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NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Chargers by 8

Skins by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 03:26 PM on November 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Minnesota by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 10:35 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I defy any of you graphic artists in attendance to come up with something better.

Any of these are better. #stillbitter

posted by tahoemoj at 12:45 PM on November 22

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Toronto by 6

Edmonton by 10



posted by tahoemoj at 12:36 PM on November 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Pittsburgh by 5

Jacksonville by 17 LOCK

Detroit by 12

Baltimore by 6

Miami by 3

L.A. Rams by 10

New Orleans by 13

Kansas City by 20 LOCK

Houston by 4

L.A. Chargers by 13 LOCK

Cincinnati by 3

New England by 13

Philadelphia by 10

Seattle by 3

posted by tahoemoj at 04:59 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

"Good morning, Cochran, Bailey, Tahoe, and Dershowitz, how may I direct your call?

I like where you're going with that. But in an effort to secure a life of luxury, and perhaps relationships with hip hop luminaries, for my children, I think I would rather partner up with the ghost of Robert Kardashian.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:29 PM on November 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thinking of establishing a Kickstarter fund...

Unfortunately, my limited--NV and CA--Bar admission means that I can only help Vontaze out when he is playing at the Las Vegas Raiders, Carson Rams and Chargers, and Santa Clara Niners. And my specialty practice area of water rights and environmental permitting mean that my legal advice would be questionable, at best, unless 'Tez retires and gets into farming or mining.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:18 PM on November 13

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Saskatchewan by 6

Winnipeg by 4



posted by tahoemoj at 05:14 PM on November 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Seattle by 13 LOCK

New Orleans BY 10 LOCK

Chicago by 3

Detroit by 17 LOCK

Tennessee by 9

Pittsburgh by 21 LOCK

N.Y. Jets by 6

Washington by 4

Jacksonville by 12

L.A. Rams by 18 LOCK

Dallas by 6

N.Y. Giants by 3

New England by 17 LOCK

Carolina by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 05:10 PM on November 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congratulations to Reever on the victory, and thanks again Dr. John for running the show!!

posted by tahoemoj at 03:36 PM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

AFC North: Browns, Bengals, Bills, Colts

But that eliminates the Bengals-Steelers rivalry!!

2000s--Steelers 15-6

2010s--Steelers 13-3

Why wasn't this change made years ago?!

posted by tahoemoj at 12:58 PM on November 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice today.

Not a Texans fan at all, but that sucks. Watson seems to be one hell of a stand-up guy, on top of being an exciting young quarterback who is extremely fun to watch. Heal fast and come back to the league soon, Deshaun.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:58 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Ummmm, yeah. Sorry Houston, but Indy by 3 and take the damn lock off! Watson was quickly becoming one of my favorite players in the league. Hope he can come back 100% next season.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:56 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Buffalo by 7

Tennessee by 3

New Orleans by 13 LOCK

L.A. Rams by 14 LOCK

Philadelphia by 8

Atlanta by 6

Jacksonville by 13

Houston by 17 LOCK

San Francisco by 3 (they gotta win one, right?)

Washington by 6

Kansas City by 4

Oakland by 10

Detroit by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 01:03 PM on November 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Well, if I'm going to make a move, I have to shirk the conventional wisdom.

Montreal by 3

Winnipeg by 6

Saskatchewan by 13

Toronto by 18

posted by tahoemoj at 11:57 AM on November 02

Astros Win World Series

What an entertaining Series--congrats to the Astros and their long suffering fan.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:53 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

And the Bengals office is no genius bar either

...agreed, BUT

This one's all on the Brownies. Seems to me that the Cincy front office landed a pretty good package for their backup QB, especially in that they have confidence in Driskell if anything happened to Dalton. They filed the paperwork in a timely manner, and only needed the team of rocket scientists up on the lake to fax it in 1 minute before they did.

P.S.--I think it speaks volumes about the Bengals belief in McCarron's abilities that they were willing to trade him to an in-state, in-division rival.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:22 PM on November 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Miami by 10

Minnesota by 23 LOCK

Oakland by 6

Cincinnati by 13 LOCK

L.A. Chargers by 3

New Orleans by 10 LOCK

Atlanta by 6

Philadelphia by 20 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 6

Seattle by 3

Dallas by 10

Detroit by 3

Kansas City by 9 LOCK

posted by tahoemoj at 05:56 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'll talk about last night's game! For the second year in a row, I'm happy to see both teams in the WS, and won't be unhappy regardless of outcome. With my Reds rebuilding, all I really hope for in the WS is no Cards, no Yanks, no Red Sox (not bashing those teams, I just like to see new blood). Pulling for the 'Stros, but the Dodgers are a fun young team, too. I really want good, exciting baseball, played with some passion (and maybe a game 7).

Last night's game was fun as hell, even if it went about a half hour past my bedtime! Even my baseball-hating wife got sucked in to the outcome. Great pitching through 6, home run-o-rama from thereon. Dudes having a ton of fun playing ball. Can't wait for game 3!

posted by tahoemoj at 01:06 PM on October 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Rose from the first two weeks' cellar to get a sniff at striking distance to the top--and then that debacle. Regression to the mean is a bitch.

Ottawa by 13

Saskatchewan by 17

Winnipeg by 12

Edmonton by 20

posted by tahoemoj at 01:00 PM on October 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Calgary by 16

Winnipeg by 8

BC by 4

Hamilton by 8

posted by tahoemoj at 06:16 PM on October 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

Glad I made the change on Monday to keep me out of the red, but HOLY CRAPSACKS, what carnage last week! I'm not sure what sort of gypsy witchcraft jjzucal is practicing, but I might like to sign on to the newsletter.

Kansas City by 17 LOCK

Buffalo by 20 LOCK

Carolina by 13 LOCK

Tennessee by 17 LOCK

I have learned nothing. Absolutely nothing.

New Orleans by 13

Jacksonville by 9

L.A. Rams by 3

Miami by 6

Minnesota by 10

Dallas by 14

N.Y. Giants by 2

Pittsburgh by 5

L.A. Chargers by 6

Atlanta by 3

Philadelphia by 4

posted by tahoemoj at 01:58 PM on October 18

Could a 32-Team MLB Scrap the Leagues?

Interesting stuff. I couldn't help but notice that Cincinnati was in the East division, while both New York teams and Boston are in the North, along with Cleveland. I understand wanting to maintain the traditional Bos.-NYY rivalry, so they have to remain in the same division, whether it is the East or the North BUT

Why not move both NYY and Bos. to the East to maintain their rivalry and keep them geographically closer to the other East teams? That would put Pittsburgh as the westernmost team in the East.

Then put Cincinnati in the North, along with Cleveland and the other Midwestern franchises, to foster an Ohio-centric rivalry?

posted by tahoemoj at 05:37 PM on October 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Yeah, I didn't know that Mariota was going to play. I want to change my pick, as well, to Tennessee by 13 LOCK.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:42 PM on October 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Carolina by 4

Atlanta by 13 LOCK

Green Bay by 6

Detroit by 10

New England by 13 LOCK

Washington by 9

Baltimore by 17 LOCK

Houston by 13

Tampa Bay by 7

Jacksonville by 6

Kansas City by 10

Oakland by 7

Denver by 12 LOCK

Indianapolis by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 06:59 PM on October 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Calgary by 24

Saskatchewan by 6

Winnipeg by 4

Edmonton by 13

posted by tahoemoj at 12:59 PM on October 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If it's a penalty, call it.

Devils fan here. That was a clear cross check, and done right in front of the ref, who clearly saw it. It impacted the play, as it was the puck carrier who got cross checked (not that it should matter, but often does). The "wave-off" was bizarre.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:56 PM on October 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition


Tampa Bay By 3

Buffalo by 10

N.Y. Jets by 13

Carolina by 3

San Francisco by 10

Tennessee by 7

L.A. Chargers by 8

Philadelphia by 10 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 7

Baltimore by 9 LOCK

L.A. Rams BY 3

Green Bay BY 7

Houston BY 3

Chicago BY 2

posted by tahoemoj at 12:44 PM on October 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

Tampa by 3. The rest TBD when the baby stops crying.

posted by tahoemoj at 07:49 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So...McDavid's pretty fast, eh?

Just insane. Not only his top speed, but how quickly he gets there. Just when you think he's maxed out, and is already blowing by defenders he kicks in just a bit more.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:05 PM on October 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Winnipeg by 13

Toronto by 4

Ottawa by 7

Edmonton by 17

posted by tahoemoj at 01:59 PM on October 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: I Won't Stand for That Edition

Green Bay by 10

New Orleans by 8

Atlanta by 6

Cincinnati by 10

Dallas by 3

Detroit by 12

New England by 6

Jacksonville by 10

Pittsburgh by 13

Tennessee by 6

Arizona by 8

Philadelphia by 10

Tampa Bay by 13

Oakland by 3

Seattle by 14

Kansas City by 7

posted by tahoemoj at 05:48 PM on September 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Ottawa by 9

Calgary by 17

Toronto by 8

Winnipeg by 10

posted by tahoemoj at 07:03 PM on September 27

NCAA Coaches, Adidas Executive Face Charges

I happened to be listening to one of the talking heads on ESPN radio today (Reno rock stations keep converting to pop) who had an interesting perspective. He compared this situation to Chip Kelly being nave enough to pay an Oregon recruit's handler with a personal check. Nobody in the Big 10 or the SEC was shocked by it, beyond the stupidity of the check, because they'd been paying recruits' handlers for years.

Here, the reason Adidas and the staffers involved in their schemes got caught was because they were lazy and sloppy with their kickbacks. The big boy shoe companies have been doing it smarter for years, and would never make the same mistakes that got the striped ones nabbed.

On edit, did you know that you can't include the word nave (NAIVE with two little dots over the I) on SpoFi? It changes to NAVE!

posted by tahoemoj at 06:57 PM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

if you're going to burn them, why not sell them and give the money to a veterans (or other good group) association?

Um...because patriotism, I guess? Sprinkled with cognitive dissonance?

posted by tahoemoj at 06:52 PM on September 27

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

The carnage of broken locks this week is breathtaking. I know I'm in the red.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:51 PM on September 25

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