Recent Comments by grum@work

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

But grum, we down here *needed* this win so very badly. Please, give us this one thing.

No. No no no. No.

The women's curling team is going to go without a medal for the first time since it was introduced in 1998.

The men's curing team isn't going to the gold medal match for the first time it was re-introduced in 1998, and their first non-gold medal performance since 2002. And they got beat by ... the Americans?!

The women's hockey team didn't win a gold medal for the first time in 20 years.

Now everything rests on the men's hockey team to salvage our national pride for the two sports Canadians EXPECT to win every Olympics.

That's too much pressure on these Spengler Cup guys.

The only thing I can say positively is that the women put on a MUCH better performance in the shootout than the men have. Those two goals, by Daoust and Lamoureux, were NHL-calibre moves

posted by grum@work at 02:53 PM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

FFFFFFFFFFFUCK THE SHOOTOUT!

posted by grum@work at 02:14 AM on February 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Americans fell victim to one of the classic blunders!

  1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
  2. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
  3. Never get into a shootout with the Czech Republic.
  4. posted by grum@work at 12:58 AM on February 21

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see

the NFL diagnosed at least 281 traumatic brain injuries this season

There were 2009 different players that played in at least one game during the 2017 season.

That means almost 14% of the players (assuming each player only had one concussion, but I know that less than 281 players got one because some had two) that played this season got a concussion.

I can't imagine any other sport or profession (outside of full contact combat sports) that would be okay with that high percentage of their participants suffering brain injuries.

posted by grum@work at 03:02 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I have to believe he changed his mind because Belichek told him he's staying on for just one more year and the Patriots will make him the new head coach after that.

posted by grum@work at 06:32 AM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Connor McDavid is ridiculous.

posted by grum@work at 12:19 AM on February 06

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

I think this is my first Costanza!

I couldn't be more proud. Everyone tries to achieve perfection, but there has to b....

/David Harbour appearance

"Nope, this is a Tide ad."

posted by grum@work at 06:52 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

The big winner last night was't Philadelphia, but was Tide. Their "every commercial is OUR commercial" Super Bowl ad was brilliant marketing.

As well, every OTHER company should thank them for convincing the viewing public to watch every other commercial intently to see if it was another Tide fakeout.

posted by grum@work at 06:49 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

I have no idea why Collingsworth was so adamant about the 2nd touchdown NOT being a catch. It was quite obvious to everyone watching that the receiver took two upright steps before the defender hit his leg and and the runner dove for the goal line to try and get the touchdown.

If the defender isn't there, then he runs in unopposed.

The first touchdown I could KIND OF understand why it might be ruled "no good" as the ball was moving around in his arms as he was taking another step, but I wouldn't have said it was "loose".

Hopefully Collingsworth's "I don't know any more!" becomes the final rallying cry for a rewrite of the "catch" rules this off season. You can't have the national broadcaster say that in the biggest game of the year (and probably one of the most entertaining Super Bowls of all time) and not have SOMETHING happen...

posted by grum@work at 06:45 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

That 4th down play call by the Eagles for the Foles TD is the greatest play call in the history of the Super Bowl.

It's daring.

It's crazy.

It's a game breaker.

It's unexpected.

It's memorable.

No other play call (not play) can compare to it.

posted by grum@work at 08:14 PM on February 04

Super Bowl 0x34

Not a concussion...a "head injury".

posted by grum@work at 07:51 PM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

New England by 3 -10

FIRST FG: Gostkowski, NE

FIRST TD: Amendola, NE

PASSING: Foles, PHI

RUSHING: Blount, PHI +5

RECEIVING: Amendola, NE +5

SACK: McLeod, PHI

INTERCEPTION: Graham, PHI

OOPS: Brady, NE

MVP: Amendola, NE

CONTEST WINNER: rcade

posted by grum@work at 10:44 AM on February 02

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

People from outside North America have a hard time believing that Chief Wahoo was a real sports logo for a mainstream team. Two people I know thought it was a parody of sports logos. They could not believe that a professional team would want to associate themselves to such a terrible caricature.

posted by grum@work at 06:07 PM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bring the banhammer!

posted by grum@work at 06:33 AM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I know holding occurs on every play, but when it is done to secure the edge on a running play, as happened to Telvin Smith on a big third down run by Dion Lewis, it often draws a flag.

That's exactly what I thought when I saw the replay of the run immediately after it happened. I didn't realize that the Pats had been as penalty-free as they were.

posted by grum@work at 07:19 AM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

I can't win unless I go big:

Jacksonville by 3

Minnesota by 7

1. The quarterback with the most passing yards. Brady

2. The player with the most rushing yards. Fournette

3. The player with the most receiving yards. Gronkowski

4. A player who will get a turnover. Ngakoue

5. The team that will score the most points. Minnesota

posted by grum@work at 05:45 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I summon THE BANHAMMER! for lucysharpe!

posted by grum@work at 12:01 AM on January 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I know a couple of kids that are going to be DEVASTATED by Andrew McCutchen being dealt away from the Pirates.

posted by grum@work at 09:26 AM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Keenum, Bortles, Foles, and Brady.

Combined, they have 5 Super Bowls, 4 Super Bowl MVPs, 2 regular season MVPs and have started 11 conference championship games.

posted by grum@work at 12:16 AM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Obligatory

posted by grum@work at 12:10 AM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That ending to the Saints/Vikings game (last 3 minutes of game time) is easily one of the craziest things I've ever seen.

And what the hell was Marcus Williams doing on that missed "tackle" on the final play?

posted by grum@work at 11:31 PM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Atlanta by 3
New England by 16
Jacksonville by 3 (I need to make up ground)
New Orleans by 13

The quarterback with the most passing yards: Brees (NO)
The player with the most rushing yards: Bell (PIT)
The player with the most receiving yards: J. Jones (ATL)
A player who will get a sack: Wise (NE) +5
The team that will score the most points: New England

posted by grum@work at 03:34 PM on January 12

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

You're missing 5 points for beaverboard. He got TWO of the props correct and should have 10 points.

posted by grum@work at 03:31 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Holy crap.

That Bama QB went from the goat of the game (losing 16 yards by not getting rid of the ball in the OT) to hero (with a perfect leading-the-receiver strike for the game winning TD) in 30 seconds.

posted by grum@work at 12:11 AM on January 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I didn't even have to look at the list to know who was the best value of the past 10 years.

As for the worst, I thought it was going to be Carl Crawford, but I guess I forgot that the last place guy was a "free agent" and simply not an extension.

posted by grum@work at 01:07 PM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

GAMES:
Kansas City by 6
Los Angeles by 13
Buffalo by 2 (I'm being stupid AND loyal in this case. I've waited 17 years...)
New Orleans by 7

PROP BETS:
QB: Brees (NO) +5
RB: Gurley (LA)
WR: Jones (ATL)
INT: Poyer (BUF)
PTS: New Orleans +5

posted by grum@work at 11:31 PM on January 05

NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7

MINUS SIXTEEN!?!

Yeesh.

Congrats Tron7!

posted by grum@work at 10:19 PM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm sorry, but the fact that undefeated Mount Union (2017 Division III champions) doesn't get any respect is quite galling to me. UCF isn't the only undefeated team with a direct line of wins over the two teams playing in the "National Championship Game".

Div III	        Mt Union	beat	M Hardin-Baylor	12 - 0
Div III	        M Hardin-Baylor	beat	Sul Ross	23 - 7
Div III	        Sul Ross	beat	Permian Basin	47 - 22
Div II	        Permian Basin	beat	W New Mexico	41 - 32
Div II	        W New Mexico	beat	Tarleton St	38 - 25
Div II	        Tarleton St	beat	Angelo St	30 - 24
Div II	        Angelo St	beat	McKendree	42 - 2
Div II	        McKendree	beat	Kentucky St	50 - 0
Div II	        Kentucky St	beat	Central St OH	34 - 22
Div II	        Central St OH	beat	Ark Pine Bluff	40 - 35
Div I - FCS	Ark Pine Bluff	beat	Jackson St	34 - 27
Div I - FCS	Jackson St	beat	Alcorn St	7 - 3
Div I - FCS	Alcorn St	beat	Southern Univ	48 - 31
Div I - FCS	Southern Univ	beat	S Carolina St	14 - 8
Div I - FCS	S Carolina St	beat	Hampton	33 - 15
Div I - FCS	 Hampton	beat	Howard	20 - 17
Div I - FCS	  Howard	beat	UNLV	43 - 40
Div I - FBS	    UNLV	beat	Idaho	44 - 16
Div I - FBS	   Idaho	beat	South Alabama	29 - 23
Div I - FBS	  South Alabama	beat	Troy	19 - 8
Div I - FBS	    Troy	beat	LSU	24 - 21
Div I - FBS	     LSU	beat	Auburn	27 - 23
Div I - FBS	   Auburn	beat	Georgia	40 - 17
Div I - FBS	   Auburn	beat	Alabama	26 - 14

posted by grum@work at 04:50 PM on January 02

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

if we're to get to see them play each other.

That link is going to remain untouched, thankyouverymuch.

posted by grum@work at 05:35 PM on January 01

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

This reminds me of the video compilation of Crosby's Golden Goal.

Yeah, that's about right.

Real fans, right there.

posted by grum@work at 11:50 AM on January 01

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

The Buffalo Bills make it to the NFL playoffs because the Cleveland Browns really, REALLY, suck. The final tie-breaker for the Bills/Ravens was strength of schedule. The Ravens beat ZERO playoff teams (but did get two wins against the hapless Browns), while the Bills beat the Chiefs.

So now the Seattle Mariners have the longest active playoff drought among teams in the 4 major North American leagues.

One person pointed out on Reddit that it's been so long since the Mariners have played a playoff game (last one was October 22, 2001) that the Apple iPod didn't exist back then, and NASA confirmed the proposal for a space craft, built it, launched it, watched it get to Pluto, and it will reach an object in the Kuiper belt before the Mariners play in the playoffs again.

posted by grum@work at 11:59 PM on December 31

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

Detroit by 13
Houston by 7
Minnesota by 17
New England by 9
Washington by 7
Philadelphia by 13
Pittsburgh by 6
Carolina by 9
Kansas City by 13
Jacksonville by 9
L.A. Rams by 10

Buffalo by 7
L.A. Chargers by 9
Seattle by 7
New Orleans by 13
Baltimore by 9

posted by grum@work at 10:11 PM on December 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I've had a Roku for a while and it's primarily my Netflix box on the big TV, but I've also fired up Plex and used it to watch any, uh, "preview copies" of movies on my computer. It also handled YouTube pretty well so I can watch all the highlights of games there, too.

I haven't cut cable yet, but once I figure out how to run the NHL streams and MLB streams from Reddit through that Roku, it won't be long.

posted by grum@work at 11:20 PM on December 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah, that guts me hearing that he passed away. He was the "grandpa" of Leafs Nation, and it was well known that he was saving a bottle of champagne for the opportunity to open it when the Leafs won the Stanley Cup again.

I loved the stat that every single game that he played as a Toronto Maple Leafs player, he was the oldest Leafs player on the ice. That was for 12 seasons in a row, for 475 games. For the final 10 seasons of his career, he was the oldest player in the league.

There is famous video of him getting his face clipped by a stick, making a save, and then getting hit in the face AGAIN with a stick.

However, this bit of video about him DELIBERATELY using his face to block a shot is insane.

RIP, China Wall.

posted by grum@work at 11:01 PM on December 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yeah, but I'm probably going to be AFK until Xmas day, so now is a good time to put this in here.

posted by grum@work at 08:56 PM on December 21

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

Baltimore by 7
Minnesota by 13

Carolina by 17
Cleveland by 3
Detroit by 9
Kansas City by 7

New England by 10
New Orleans by 7
Chargers by 13
Rams by 7
Denver by 6
SF by 3
Arizona by 16
Seattle by 3
Pittsburgh by 21
Oakland by 3

posted by grum@work at 06:59 PM on December 21

Home Fitness Equipment made for you

Time for the delete and the ban hammer!

posted by grum@work at 06:38 AM on December 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

What's with the 2:00 PM start time for the Hurricanes/Leafs game tomorrow?

It's the 100th anniversary of the very first official NHL game (December 19, 1917), plus they wanted to make the game more accessible for younger fans by having it earlier in the day.

posted by grum@work at 05:41 PM on December 18

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?

I'd be very surprised if there isn't a similar story out there in the Canadian hockey world. The conviction of Graham James is probably the first one I've heard of in that sport (being older kids), but predators would find kids hockey (boys and girls) to be a prime target.

posted by grum@work at 10:01 AM on December 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition

Denver by 6
Detroit by 9

Kansas City by 3
Jacksonville by 10
Buffalo by 7
Baltimore by 13
Minnesota by 6
New Orleans by 13

Philadelphia by 3
Arizona by 9
Carolina by 13
Seattle by 7
New England by 6
Tennessee by 13

Oakland by 6
Atlanta by 10

posted by grum@work at 04:30 PM on December 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Concussion Protocol Edition

Are you going to post this week's games?

posted by grum@work at 11:41 AM on December 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, I posted some stuff from it in yesterdays huddle.

That's a game for the ages, man.

posted by grum@work at 01:55 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That Buffalo/Indy game was the craziest snow bowl game I've ever seen.

- They mentioned during the CBS broadcast that if a player got injured, they would NOT be able to be carted off the field as the cart would get stuck in the snow.

- "That is the only angle we can show you where there is any visibility."

- Punts are kind of interesting...

- "Where is the end zone line? Where is ANY sort of line?"

- Shady loves him some snow games.

- Soft landings are one side effect of having 2 feet of snow at the back of the end zone.

- The song is called "Sandstorm"...close enough, I think.

posted by grum@work at 12:45 AM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Guess who came back in to play some more football after sitting out for only two plays?

This guy!

Fuck the NFL and their "doctors" on the sideline doing "concussion protocols".

I don't care if they took him out later, the fact that he even got back onto the field that game is disgraceful.

posted by grum@work at 12:26 AM on December 11

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell elected the Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veteran's Committee.

I think they were the oldest World Series winning team without players in the baseball hall of fame.

Trammell's induction should help pave the way for the induction of his BBHOF-worthy double-play partner, Lou Whitaker.

Morris' induction doesn't bother me as there are worse BBHOF members than him, and the VC has a history of inducting players like him. Considering the recent mood about men behaving badly towards women, it seems like Morris (When asked about female reporters in the locker room said "I don't talk to women when I'm naked unless I'm on top of them or they're on top of me.") may have squeaked in just in time.

posted by grum@work at 10:22 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Mayfield is the sixth Oklahoma player to win the Heisman, tying the school with USC for third-most in college history. Notre Dame and Ohio State have won the most Heismans, with seven each.

How many trophies have the schools with the second-most Heismans won?

1T. Notre Dame (7)
1T. Ohio State (7)
3T. Oklahoma (6)
3T. USC (6)

Of all the schools that have won the Heisman, Oklahoma has the third most (behind two teams with 7 each).

posted by grum@work at 12:04 AM on December 10

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

The general rule for the Costanza award is that you have to have played every week of the season.

posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on December 07

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

New Orleans by 9
Buffalo by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Green Bay by 12

Kansas City by 3
Dallas by 9
Detroit by 13
Carolina by 7

Houston by 3
Denver by 3
Tennessee by 3
L.A. Chargers by 6
L.A. Rams by 3
Jacksonville by 9
Pittsburgh by 12
New England by 17

posted by grum@work at 04:49 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think this is the year where the push for a 8-team bowl playoff is going to pick up a lot of steam.

posted by grum@work at 09:30 AM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Aaron Fucking Boone?!

Really?

posted by grum@work at 08:55 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I felt bad for Russell, as he was doing well that game and you could see in the post-game media scrum that he looked crushed.

Well, not TOO bad, as I AM a Leafs fan...

posted by grum@work at 02:14 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Former MLB player, Blue Jays broadcaster, and Don-Cherry-wannabe Gregg Zaun has been let go by the Sportsnet media company after "sexual misconduct".

No tears shed here as he was not a favourite of mine. His support of hazing of young players is despicable.

posted by grum@work at 11:31 PM on November 30

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

Washington by 10
Minnesota by 7
New England by 19
San Francisco by 6
Tampa Bay by 7
Tennessee by 7

Denver by 3
Kansas City by 11
Jacksonville by 14
Detroit by 9
L.A. Chargers by 13
Oakland by 17

New Orleans by 6
L.A. Rams by 13
Philadelphia by 7
Pittsburgh by 19

posted by grum@work at 06:22 PM on November 30

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

NFL Pick'Em:

Washington by 10 (bold always means lock)

posted by grum@work at 04:11 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The primary connectors for most of these chains are:

- Permian Basin beating West New Mexico (Div III beating Div II)
- Central State (Ohio) beating Ark Pine Bluff (Div II beating Div I FCS)
- Howard beating UNLV (Div I FCS beating Div I FBS)
- Syracuse beating Pitt and Clemson (as that opens up a lot of links to the top teams with losses)

posted by grum@work at 09:16 AM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NHL super star Connor McDavid is told by Boston rink-worker that he's wearing the wrong sized skates.

"I went with it. I wasn't going to argue with her."

So. Damn. Canadian.

posted by grum@work at 07:12 AM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Here is the winner:

Division III school Carthage College (WI) with a 7-3 record is better than #1 Clemson:

Div III Carthage beat Millikin 45 - 27
Div III Millikin beat Wheaton IL 35 - 31
Div III Wheaton IL beat N Central IL 42 - 20
Div III N Central IL beat IL Wesleyan 26 - 13
Div III IL Wesleyan beat WI Whitewater 17 - 10
Div III WI Whitewater beat WI Stout 14 - 0
Div III WI Stout beat St Thomas MN 25 - 22
Div III St Thomas MN beat Berry 29 - 13
Div III Berry beat Hendrix 34 - 10
Div III Hendrix beat TX Lutheran 38 - 28
Div III TX Lutheran beat Sul Ross 40 - 14
Div III Sul Ross beat Permian Basin 47 - 22
Div II Permian Basin beat W New Mexico 41 - 32
Div II W New Mexico beat Tarleton St 38 - 25
Div II Tarleton St beat Angelo St 30 - 24
Div II Angelo St beat McKendree 42 - 2
Div II McKendree beat Kentucky St 50 - 0
Div II Kentucky St beat Central St OH 34 - 22
Div II Central St OH beat Ark Pine Bluff 40 - 35
Div I - FCS Ark Pine Bluff beat Jackson St 34 - 27
Div I - FCS Jackson St beat Alcorn St 7 - 3
Div I - FCS Alcorn St beat Southern Univ 48 - 31
Div I - FCS Southern Univ beat S Carolina St 14 - 8
Div I - FCS S Carolina St beat Hampton 33 - 15
Div I - FCS Hampton beat Howard 20 - 17
Div I - FCS Howard beat UNLV 43 - 40
Div I - FBS UNLV beat Idaho 44 - 16
Div I - FBS Idaho beat South Alabama 29 - 23
Div I - FBS South Alabama beat Troy 19 - 8
Div I - FBS Troy beat LSU 24 - 21
Div I - FBS LSU beat Syracuse 35 - 26
Div I - FBS Syracuse beat Clemson 27 - 24

32 steps!

posted by grum@work at 11:12 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

My semi-annual reminder that the website "My Team is Better than Your Team" is a ton of fun to play around with.

Here is proof that St. Anselm (Division II team, 1-9 overall) is better than Oklahoma (#2 ranked team in the nation):

NCAATeam TeamScore
Div II St Anselm beat Pace 35 - 34
Div II Pace beat Bentley 20 - 17
Div II Bentley beat Assumption 35 - 31
Div II Assumption beat Findlay 45 - 26
Div II Findlay beat Tuskegee 61 - 0
Div II Tuskegee beat Jackson St 33 - 7
Div I - FCS Jackson St beat Alcorn St 7 - 3
Div I - FCS Alcorn St beat Southern Univ 48 - 31
Div I - FCS Southern Univ beat S Carolina St 14 - 8
Div I - FCS S Carolina St beat Hampton 33 - 15
Div I - FCS Hampton beat Howard 20 - 17
Div I - FCS Howard beat UNLV 43 - 40
Div I - FBS UNLV beat Fresno St 26 - 16
Div I - FBS Fresno St beat San Diego St 27 - 3
Div I - FBS San Diego St beat Stanford 20 - 17
Div I - FBS Stanford beat Notre Dame 38 - 20
Div I - FBS Notre Dame beat Michigan St 38 - 18
Div I - FBS Michigan St beat Iowa 17 - 10
Div I - FBS Iowa beat Iowa St 44 - 41
Div I - FBS Iowa St beat Oklahoma 38 - 31

posted by grum@work at 09:18 AM on November 29

New York Giants bench Eli Manning, start Geno Smith

a streak that will come to an end after he refused to be the token starter for a series in order to keep the streak going.

It would have looked REAL silly if he did that token set of downs, but I'm still glad he was smart enough not to extend it.

This Geno Smith is the same one that flamed out for the other "New York" team, right?

The one with more interceptions than touchdowns?

I could understand giving some no-name rookie a try, but Smith is a known (non-)entity. Why not let Eli finish the (wasted) season and then let him retire gracefully?

posted by grum@work at 11:30 PM on November 28