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NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: NFC Least Edition

We are the NFC Least of SpoFi.

Baltimore by 18 LOCK
New England by 15 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 7 LOCK
Tennessee by 3
Kansas City by 5 LOCK
Miami by 3 LOCK
Philadelphia by 12 LOCK
Seattle by 4
Oakland by 13 LOCK
Arizona by 5
L.A. Chargers by 7
L.A. Rams by 3
San Francisco by 5 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 12 LOCK
New Orleans by 7 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 09:55 AM on December 12, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Color Analyst Tim Ryan Edition

Props to Howard on Methuselah and the Mammals' pick over my grounded Iggles.

Dallas by 5
Atlanta by 3
Buffalo by 2
Cleveland by 15 LOCK
Green Bay by 12 LOCK
Minnesota by 18 LOCK
San Francisco by 7 (UPSET SPECIAL)
Miami by 4 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 5
Houston by 9 LOCK
L.A. Chargers by 12 LOCK
Oakland by 10 LOCK
New England by 13 LOCK (pray for Mahomes)
Arizona by 3
Seattle by 7 LOCK
Philadelphia by 10 (Eli won't save the Giants)

posted by jjzucal at 10:08 AM on December 05, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Baltimore is Pretty Good Edition

Houston by 5
Atlanta by 10 LOCK
Buffalo by 11 LOCK
Chicago by 15 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 18 LOCK
Cleveland by 3
New Orleans by 6
Oakland by 9 LOCK
Seattle by 3 LOCK
Detroit by 12 LOCK
Jacksonville by 2
New England by 10 LOCK
San Francisco by 5 LOCK
L.A. Chargers by 3

posted by jjzucal at 11:24 AM on November 21, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oakland by 5

Detroit by 10

Baltimore by 12 LOCK

Buffalo by 14 (Cleveland, we hardly knew ye) LOCK

Kansas City by 19 LOCK

New Orleans by 7 LOCK

N.Y. Giants by 5 (I live in New Jersey; it's the Jersey Derby: who gives a &*%&?)

Tampa Bay by 11 LOCK

Indianapolis by 25 LOCK

Green Bay by 12 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 2

Minnesota by 8 (how does Jason Garrett keep his job? Does he have compromising photos of Jerry Jones?)

San Francisco by 5

posted by jjzucal at 10:23 AM on November 07, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Seeing Ghosts Edition

Minnesota by 19 LOCK
Seattle by 5
Philadelphia by 3
Chicago by 9 LOCK
Detroit by 13 LOCK
Tennessee by 7 LOCK
Indianapolis by 4 LOCK
L.A. Rams by 15 LOCK
New Orleans by 7 LOCK
Jacksonville by 17 LOCK
San Francisco by 2
New England by 20 LOCK
Houston by 13 LOCK
Kansas City by 3
Pittsburgh by 19 LOCK (This is the Monday night game? Pray for the viewers)

posted by jjzucal at 10:49 AM on October 24, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: 902 Passing Yards Edition

Fresh off a 29-point performance, we go for ... 25. We're becoming the Dolphins of SpoFi.

Arizona by 6 (TD at :00)

Buffalo by 3

Oakland by 5 (scoring the second TD in Spurs' stadium after Bayern)

Tampa Bay by 7

N.Y. Giants by 10

Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 6

New England by 19 LOCK

Carolina by 3

Atlanta by 5

L.A. Chargers by 11 LOCK

Dallas by 5

Kansas City by 14 LOCK

San Francisco by 3

posted by jjzucal at 08:13 PM on October 05, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

29 points ... made it almost an exercise in futility!

Green Bay by 5 (O/U on Eagle drops: 6) LOCK
Atlanta by 3
New England by 17 LOCK
Kansas City by 10 LOCK
Oakland by 3
L.A. Chargers by 13 LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 9
Baltimore by 10 (last season was a cruel tease for Browns' fans) LOCK
Houston by 2
L.A. Chargers by 7
Arizona by 3
Minnesota by 6
Denver by 3 (FG as time expires to crush Jax fans)
Dallas by 14
Pittsburgh by 5

posted by jjzucal at 09:06 AM on September 25, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition

Huh, I thought I posted an entry last week ...

Tennessee by 9 (LOCK)

Cincinnati by 5

Dallas by 30 (LOCK)

Green Bay by 2 (LOCK)

Atlanta by 10 (LOCK)

Kansas City by 3 (Total offense O/U: 1,050)

Minnesota by 4

New England by 34 (LOCK)

Philadelphia by 13 (LOCK)

Arizona by 6

Tampa Bay by 15 (LOCK)

L.A. Chargers by 5

San Francisco by 12 (LOCK)

Seattle by 5

L.A. Rams by 14 (LOCK)

Washington by 7

posted by jjzucal at 11:30 AM on September 19, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

I just found the email in the spam file ...

Chicago by 5

L.A. Rams by 10 (Lock)

Philadelphia by 13 (Drop Dead, Lead Pipe Lock)

J-E-T-S by 7 (Lock)

Minnesota by 3

Baltimore by 12 (Lock)

Jacksonville by 8

Cleveland by 10

Chargers by 4

Seattle by 11

Tampa Bay by 9

Cowgirls by 10 (Lock)

Arizona by 3

New England by 14 (Lock)

New Orleans by 13 (Lock)

Oakland by 5

posted by jjzucal at 09:51 AM on September 05, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Edmonton by 5

Saskatchewan by 14

Hamilton by 3

Toronto by 10

posted by jjzucal at 09:27 AM on August 22, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 5

Saskatchewan by 13

Edmonton by 15

Hamilton by 12

posted by jjzucal at 10:09 AM on August 08, 2019

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

Thanks ... Maplewood Town, indeed, was in the system.

posted by jjzucal at 10:06 AM on August 08, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Toronto has acquired injured QB Zach Collaros to replace injured QB James Franklin. I'm not entirely sure that's how it's supposed to work.

Uh, no ... that ain't how it's supposed to work.

Winnipeg by 26

Saskatchewan by 18

Ottawa by 5

Edmonton by 10

posted by jjzucal at 10:56 AM on August 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Ottawa by 5

Edmonton by 18 (if there is one blessing with ESPN/ESPN2 now not carrying many games, it's that I don't have the chance of stumbling upon my Argos)

Hamilton by 17

Saskatchewan by 7

posted by jjzucal at 11:19 AM on July 25, 2019

Aaron Boone Expresses Concern for Umpire's Day

I've gotten anger from basketball and baseball coaches, too -- but not abusive as Aaron Boone.

Sorry, a one-game suspension was a joke. Should have been at least three games ... when you put fingers in an official's face, you are attempting to embarrass him/her. Suspension was too lenient.

posted by jjzucal at 12:46 PM on July 20, 2019

"Missed call" lawsuit against NFL proceeds in Louisiana

As the article stated, the attorney believed he had little chance for victory in federal court, thus the $75,000 max lawsuit to keep it in Louisiana (where he'd likely get a very sympathetic judge or jury).

As for the various sports/leagues, if I have one objection to the CFL's review system, it's that penalties (mostly pass interference) can be assessed after review. I guess it's the same as assessing PK's after VAR, but my problem is that it's easy to spot faults at slow speed and from multiple angles.

Review has its place: in-bounds/out-of-bounds catches, offside plays in soccer. Let's not broaden it to the point where it becomes silly.

posted by jjzucal at 11:41 AM on July 20, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Calgary by 19

Winnipeg by 6

Montreal by 3

Saskatchewan by 13

I will not play a Draft Kings team this week, but it's just as well given last week's pitiful lineup.

posted by jjzucal at 09:38 AM on July 18, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Since I don't see "edit" on my screen (maybe it's the computer), my DraftKings Week 5 team:

Masoli (QB), Stanback (RB), Stafford, Ellingson (WR), Rhymes, Lankford (Flex), Calgary (Def/ST).

Week 4: no cash.

posted by jjzucal at 11:59 AM on July 11, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Edmonton by 10

Winnipeg by 16

Montreal by 4

Hamilton by 6

posted by jjzucal at 10:30 AM on July 11, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Sorry I'm late and missed the opener ...

Ottawa by 6

I wish the Argos would come out of their coma, but ...

B.C. by 20

Saskatchewan by 3

As an aside, my Draft Kings team: Davis (QB), Madu (RB), Banks, Whitehead (WR), Cunningham, Rhymes (Flex), Calgary (D/ST).

posted by jjzucal at 08:55 PM on July 04, 2019

Another Total Knick Move

Still plenty of room left in the Jersey Meadowlands.

Any day Little Jimmy Dolan gets royalty screwed is a good day. Add in Kyrie, and it's a better day.

Does this potentially make Brooklyn an Eastern Conference challenger in 2020-21?

posted by jjzucal at 10:54 AM on July 03, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 5

Montreal by 3

Calgary by 7

Saskatchewan by 10

posted by jjzucal at 08:55 AM on June 27, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 11

B.C. by 6

Toronto by 4

posted by jjzucal at 09:01 AM on June 20, 2019

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Saskatchewan by 6

Edmonton by 17

Calgary by 10

B.C. by 12

posted by jjzucal at 09:35 AM on June 12, 2019

Baseball equipments

I concur.

posted by jjzucal at 10:49 AM on May 07, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

I went to the link but, just in case:

Boston in 6
Dallas in 6
Islanders in 7
San Jose in 5

Most goals: Marchand
Goalie: Rask
Most goals (and 6 in game): Boston
Shutout: Dallas

Next Flyers' Stanley Cup: 2026

posted by jjzucal at 08:09 PM on April 25, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

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Stars in 6
Islanders in 7
Sharks in 5
Top goal scorer: Marchand
Top goalie (save %): Tuuka Rask
Team scoring 6: Bruins
Team with shutout: Stars

Boston in 6.

posted by jjzucal at 08:06 PM on April 25, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Stars in 6
Jets in 5
Flames in 5
Golden Knights in 4
Lightning in 6
Maple Leafs in 7
Capitals in 6
Islanders in 7
Top goal scorer: Gaudreau
Top goalie (save %): Marc-Andre Fleury
Team scoring 6: Lightning
Team with shutout: Blues

Someone has to show the Maple Leaves some love!

posted by jjzucal at 10:12 AM on April 10, 2019

XFL May Have 44 Players on Field During Overtime

Do we tell Oliver Luck most knockout soccer matches have penalty kicks after 30 minutes of overtime?

I thought Vince McMahon told us the XFL would be "football" ... here comes the gimmicks.

posted by jjzucal at 10:08 AM on April 10, 2019

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

Everyone laughed at me when I started Joe Hart over Ederson (I expected Arsenal to score). I'll accept the Burnley clean sheet, thank you very much!

posted by jjzucal at 09:28 PM on August 14, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Last season: cruising with the front pack.
This season: trailing well behind the peloton.

Toronto by 5

Edmonton by 10

Montreal by 15

Calgary by 17

posted by jjzucal at 12:37 PM on August 02, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

There is no truth to the rumor that ESPN has offered a payment to the Alouettes in return for a Manziel start. And yet ...

Montreal by 9

Winnipeg by 12

Saskatchewan by 14

posted by jjzucal at 12:40 PM on July 26, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Surely I deserve bonus points for being the only one with guts to go with B.C.

Hamilton by 5
B.C. by 18
Toronto by 6
Calgary by 17

posted by jjzucal at 02:08 PM on July 19, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Now that I've spotted everyone a week's advantage, the comeback begins here?

Calgary by 15

Edmonton by 6

British Columbia by 13

posted by jjzucal at 04:16 PM on July 12, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Calgary by 18

Winnipeg by 10

Edmonton by 6

Saskatchewan by 22

Germany by ... never mind.

posted by jjzucal at 02:44 PM on June 28, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Saskatchewan by 15

Ottawa by 10

Edmonton by 6 (the "Johnny Football" Football Show will not be seen on ESPN this week)

Toronto by 5

posted by jjzucal at 02:39 PM on June 21, 2018

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Wait until Johnny learns how wonderful is Edmonton in October (BRRRR)!

Edmonton by 9

Saskatchewan by 12

Manziels by 6 (as per TSN/ESPN demand to league office)

British Columbia by 16

posted by jjzucal at 12:16 PM on June 14, 2018

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

Tim Legler is dead to me. The Sixers would do well to stay away from LeBron. My fear is that LeBron not only would harm the play of Ben Simmons, but also Joel Embiid. Wherever he goes, LeBron will demand to be "The Man" ... the Sixers have a nice set up with Simmons and Embiid heading a club with a good group of veteran role players. I believe LeBron would destroy that.

posted by jjzucal at 01:29 PM on June 11, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

There aren't any managers left who are synonymous with a club.

Among the top four tiers, only one manager - Paul Tisdale at League 2 Exeter - remains of managers who took over their club in the 2000's. The longest tenured Premier League managers will be Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) and Sean Dyche (Burnley), who became their clubs' managers 18 days apart in October 2011.

posted by jjzucal at 09:32 PM on April 21, 2018

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

With all the talk (distraction?) last season - will he or won't he sign a new contract? - I think this has become Exhibit A for someone staying one season too long.

It's being considered a resignation, not a retirement, but where would Arsene go? I couldn't see him staying in the Premier League: he's now likely "damaged goods" to the large clubs; the others couldn't/wouldn't pay him the salary he would demand. Maybe one of the large French clubs (his home nation)?

posted by jjzucal at 02:25 PM on April 20, 2018

MLB Execs Consider Wild 9th-Inning Batting Rule

This was a solution in search of a problem: the losing team had eight previous innings to NOT be the losing team but could get a "Get Out of Jail Free" card by selecting their starting hitters?

As for the quote, to cite "star" players in other sports is a flawed argument. Basketball, hockey and football have free substitution, so players could go to the bench for rest and return; thus, the "stars" often are in at game's end. Soccer doesn't have free substitution, so the "stars" must be physically able to go 90/120 minutes or potentially find themselves sidelined.

One beauty of baseball is "strategy" -- pinch-hitters, defensive replacements and relief pitchers are part of late-inning strategy. Here's the GOJF card: I pull my 25-HR, .300 hitting 3B in the 7th for defensive purposes, but I get to bring him back to hit in the 9th. If my new 3B hits just .240 (but is a vacuum with great range), I could skip him in the order, let my first 3B hit, then bring the defensive 3B back if the 10th inning is needed. No strategy there!

posted by jjzucal at 03:19 PM on February 23, 2018

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

I'd love to see the period between innings trimmed to 1:30, but it means fewer commercials: less money that comes to the clubs. I really have a problem with the visits, especially since it includes players that "do not require either to vacate their position": an infield/pitcher meeting often is one to discuss strategy on defense or how to pitch to a batter; will infielders now have to yell strategy to the pitcher?

Why do I have a feeling much of this will be forgotten by the All-Star break? Sort of like defining the strike zone, then the strike zone returns to whatever umpires call.

posted by jjzucal at 09:37 PM on February 20, 2018

Vince McMahon plans to resurrect XFL

I was thinking about him: players must stand for National Anthem, no players with criminal backgrounds. It seems Vince is looking to attract the "Boycott NFL" folks but I believe he'll learn something quickly: that group is small (relative to all NFL fans) and will get smaller as more objectors return to watching the NFL by the end of 2019.

posted by jjzucal at 10:22 AM on January 27, 2018

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

If only I remembered to post for two weeks ...

Many congrats, Tron; thanks, rcade ... now I'll sit for four months of SportFi Premier League fantasy "garbage time."

posted by jjzucal at 10:03 AM on January 05, 2018

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Gene Steratore's Index Card Edition

There's a bug that has jjzucal out of sort in the standings.

The "bug" was my brain going into massive lock mode. Didn't realize until Monday night I forgot to make my picks.

Baltimore by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 12 LOCK

Chicago by 14 LOCK

Cincinnati by 5 LOCK

L.A. Rams by 6

Kansas City by 7 LOCK

New England by 23 LOCK

Atlanta by 3 LOCK

N.Y. Jets by 3

Washington by 10 LOCK

Carolina by 13 LOCK

San Francisco by 6 LOCK

Seattle by 5

Arizona by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 18 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 15 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 10:07 AM on December 23, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition

Well, isn't this embarrassing! I just realized, as I saw the Patriots escape from Pittsburgh, that I missed these. Guess who won't be third any more!

posted by jjzucal at 07:26 PM on December 17, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Get Better Ryan Shazier Edition

Who raised that damn hurdle over which I tripped? ... I must have lost quadruple points for blowing two chances at an Eagles' NFC East championship.

Atlanta by 5

Buffalo by 14 LOCK

Cincinnati by 10 LOCK

Green Bay by 13 LOCK

Oakland by 7 (without penalties to extend the game)

Dallas by 20 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 9 LOCK

Minnesota by 5

San Francisco by 10

Denver by 3

Arizona by 6

L.A. Chargers by 7

Philadelphia by 16 LOCK

Seattle by 13 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK

New England by 21 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 07:45 PM on December 07, 2017

Supreme Court to hear N.J. sports betting arguments Monday

According to many media outlets, it appears the justices may be inclined to overturn the federal ban.

posted by jjzucal at 05:17 PM on December 04, 2017

Supreme Court to hear N.J. sports betting arguments Monday

I was among those who voted against the referendum, not because of the betting, but because of the limitations on where bets could be placed. While betting parlors/offices and online betting are standard in many countries, New Jersey would limit betting sites to the racetracks and casinos, presumably to attract business to each.

Here's more background on the law and history.

posted by jjzucal at 04:42 PM on December 03, 2017

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

I was out all day and got in just in time to see Shania Twain perform in a snowstorm ... which, I presume, she's never done.

Watching the blockers running with Cassius Vaughn's 109-yard fumble return, I had one thought: "Get out of the way!" Thankfully, one went for a block, the others gave room, and my frown turned to a smile. You know the rest of the story.

The Eagles went to 10-1 and the Argos won the Grey Cup. All in all, it was a terrific day!

posted by jjzucal at 07:26 PM on December 01, 2017

Are You Ready for Some Football?

A) The draw was conducted inside the State Kremlin Palace. B) Russia was the first ball selected. C) Russia received a fairly easy Group A. I'll go full-blown conspiracy theorist: did Putin play with the balls before the draw?

In Group B, who was the last team Portugal would have wanted to face? Diego Maradona now may be more hated in Portugal than in England.

Group G: England is England ... you could group England with Basingstoke, a SportFi club and 23 random players and they'd still figure a way to screw up.

posted by jjzucal at 03:53 PM on December 01, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: With the First Pick the Giants Take Edition

Washington by 13 LOCK (E-A-G-L-E-S win NFC EAST!)

Minnesota by 3 (Case Keenum: NFL's Some Guy Not Named Carson Wentz Offensive Player of the Month for November)

New England by 20 LOCK

Chicago by 15 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 6

Houston by 5

Miami by 7

Kansas City by 13 LOCK

Jacksonville by 17 LOCK

Baltimore by 11 LOCK

L.A. Chargers by 23 LOCK

Oakland by 20 LOCK (Say a prayer for Geno Smith)

New Orleans by 10 LOCK (Play the OVER)

L.A. Rams by 7

Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 6 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 08:21 PM on November 30, 2017

New York Giants bench Eli Manning, start Geno Smith

Mike Francesa is a few weeks from ending his career at WFAN-AM, but not before he issues a classic rant in McAdoo's direction.

posted by jjzucal at 07:12 PM on November 28, 2017

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Toronto by 10

S.J. Green

Over

623

posted by jjzucal at 11:52 AM on November 24, 2017

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Minnesota by 13 LOCK

Dallas by 5

Washington by 17 LOCK

Atlanta by 10

Cincinnati by 20 LOCK

Tennessee by 9 LOCK

Kansas City by 15 LOCK

New England by 23 LOCK

Carolina by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 21 LOCK

Seattle by 7 LOCK

Oakland by 3

New Orleans by 8

Arizona by 3

Pittsburgh by 19 LOCK

Baltimore by 14 LOCK

posted by jjzucal at 10:36 PM on November 22, 2017

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

I went back to our predictions: five poor souls took Buffalo. They have our condolences.

posted by jjzucal at 07:33 PM on November 21, 2017

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

I'm no fan of Rowdy, whose proportions are weird and face kind of terrifying. But I can't call him the worst in a world where Boltman exists.

I stand corrected ... there's Sammy the Shrimp at Southend United.

posted by jjzucal at 11:46 AM on November 21, 2017

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Opening of Bills' post-game article: "It was a bold decision by head coach Sean McDermott to start rookie Nate Peterman ..."

Erm, yeah.

Peterman to Bills' receivers - 6 completions, 66 yards. Peterman to Chargers' "receivers" - 5 completions, 84 yards, 1 TD.

posted by jjzucal at 10:28 AM on November 20, 2017

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

Five Reasons to Hate the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday:
1) Jerry Jones
2) "America's Team"
3) That damn midfield star
4) League's dumbest mascot
5) Drew Pearson's NFL Draft speech
(Yes, I have been trolling Cowgirls' fans on Twitter)
(Yes, I am praying that doesn't blow up in my face)

Cleveland by 2 (Jags step into gopher hole)
Chicago by 9
Baltimore by 7
Tampa Bay by 10
L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK
New Orleans by 15 LOCK
Kansas City by 16 LOCK
Arizona by 6
L.A. Chargers by 10
Cincinnati by 20 LOCK
New England by 9 LOCK
Philadelphia by 24 LOCK
Atlanta by 6

posted by jjzucal at 08:24 PM on November 18, 2017

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 13

Calgary by 15

Never diminish Glenn Magic

Saskatchewan

posted by jjzucal at 10:21 PM on November 17, 2017