh in 5


Crosby +1

posted by tahoemoj at 03:45 PM on May 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Anaheim in 7
Gibson +1

More to come...

posted by tahoemoj at 07:04 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

..adding, "I'm tremendously proud of the President for ringing the post of congressional deadlock, ensuring that House leaders fouled off the all-important 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded, resulting in a let for repeated first serve."

posted by tahoemoj at 04:32 PM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I like the idea of banning people from the stadium, but that's going to make the security theatre at stadiums take twice as long as they have to do face recognition on everyone that enters.

I think the way that would work is this: A person is ejected for shouting racial slurs, that person is ejected and banned from future events. There is no need for facial recognition or increased security. Just keep a database of everyone ejected for racial slurs. At future games, anyone who is ejected for shouting racial slurs will have their information run against the database of 86'd fans--if they have already been ejected once and told not to return, they are trespassing and can be arrested and charged with that crime. If they come back, they get arrested again, and become repeat offenders.

Do we have a Constitutional WATER lawyer in the house?

Sure. As far as the 1st Amendment implications, the ballpark can set up a "free speech zone" immediately inside an entrance. Time and place restrictions have consistently been upheld by the courts, and by providing a place to practice free speech, the ballpark has not placed an unreasonable prior restraint on speech. In that zone, those who wish to practice free speech can scream racist buffoonery at the top of their lungs, well out of earshot of any player, and fellow patrons can avoid them. If unacceptable speech - as clearly defined on the ticket (the license allowing admission into the stadium) - is practiced outside of the free speech zone, then see above.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:42 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I gotta go ice my shoulder now.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:33 PM on May 01

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air personalities

I see they've clipped the majority of their NHL analysis. I, for one, was shocked to hear that they had NHL analysts. You talk about a cushy job. Sit on your ass 51 weeks a year, come out to discuss (1) the latest outrage involving violence (2 days work), and (2) the winner of the Stanley Cup (30 seconds on SportCenter the evening of the clincher).

posted by tahoemoj at 02:17 PM on April 26

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Nashville in 6 - Arvidsson +2

Anaheim in 5 - Perry +1

Ottawa in 6 - Turris +2

Washington in 7 - Ovechkin

posted by tahoemoj at 12:54 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Fair enough. If you don't enjoy it, you don't enjoy it, and last time I checked, nobody had appointed me the SpoFi arbiter of taste.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:43 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The hits and the fights in hockey make the sport too much like boxing or MMA on ice, and just turn me off.

While I certainly respect your right to hold whatever opinion you choose on hockey, I think that this particular statement indicates that you watch only selected highlights, if you watch it at all. This statement, to me, is the functional equivalent of the casual American sports fan who never watches a soccer game, and comes out of the woodwork every four years to complain about diving at the World Cup. The flow, grace, and beauty of the play, as well as the incredible skill and speed of the players, is ignored, and the focus is only on the violence. it's a tough game, to be sure, played by tough athletes, but incredibly violent (but legal) hits like the one at issue here are extremely rare.

Why are the hits okay in NHL but not international play?

That hit would have been legal in international play.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:21 PM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That's a gorgeous, clean, textbook hit by Keith. If Arvidsson has his head up, like they teach you from pee wees (or does checking start at bantam now?), he avoids it. I fail to see how anyone could find that objectionable. Billsaysthis, why do hits like that rub you the wrong way? Not saying your thoughts are invalid, just genuinely curious.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:54 PM on April 21

Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided

Thompson also said his office will file paperwork to have Hernandez's conviction voided once a death certificate is available, as required by court rules. He noted that Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III could challenge the motion to vacate the conviction.

No word in the story on whether Quinn would challenge the motion to vacate, or what the likelihood of any such challenge succeeding would be.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:56 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

feel free to post picks at the NHL.COM link.

I tried, but, like everything Bettman touches,'s a pile of garbage.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:56 AM on April 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Ottawa in 6 +2

Pittsburgh in 7 +1

San Jose in 7

Montreal in 5

Minnesota in 6

Washington in 5 +1

Anaheim in 6 +1

Chicago in 5

Goal Scorer: Pacioretty

posted by tahoemoj at 12:40 PM on April 12

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns

I usually flew into Las Vegas, stayed overnight, and drove the 200 miles to Tonopah the next day.

So you are one of the lucky few who has been to beautiful Goldfield, Nevada (pop. 268), or at least through it on US95. Nestled midway between Reno and Vegas (and just south of Tonopah), it is a forgotten mining town somewhere close to BFE. Actually a pretty amazing boomtown story from the gold rush.

It also happens to be the county seat of Esmeralda County, Nevada (pop. 829), and the location of the Fifth Judicial District Court by and for Esmeralda County, current venue for 5 (FIVE!!) active lawsuits in which I represent a mining outfit, either as plaintiff or defendant (or real party in interest). I listen to a hell of a lot of books on tape.

there are a lot of fans here in New England, and elsewhere, who would go to one of their team's games in Las Vegas rather than another city

Possibly, but most of us here do not believe that the football game would be the reason for the visit, so much as something else to do while a visitor is here anyway.

posted by tahoemoj at 06:29 PM on April 05

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns

I am a long time Nevadan of 23 years, albeit a northern Nevadan, which is a wholly different animal from a Las Vegan. That said, I don't know a single person who lives here in Nevada who is happy about the city of Las Vegas bringing in the Raiders. Why? Our money should be spent elsewhere.

Schools: It's not just Las Vegas schools that are crumbling and packing children into classrooms; it is a problem throughout the state. Washoe County, home of Reno, just approved a sales tax hike to 8.25% to try to find some source of additional funds for our schools, but even that won't be enough. Our state consistently ranks dead last in education* and shows no signs of relinquishing that dubious title.

*the rankings are somewhat skewed due to Nevada's overwhelmingly rural nature, and there are some fantastic schools in Reno and Vegas, but they are the exception rather than the norm.

Tourism: Vegas is already one of the tourism capitals of America. Does anybody in their right mind think that bringing the Raiders into town will appreciably increase the number of people who come to Vegas? Instead of spending that $500 at the football game, and lining Davis' pockets, that money could be pissed away at a casino, adding to high-paying full-time jobs in the service industry* rather than part-time gigs shilling Pepsi eight weeks a year. Also, casino revenues are what keeps Nevadans from having to pay state income taxes, so keep those losing streaks going!

*Seriously. Vegas is largely a union shop, and casino dealers, bartenders, and cocktail waitresses regularly make well over $100K

Also, the article patently contradicts itself. First, it states it's crony capitalism at its worst. Then, it states This is a Robin Hood in reverse system that amounts to nothing less than socialism for sports team owners. Is it capitalism or is it socialism? Is "Robin Hood" in reverse socialism? I would think that the reverse of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor--robbing from the poor to give to the rich--is capitalism. Either way, when the money comes from the workers and is transferred to those who hold the means of production, it is most definitely NOT socialism. Maybe the NR has been screaming socialism! at anything it finds objectionable for so long that it is just an uncontrollable knoee-jerk reaction.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:35 PM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It appears that the results of the March madness pool are cemented, with yours truly finishing as the bridesmaid. Which should give everyone comfort that, regardless of what happens tonight, the apocalypse is delayed at least one more day.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:51 PM on April 03

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

Detroit and Chicago have great sports fans and deserve 1 good team in each sport.

So you're saying that Detroit SHOULD get a second NFL team?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:47 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yeah, what cix said. All the talk about Crosby playing the game "the right way" is bullshit. In the past 10 days, he has speared an opponent in the groin and slashed an opponent's fingertip off.* The force necessary to do that kind of damage through a hockey glove is pretty severe. The dude swings his stick like a punk, I don't care how skilled he is (and he is incredibly skilled), the league has to crack down on that shit. Maybe 4 or 5 games without him would encourage the Pens to have a come-to-Jesus with their captain. Ovechkin also has consistently gotten away with winding up to full speed and leaving his feet to deliver a hit. If the league sat him down a bit, Washington might encourage an adjustment to Ovi's style.

*I lost a fingertip playing hockey in high school--my fingertip was sticking out of a hole in my glove, and, I was trying to tip a nasty slap shot from the point in. I did tip the puck (did not get the goal), off of my exposed finger. Popped like a grape and shattered the phalange. Good goddamn it hurt.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:24 PM on March 24

Chicago Fire Sign Bastian Schweinsteiger

Teutonic Terminator

Thanks for that (any redundancy aside)!

posted by tahoemoj at 11:46 AM on March 22

Chicago Fire Sign Bastian Schweinsteiger

I'm kind of a newbie when it comes to the footballing world. However, in watching the '14 World Cup, Schweinsteiger really jumped out at me as one to engage in theatrics. (This is not intended to be one of those 'hurr durr soccer pussies' posts). Was my perception accurate - is he known for the theatrical aspect of the game? or am I way off base and influenced by small sample/large stage bias? If I am correct, how is that going to go over with an MLS/Chicago crowd? Just curious.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:12 PM on March 21

Here’s Why the US Women’s National Hockey Team Is Going on Strike

Even if the hypothetical "entertainment gap" exists between the men's' and women's' game, it is completely irrelevant in this context. The place for that entertainment gap to be addressed is in the context of a professional league. If the men are that much more marketable, they will be paid that much more when they play as professionals because they put asses in the seats and sell jerseys. Here, we have amateur athletes representing their country in an international competition. They train just as hard as the men, and they sacrifice just as much time away from their lives and their families. Pay, in such a context, should be based on that sacrifice, and not whether the players are as marketable--in other words, EQUAL.

But I also agree with Howard that the woman's game is incredibly entertaining, and the absence of heavy contact just makes it different, not inferior.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:02 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Jebus. Almost 4 complete games?! Those guys must have been puddles.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:34 AM on March 13

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