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United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

What a disaster. Now the finger-pointing begins I guess (primarily at Klinsmann and his "creative" team selection I suppose, but Arena bears some responsibility as well). No excuse to not qualify out of this confederation, particularly in playing a game against a squad with nothing to play for -- but this qualification was lost in the early phases of the Hex.

posted by holden at 11:11 PM on October 10

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Patriots by 11.

posted by holden at 07:29 PM on September 07

Jaguars Demote Blake Bortles in Preseason

It would have been better if one or both of those garbage cans was on fire, but guess that would be difficult in a hurricane/torrential downpour.

posted by holden at 06:42 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Jinxed it, Tommy.

Well, lots of Jays fans in the neighborhood this weekend with Toronto at Cubs. Probably a good quarter of the people we saw in baseball gear, so way to represent, Canadians. My boys did a lemonade stand yesterday out front of our house before and after the game and charged the Jays fans half price, as we (as Cardinals fans) have a common interest with them and plus many had traveled from Canada. (More than made up for the reduced pricing in tips/"keep the change."). Thought today was the one the Jays would get, but not meant to be.

Oh and my boys netted $100. Not a bad day at the office when you're 11, 9, 6, and 2. Buys a lot of bubblegum, but seems they're saving up and the suspect it's for something more sinister.

posted by holden at 08:47 PM on August 20

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring

It's "Go Cubs Go" that grates. Even if I were a Cubs fan and not a Cardinals fan, I would hate that song.

posted by holden at 09:12 PM on August 02

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring

If Steve Goodman were still alive, they would have to consider giving him one.

That Cubs song is truly horrible.

We moved a couple of weeks ago to a house 4 or 5 blocks from Wrigley. Far enough away to largely avoid the drunk bros. But close enough that the other day when I was outside grilling, I could hear the cheer of the crowd for a home run (pretty cool) but also the fans in the stadium singing that infernal song at the conclusion of the game (awful).

The way the Cubs have been trending, could make for a pretty long summer into early fall.

posted by holden at 06:12 PM on August 02

Wayne Rooney Signs Two-Year Deal with Everton

I assume Leicester's turnover is in large part due to payouts resulting from their winning the League last year. I suspect Everton would be a larger earning club if you look over for the past 5-10 years and likely future earning potential.

posted by holden at 11:50 PM on July 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I know it's said so much as to be trite, but greatest trophy in sports and greatest trophy-related traditions.

posted by holden at 08:36 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Having waded (as a passive, as opposed to active, participant) into the comments threads in a couple of articles about ESPN's layoffs and declining viewership, it appears that a vocal segment of right-leaning people think ESPN is very liberal and believe that right-of-center-types are abandoning ESPN in droves.

(As far as I can tell, the basis for this complaint has to do with there being a "black" SportsCenter, plus The Undefeated, plus firing Schilling, plus Michael Sam, and generally bending over backwards for, or "hitting us over the head" with, multiculturalism and moral relativism or somesuch.)

So I do wonder whether this re-engagement of Bocephus is a conscious or subconscious attempt to "balance" the ledger, so to speak.

posted by holden at 02:44 PM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Geoff Cameron has had a decent run at Stoke (mid-table to lower-mid-table Premier League team during his time there) as an MLS transfer. Seems to be on the down slope of his career, though, and only appeared in about half of their matches this past season.

As evident from billsaysthis's list, goalkeepers tend to "translate" better than outfield players. Perhaps a better indicator of the level of play in MLS is the "washed up" EPL players who have managed to be reasonably top-tier MLS players (e.g., Robbie Keane, Didier Drogba).

posted by holden at 04:11 PM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As much fun as that quote is, he apparently said "punch," not "punt."

posted by holden at 08:59 PM on May 04

NFL team owners approve Raiders' move to Vegas

I've wondered whether the fact that Sunday is often "getaway day" for Vegas visitors will affect their ability to draw a big out-of-town crowd. Certainly fans of visiting teams will come and stay though Monday (or catch a Sunday night redeye) to catch a game, but not sure about the causal visitor coming Thursday/Friday through Sunday for a bachelor party or whatever.

posted by holden at 10:58 PM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I took my three oldest boys to a Spurs game last spring when we were in the Hill Country for a vacation. Of course Pop decided to give Kawhi, Tony Parker and Duncan the night off (none were injured). My kids are still young enough (oldest was 10 at the time) that they enjoyed watching Aldridge and Manu stick it to a Memphis team whose best player on the night was Vince Carter (missing Conley and Randolph due to injuries), but I could easily see some major disappointment in similar circumstances in the future.

If the NBA really wants to cut back on this practice of healthy scratches of core players, the league should think about shortening the season, reducing/eliminating back-to-backs and 5-games-in-7-days-type situations, etc.

posted by holden at 05:28 PM on March 19

The Table Never Lies

I like their approach and would love to see them get into the PL.

posted by holden at 09:41 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well, I ordered a couple of King Cakes for my soon-to-be 9-year old's birthday this weekend, so hope the egress is relatively unaffected.

posted by holden at 11:45 PM on February 21

Mike Ilitch, owner of the Tigers and Red Wings, passes away at 87.

It's a shame the Tigers didn't win a World Series during his tenure as owner. Seems like that was the one he really wanted (not that the Stanley Cups weren't great, I'm sure).

posted by holden at 08:03 AM on February 13

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

Wow what a game. No dog in this fight, but man NFL OT rules suck.

posted by holden at 11:08 PM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

Atlanta by 7 LOCK

First FG: Matt Bryant

First TD: Devonta Freeman

Most Passing: Matt Ryan

Most Rushing: LeGarette Blount

Most Receiving: Julian Edelman

Sack: Vic Beasley

Interception: Jalen Collins

Turnover: Tom Brady

MVP: Matt Ryan

Winner: beaverboard will have the most points after tallying up the all points but those from this prop, at which point the points I win from picking beaverboard here will propel me to victory

56

posted by holden at 05:34 PM on February 03

Frank Lampard Retires from Soccer

The "145 will shock you" is pure comedy gold.

posted by holden at 10:40 PM on February 02

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Malcolm Butler

posted by holden at 11:36 PM on January 21

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Atlanta by 8
New England by 3

Matt Ryan
Le'veon Bell
Julio Jones

posted by holden at 11:35 PM on January 21

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Atlanta by 7
New England by 20 (LOCK)
Kansas City by 3
Green Bay by 3

Roethlisberger
Bell
Antonio Brown
Cliff Avril

posted by holden at 12:53 AM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Oakland by 3
Seattle by 13
Pittsburgh by 7
Green Bay by 4

1. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Le'veon Bell
3. Antonio Brown
4. Quentin Demps

posted by holden at 05:40 PM on January 06

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

Baltimore by 7
New York Jets by 3
Tampa Bay by 10
Minnesota by 8
Pittsburgh by 20 LOCK
Dallas by 6
Green Bay by 9
Houston by 7 LOCK
Indianapolis by 18 LOCK
New England by 7
New Orleans by 6
Washington by 7
Arizona by 13
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Denver by 8
Seattle by 20 LOCK

posted by holden at 09:06 AM on December 30

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

Carolina by 6
Buffalo by 3
Green Bay by 14 LOCK
New England by 20 LOCK
San Diego by 6
New Orleans by 8
Tennessee by 7 LOCK
Chicago by 10
Oakland by 12
Seattle by 14
Los Angeles by 3
Cincinnati by 8
Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
Kansas City by 7
Detroit by 4

posted by holden at 12:24 PM on December 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

Giants by 7

rcade - unless the NFL came back and retroactively changed the outcome, the Saints beat the Cardinals 48-41 (you have it 48-41 the other way).

Tommy, Ufez and I will gain points, but everyone else picked Arizona.

posted by holden at 06:12 PM on December 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Buffalo by 13
New York Giants by 10
Green Bay By 13
Minnesota by 7
Houston by 6 LOCK
Baltimore by 7
Dallas by 9
Kansas City by 10 LOCK
New Orleans by 3
Atlanta by 17 LOCK
New England by 7
Oakland by 6
Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK
Washington by 7

posted by holden at 01:52 PM on December 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Miami by 6

posted by holden at 03:51 PM on December 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Seattle by 14 LOCK

posted by holden at 08:23 PM on December 15

Los Angeles Rams Fire Jeff Fisher

Well, his statement that he wasn't going to go f$#!ng 7-9 again did come to pass.

posted by holden at 07:01 PM on December 12

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

Arizona by 7
Detroit by 13 LOCK
Cincinnati by 14 LOCK
Denver by 4 LOCK
Indianapolis by 10 LOCK
Minnesota by 6 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
Pittsburgh by 8 LOCK
Carolina by 7
Washington by 7
New York Jets by 6
Atlanta by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 6
Dallas by 6
New England by 7

posted by holden at 11:55 PM on December 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Dallas by 8
Denver by 7
New Orleans by 13 LOCK
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Kansas City by 6
New England by 17 LOCK
Baltimore by 3
Philadelphia By 7
Chicago by 8
Oakland by 9
Pittsburgh by 10
San Diego by 6
Washington by 7
Seattle by 6
Indianapolis by 3

posted by holden at 10:58 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

owlie - is that: (1) a reference to the red card/touchline ban, (2) a statement of desire/aspiration, or (3) an inside-info statement about the firing of Mourinho (as I've not seen anything in the press to suggest he's been sacked)?

posted by holden at 10:45 PM on November 27

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

As an LSU fan, I'm pretty happy with the Tigers going with Orgeron, particularly if he can get a top-shelf offensive coordinator in place (and LSU should have decent money to spend on assistants considering that Oregeron's $3MM per year is well below what they would have paid Herman or another in-demand coach). I think college football is better when there is a little bit of crazy down in Baton Rouge. And it's not like anyone is going to have sustained success at the top of the SEC West as long as Saban is at Alabama, so might as well roll the dice and have some fun.

posted by holden at 02:23 PM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Atlanta 7
Baltimore 6
Buffalo 10
New Orleans 17
New York Giants 13
San Diego 7
Miami 10
Chicago 3
Seattle 10
Oakland 7
Denver 4
New England 13
Philadelphia 7

posted by holden at 01:34 PM on November 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Detroit by 7
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 10

posted by holden at 11:52 AM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

New Orleans by 7
Arizona by 3
Dallas by 7
Cincinnati by 6
New York Giants by 13 LOCK
Detroit by 10
Pittsburgh by 21 LOCK
Kansas City by 14
Indianapolis by 6
Miami by 3
New England by 15 LOCK
Seattle by 8 LOCK
Washington by 6
Oakland by 12 LOCK

posted by holden at 02:52 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I read somewhere that it was listed in the official game report as a "defensive two-point conversion."

posted by holden at 07:08 PM on November 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Ravens by 7
Philadelphia by 4
Tampa Bay by 6
New Orleans by 3
Green Bay by 8
Houston by 3
Carolina by 7
New York Jets by 3
Washington by 6
San Diego by 10
Dallas by 6
Arizona by 8
New England by 3
Cincinnati by 7

posted by holden at 02:18 PM on November 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition

Atlanta by 7
Dallas by 10
Minnesota by 6
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Miami by 7
New York Giants by 7
Pittsburgh by 3
Carolina by 14
New Orleans by 8
Green Bay by 10
San Diego by 10
Denver by 3
Seattle by 12 LOCK

posted by holden at 03:22 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Wow - getting really close to Costanza territory, and this without even having missed a week (although missed a few Thursday nighters).

Tennessee by 7
Cincinnati by 7
Carolina by 3
Detroit by 6
Kansas City by 10 LOCK
New England by 14 LOCK
New York Jets by 7
Oakland by 6
Seattle by 10
Denver by 3
Atlanta by 7
Dallas by 7
Minnesota by 10 LOCK

posted by holden at 02:12 PM on October 26

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

Giants 10
Jets 7
Miami 3
Cincinnati 14
Tennessee 7
Minnesota 8
New Orleans 3
Jacksonville 6
Washington 9
Atlanta 17
Tampa Bay 7
New England 14
Arizona 7
Denver 13

posted by holden at 09:59 AM on October 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 7 LOCK

posted by holden at 08:02 PM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition

Indy by 7
Minnesota by 10 LOCK
New England by 13 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
Philadelphia by 3
Miami by 7
Baltimore by 7
Denver by 3
Buffalo by 4
Cincinnati by 10
Oakland by 13
Green Bay by 7
Carolina by 3

posted by holden at 10:40 AM on October 09

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Throw the Ball Jameis Edition

Indianapolis by 10
New England by 13 LOCK
Carolina by 7
Washington by 10 LOCK
Detroit by 3
Oakland by 6
New York Jets by 7
Houston by 3
Denver by 12
San Francisco by 3
Arizona by 17 LOCK
San Diego by 7
Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK
New York Giants by 8

posted by holden at 09:46 AM on October 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Appears West Brom is missing as well.

posted by holden at 11:20 PM on October 01

CFL player Mylan Hicks (age 23) killed in night club shooting.

What a horrible day.

posted by holden at 12:55 AM on September 28

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

Don't know how I missed this until just now. Horrible. Seemed like a very joyful guy.

posted by holden at 09:51 PM on September 25

Les Miles out at LSU

Ole Eddie O. is apparently the widowmaker -- he was interim at USC as well after Kiffin was fired.

Scratching my head a bit about why this didn't happen at the end of last season -- seems a win against a crappy A&M squad saved his job, but everyone knew what they had with Miles. Great recruiter, generally seems to be a nice guy (my parents have met him a few times through booster events and at church), but really a pretty poor game day coach.

posted by holden at 08:03 PM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Arizona by 10
Oakland by 3
Miami by 14 LOCK
Jacksonville by 7
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Cincinnati by 6
Carolina by 8
New York Giants by 7
Tampa Bay by 10
Seattle by 3
Kansas City by 6
Indianapolis by 7
Pittsburgh by 7
Dallas by 7
New Orleans by 14 LOCK

posted by holden at 09:59 AM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

New England 6

posted by holden at 08:12 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

New York Jets by 4
Baltimore by 7
Cincinnati by 3
Washington by 7
Kansas City by 7
New England by 10 LOCK
New York Giants by 13
Carolina by 14 LOCK
Detroit by 10
Seattle by 20
Arizona by 10
Oakland by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Jacksonville by 4
Green Bay by 10
Chicago by 7

posted by holden at 05:39 PM on September 15

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Carolina by 6
Atlanta by 3
Minnesota by 7
Philadelphia by 4
Cincinnati by 4
New Orleans by 7
Kansas City by 7
Baltimore by 4
Chicago by 3
Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Seattle by 13 LOCK
New York Giants by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Arizona by 8
Pittsburgh by 3
Los Angeles by 6

posted by holden at 11:47 AM on September 08

Tha Art of Coarse Cricket

Reading both the article and the comments section was like reading Icelandic sagas in Old Norse, but still cracked me up.

posted by holden at 11:33 PM on September 04

Raiders Stadium Backers To Las Vegas: Give Us $750 Million, Or Else

Sheldon Adelson's opposition to weed is pretty rich to me coming from a guy whose fortune is based on something probably more harmful to people on the whole.

posted by holden at 09:40 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Is anyone else smelling a Dak Attack?

posted by holden at 12:35 AM on August 28

Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies

Good article here by John Feinstein at The Washington Post.

I do not think there are many other ESPN personalities this type of thing could be written about, particularly lines such as "Saunders was the opposite of someone who thinks being on TV makes you really important."

posted by holden at 09:25 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Did State give him a full scullership?

If not, I'm sure he was at least angling for one.

posted by holden at 01:49 PM on August 09

A Q&A with Ichiro Suzuki

Love Ichiro. His common about his favorite American phrase to Bob Costas (dealing with Kansas City in August) is one of my all-time favorite athlete interview moments.

The Ringer had a good "what if" article about what if Ichiro had tried to hit more for power.

posted by holden at 09:24 PM on July 31

Sport and the Olympics: A Lament

Great read, thanks owlie.

posted by holden at 10:14 PM on July 20