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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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

billsaythis had an inauspicious total.

posted by holden at 08:55 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Howard - just got back to Chicago from a week in a part of coastal Rhode Island for which the nearest "big" city is Fall River, MA. Enjoyed some of the vestiges of the Portuguese influence there, although New Anglicized. I salute Portugal but still wanted France to win.

posted by holden at 11:46 PM on July 10

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2-1 Portugal

Goal(s): Giroud
Cards: Evra, W. Carvalho, Pepe

posted by holden at 05:29 PM on July 08

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Looks like I missed the first game.

France 3-2 (Giroud)

posted by holden at 08:15 AM on July 07

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Poland 2-1 Portugal (Lewandowski - has to happen sometime)
Wales 1-2 Belgium (De Bruyne - kind of looks like Friday Night Lights-era Jesse Plemons, no?)
Germany 2-1 Italy (Muller time)
France 2-0 Iceland (Ollie G.)

posted by holden at 11:31 PM on June 29

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Argentina 2-1 Chile

Goals: Higuain

Cards: Medel, Rojo, Vidal

U.S 1-2 Colombia

Goals: Wood

First goal at 27:34

posted by holden at 12:12 PM on June 24

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Switzerland 0-2 Poland (Lewandowski finally breaks his duck. Incidentally, how does a duck get broken? Is it a broken beak or a broken leg or wing?)

Wales 2-0 N. Ireland (Ramsey. Apparently a peroxide job does wonders for the chance to transfer to Man U, if you believe the Guardian's rumor mill.)

Croatia 3-1 Portugal (Mandzukic finally comes good. As an aside, Peresic. Dude looks like he's 50, but he's only 27.)

France 2-0 Ireland (Payet again. Thanks god for colonialism, say the former colonizers of the isle of Reunion.)

Germany 3-1 Slovakia (Muller looks like he's due for one, despite the fact that his Euro record is a stark contrast to his WC exploits.)

Hungary 1-2 Belgium (Lukakakakakuuuuu.....)

Italy 1-2 Spain (David Silva with that silky-smooth-let-me-seduce-your-wife-while-I-make-this-defense-splitting-pass-insouciance.)

Engerland 3-1 Iceland (Vardy Party in Your Mama's Pants.)

posted by holden at 12:44 AM on June 24

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results

I picked Cleveland in 6 as well, on the theory that if it went back to Oakland tied, there was no way the Warriors would lose.

posted by holden at 10:19 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Man -- not sure how I missed the finals. Guess I only avoided the Costanza by flaking out and not picking.

I like the aggregate standings idea, but sometimes miss these things or elect not to participate because I know nothing (CFL).

posted by holden at 06:05 PM on June 22

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

U.S. 1-3 Argentina (Higuain)
Colombia 2-1 Chile (James)

posted by holden at 11:07 PM on June 20

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

bender - Vidal is suspended for the next game.

posted by holden at 11:05 PM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

I used that block as a teaching moment and told my two oldest boys (10 and 8 years old) last night that the block was an example of how you never give up on a play. What I neglected to tell them is that they will never have half of the size, speed, or general athleticism to pull it off.

posted by holden at 11:40 AM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I know there is the negligible contact exception, but seems hand to face is a pretty bright-line rule - almost like a strict liability standard.

posted by holden at 11:38 AM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

Loving a Fraze appearance.

On the NBA Finals front, quite a game (fairly sloppy, but plenty exciting) and quite a comeback. The cynical part of me would be inclined to say that LeBron was just playing it up for the cameras with the collapse and the crying, but really seems like he put his heart and soul into this. Just a pretty cool thing to see.

posted by holden at 11:31 PM on June 19

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

rcade -- thankfully Brooks, who I think has been the best US defender in this tournament, was not one of the players who will miss the next game. Bedoya and Wood are off due to yellow accumulation, while Jones is out for a straight red.

posted by holden at 10:44 PM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Agree. He arguably should have been MVP in a losing effort last year as well, but much more likely to happen if the series goes the distance.

posted by holden at 12:10 PM on June 17

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I hate the two yellows/yellow card accumulation rule in international tournaments. It's just too small of a sample size that allows for fluky bookings to sideline a player. I would prefer to see three yellows with no reset or maybe after two yellows the player has to sit out the first half of the next match.

posted by holden at 10:03 AM on June 17

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

U.S. 2-1 Ecuador (Dempsey)
Peru 0-2 Colombia (James)
Argentina 3-0 Venezuela (Messi)
Mexico 1-1 Chile [Mexico advances on penalties 4-3] (Chicharito]

Three Floyds Zombie Dust

posted by holden at 11:32 PM on June 15

Penguins claim fourth Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Sharks

ESPN's punitive (non-)coverage of the NHL is one among several factors that have led me to effectively phase it out as a source of content. Basically am down to live sporting events I cannot get elsewhere and frankly have phased out a lot of that as well (more or less down to the international soccer tournaments, and I will take those on Spanish-language channels when I can).

Good on the Penguins.

posted by holden at 10:27 PM on June 13

Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal

I think Fox has generally done a pretty poor job with this tournament (the contrast to the Euros on ESPN is pretty stark, to my mind), but one thing that has kind of grown on me (even though its genesis is clearly in American football) is having the officiating commentator jump in to explain calls. Some of it is obviously super basic and just trying to find something for the guy to speak about, but in some cases there are some interesting insights/explanations. During the handball debacle last night, I thought he did a good job explaining what the ref should have done -- not on the call itself (although he opined on that as well) -- but in regards to controlling the players (basically said he should have gone to the sideline to confer with his assistant and told the players that anyone who crosses the line to get in his face is getting a card and then enforced that).

posted by holden at 09:03 AM on June 13

Euro 2016 Begins with 3 Days of Violence in France

Is it too late to pull the World Cup from Russia?

posted by holden at 08:58 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Thank you Ticos.

posted by holden at 12:24 AM on June 12

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Group A: France (winner), Switzerland (second), Giroud
Group B: England (winner), Russia (second), Vardy
Group C: Germany (winner), Poland (second), Lewandowski
Group D: Spain (winner), Croatia (second), Mandukić
Group E: Belgium (winner), Italy (second), Lukaku
Group F: Austria (winner), Portugal (second), Ronaldo

Four third-place advancing teams: Wales (Group B), Czech Republic (Group D), Sweden (Group E), Iceland (Group F)

Beer - Westmalle Tripel

posted by holden at 12:00 PM on June 09

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Finals Edition

Winner: Cleveland in 6
MVP: LeBron
MOV: 18
Combined Points: 230
No. of 3s: 140

posted by holden at 01:32 PM on June 02

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

Thanks for the heads up on Suarez, bill. Lots to keep track of between this and the Euros between who's injured/not, who's likely to start, etc. I initially had Neymar tabbed as my top scorer for Group B before realizing he was not playing in the tournament due to his participation in the Olympics.

With that additional info, I am going to change my Group C scorer to Edinson Cavani.

posted by holden at 01:17 PM on June 02

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

Group A: Colombia (winner), U.S., Carlos Bacca (goalscorer)
Group B: Brazil (winner), Ecuador, Hulk (goalscorer)
Group C: Uruguay (winner), Mexico, Suarez (goalscorer)
Group D: Chile (winner), Argentina, Aguero (goalscorer)

posted by holden at 11:57 AM on June 02

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

rcade - you have Brazil (Groups B and C) and Paraguay (Groups A and C) up there twice. Mexico should be in place of Brazil in Group C and Uruguay should be in place of Paraguay in Group C.

posted by holden at 10:51 AM on June 02

Vin Scully recites the speech about baseball from "Field of Dreams".


posted by holden at 11:44 PM on May 26

Did the Starting Gate Injury Break Barbaro's Leg?

Interesting read, although some of the comments in the Deadspin article (from seemingly informed/qualified commenters) have me leaning towards the "probably not" camp.

posted by holden at 10:43 AM on May 24

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

I think that's maybe my third or fourth year running of finishing second. Kind of like Arsenal I guess.

I'm thinking we should get a Euro 2016 fantasy league going (maybe a little closer to the tournament, once rosters are finalized).

posted by holden at 02:13 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I kind of like irrational (probably more like less rational) homer grum as a change-of-pace from analytical grum.

I don't know whether Odor was throwing at Bautista's head (seems plausible), but I'm not sure the three examples above are particularly instructive. In each of those other DPs, he catches the ball at waist level or above. In the play from yesterday, Beltre seems to have short-armed the throw and Odor receives it down around his shin, and if you're trying for a quick exchange and throw in that position, a side-arm throw seems about as good an approach as any.

posted by holden at 11:54 AM on May 16