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SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

East:
(1) Cleveland in 5
(2) Toronto in 6
(3) Miami in 7
(4) Atlanta in 7

West:
(1) Golden State in 4
(2) San Antonio in 4
(3) Oklahoma City in 4
(4) Los Angeles Clippers in 6

Bonus Points:
- 135
- 40

The Atlanta/Boston series looks great. Not too excited about any of the rest.

posted by tron7 at 03:53 PM on April 14

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Final Week

April 5
Miami by 18 (I should probably lock this)

April 10
San Antonio by 4

April 11
Cleveland by 6
Phoenix by 7

April 12

OKC by 7
LAC by 7

April 13
Boston by 11
Golden State by 17 - Lock
Utah by 6

posted by tron7 at 11:52 AM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

D'Brickish?

posted by tron7 at 02:00 PM on April 08

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

March 29
Cleveland by 7
Golden State by 17 - Lock

March 31
Houston by 15
OKC by 11

April 1
Atlanta by 7
Golden State by 11

April 3
OKC by 9

* - I'm still wondering what in the hell you did with trons 1 - 6.

The nickname sprouted from this guy and was a natural internet handle, it also proved to be a popular internet handle so I started adding my jersey number, which was stolen from this guy. A bit of unholy marriage but it works

posted by tron7 at 04:57 PM on March 29

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

March 16
Boston by 5
Houston by 11

March 19
San Antonio by 4

No locks. I'll be happy to get out of this week with positive points.

posted by tron7 at 10:19 AM on March 15

Snowmobiler Strikes Iditarod Team, Killing Dog

The last time I was in my hometown in Northern Michigan during snowmobile season, every bar in the area had snowmobiler specials. And these were specials that featured pitchers of beer, not just bottles. Snowmobiling is big money, especially for the bars.

It's the same in Northern Wisconsin. I've always been surprised there aren't more incidents as there are a lot of blind corners and trails where you can barely fit two sleds side by side.

posted by tron7 at 11:14 AM on March 14

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

March 3
San Antonio by 7
Golden State by 12

March 4
Cleveland by 11
Atlanta by 15

March 5
Chicago by 9

March 6
Golden State by 25 - slam

posted by tron7 at 10:16 AM on March 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 17

Feb 24
Chicago by 11
San Antonio by 14 - slam

Feb 25
New Orleans by 6
Portland by 11

Feb 26
Atlanta by 12
Memphis by 7

Feb 27
Golden State by 8

posted by tron7 at 02:31 PM on February 24

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15

What's really sad is that you pretty much missed a week and you're still way ahead of me. /sigh

My advice: make picks for all of the games.

Fri. Feb. 19 10:30 p.m. ET Boston at Utah ESPN

posted by tron7 at 03:04 PM on February 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15

MIN by 6

Make a mental note to check to see who is officiating before slam dunking a Clippers game.

Wednesday Feb 10
Cleveland by 16 Slam
Houston by 8

Thursday Feb 11
OKC by 11

Friday Feb 12
USA by 7

Sunday Feb 14
East by 6

Friday Feb 19
OKC by 10
Boston by 7

Saturday Feb 20
Golden State by 9

Saturday Feb 21

OKC by 11
Chicago by 16

posted by tron7 at 03:00 PM on February 10

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Seriously, that was one of the most blatantly intentional facemasks I've ever seen. I wouldn't have argued if they had decided to toss him.

posted by tron7 at 03:38 PM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, I promise you that.

posted by tron7 at 03:36 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I was snowboarding up at Steamboat Springs this weekend and caught a bit of banter between a Broncos fan and a Patriots fan. There were a few solid jabs back and forth but the one that really brought the house down: "Tom Brady skis in his jeans." In Colorado, nothing bites as hard as calling someone a gaper.

posted by tron7 at 05:12 PM on February 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Denver by 10 LOCK

Total score - 44

First field goal - McManus

First touchdown - Cj Anderson

Most passing yards - Cam Newton

Most rushing yards - CJ Anderson

Most receiving yards - Olsen

Sack or partial sack - Von Miller

Interception - Talib

First turnover- Cam Newton

Pick the game's MVP - CJ Anderson

Contest Winner: tron7 - My best chance at winning is picking myself to win, right?

posted by tron7 at 03:13 PM on February 07

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

I don't think it would take much to get Faried out of Denver, Lee and a first of your choosing would probably do it. Gallinari would be a lot harder.

posted by tron7 at 05:12 PM on February 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

February 3
Golden State by 14
LA Clippers by 11 - Slam

February 4
Detroit by 7
New Orleans by 11

February 5
Atlanta by 11
San Antonio by 13

February 6
Golden State by 11

February 7
LA Clippers by 10

I would love to pick an upset but I can't find anything close to one I like.

Howard, the Celtics look like the most likely team to do something major at the trade deadline. Anybody you are hoping to land? Please stay away from Gallinari, I've grown quite fond of the rooster.

posted by tron7 at 03:40 PM on February 03

Ranking the Super Bowl MVPs

What's amazing to me is that I completely forgot that the Broncos beat the Falcons in John Elway's last Super Bowl

Even here in Denver the Falcons Super Bowl barely gets mentioned in comparison to the Packers Super Bowl. Part of that is that it was the second in a row but mostly the Falcons just weren't good enough. It would be more memorable if the Vikings hadn't blown the NFC Championship Game.

posted by tron7 at 11:24 AM on January 28

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

January 27
San Antonio by 12
Golden State by 13 - slam

January 28
Toronto by 10
Chicago by 11

January 30
San Antonio by 8

January 31
Clippers by 9

posted by tron7 at 05:59 PM on January 27

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

There were a ton of plays where Brady intentionally grounded the ball in practice but not by the letter of the rule. I thought the no calls were correct but as a Bronco fan it was wildly frustrating.

The final touchdown was reminiscent of Seattle's miracle two point conversion in last year's NFC title game. I was angry at those two defenders for about 10 minutes after the game for how shitty and worried I felt in the moments after that play.

posted by tron7 at 07:48 PM on January 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The East leading Cavaliers have fired David Blatt.

posted by tron7 at 04:27 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Denver by 6 - Lock
Carolina by 6 - Lock

Pick the team with the most total yards. - Denver
Pick the team with the most turnovers - Arizona
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards. - Brady
Pick the player with the most rushing yards. - CJ Anderson
Pick the player with the most receiving yards. - Demaryius Thomas
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack. - Von Miller
Pick a player who will get an interception. - Luke Kuechly

posted by tron7 at 03:02 PM on January 22

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

I've seen a couple articles now stating that the math likes going for two at the end of regulation in the Green Bay/Arizona game. This is troubling to me as I am usually advocating going for two and going for it on fourth downs but in this situation I agreed with McCarthy. My reasoning was that if OT is considered a 50/50 proposition you have the same odds whether you go for one (.943 extra point odds multiplied by .500 overtime odds) or two (.472 two point odds). So, the entire decision rests on whether you have a better chance in OT than the other team at that given moment. Carson Palmer was playing pretty poorly at the time and I thought the Cardinals were catching a lot of breaks so I thought it unlikely they would be able to move the ball and thusly the Packers had a better than 50/50 shot if it went to OT so I was perfectly ok with McCarthy's decision.

This is probably the last time I defend McCarthy as he usually is too conservative but this time I think you can make a case for it.

Strategy aside, as a fan, and in retrospect, going for two there would have been great. The way it turned out was entirely unsatisfying. You see the miracle, he walks on water, but then the boat sinks on the way back in to shore. What's the point?

posted by tron7 at 05:41 PM on January 20

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

Wednesday Jan. 20
Golden State by 10
Atlanta by 13

Thursday Jan. 21
Cleveland by 13
San Antonio by 11 - Slam

Friday Jan. 22
Toronto by 9
Golden State by 15

Saturday Jan. 23
Cleveland by 5

ESPN's BPI* has only five teams with a greater than 1% chance to win the title, only three teams with over 5% chance. Five Thirty Eight's projection, using an ELO system, has six teams over 1% chance to win the title and 4 teams with greater than a 5% chance. Quite the top heavy year.

* ESPN's BPI showed up when I searched for "Hollinger's Playoff Odds" and it looks like they are pretty similar but I'm not entirely sure. I wonder if it was ESPN or Hollinger, who hasn't worked at ESPN for like three years now, that wanted the name changed.

posted by tron7 at 12:28 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

Kansas City by 6
Arizona by 10 - Lock
Carolina by 3
Denver by 9 - Lock

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards: Carson Palmer
Pick the running back with the most rushing yards: CJ Anderson
Pick the player with the most receiving yards: Larry Fitzgerald
Pick a player who will get an interception: Chris Harris

posted by tron7 at 05:59 PM on January 15

NFL Network Airs 'Lost' Super Bowl on Friday

Super Bowl XXII is my first. I remember being really excited when the Broncos went up 10 and then the Redskins dropped the hammer in the second quarter and it was devastating to my seven year old self. The 49ers Super Bowl a couple years later was much more palatable as it felt like it was over before it started.

posted by tron7 at 12:01 PM on January 15

49ers Hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach

This is the NFL, things can turn around pretty quickly. If he learned from his experience in Philly, I think he'll be fine.

posted by tron7 at 10:47 AM on January 15

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 11

Jan 13
Boston by 10
LAC by 9

Jan 14
San Antonio by 11
Golden State by 21 SLAM

Jan 15
OKC by 9
Cleveland by 11

Jan 18
Memphis by 7
Golden State by 11
LAC by 13

I watch all the Nuggets and as much as I can catch of the Bucks. So, after I'm done with those sad sacks I rarely want to watch any more basketball.

posted by tron7 at 04:57 PM on January 12

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

Putting it bluntly, there is something ethically bankrupt about trying to equate teammates/personnel improperly being on the field while an injured player is being tended to- a technical rule violation that is never really enforced even though maybe it should be- and attempting to hit/strike an opponent like Jones did, regardless of what was said. Is there a rule in the NFL that allows for alleged trash-talking to be met directly with violence?

Coaches on the field rule should be enforced when it's causing a problem. Porter on the field inciting opposing players is a problem. Nine Bengals on the field near their sideline is not really a problem.

I also don't see an attempt to hit/strike by Jones. He was probably going to push him and get really angry but he didn't even get that far.

posted by tron7 at 10:38 AM on January 12

Steelers Coach Should've Been Flagged for Being on Field

I don't think any flags needed to be thrown there.

posted by tron7 at 01:05 PM on January 10

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Out of the 60 picks so far, 11 have been home teams.

posted by tron7 at 12:21 PM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Kansas City by 10
Pittsburgh by 7
Seattle by 10 - Lock
Green Bay by 3

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards. - Aaron Rodgers
Pick the running back with the most rushing yards. - Marshawn Lynch
Pick the player with the most receiving yards. - Antonio Brown
Pick a player who will record a sack or partial sack. - JJ Watt

posted by tron7 at 12:16 PM on January 08

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 10

Jan 6
Miami by 7
OKC by 6

Jan 7
Chicago by 4
Sacramento by 6

JAn 8
Cleveland by 10 - Slam Dunk
OKC by 10

Looks like the first game started about an hour ago. I've not seen the score but I get it if you don't want to count it.

posted by tron7 at 08:02 PM on January 06

NFL Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Grum@work

Through week 10, carnage week, I was averaging 11.7 points per week and was third from the bottom. Over the last 7 weeks I averaged 17.4 and finished 4th. I would write this off as a hot stretch but this followed the same pattern as the pick em from last year, and 2013, and 2012. Four years straight of sucking so bad at the start of the year that I think I'm out of it only to finish strongly.

1. Drop the rule.
2. I can't find a good strategy for guessing the exact spread so I'm all for the 5-3-2 point system.

posted by tron7 at 06:39 PM on January 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Atlanta by 7
NYJ by 3
Washington by 10
Indianapolis by 13
Carolina by 10
Chicago by 3
Pittsburgh by 17 - lock
Green Bay by 3
Kansas City by 7
New England by 7
NYG by 3
Cinci by 13
Houston by 7
Seattle by 3
Denver by 10
St louis by 3

posted by tron7 at 11:57 AM on January 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Oakland by 6
Washington by 3
Carolina by 6
Buffalo by 10
Detroit by 7
Houston by 6
Kansas City by 10
Miami by 3
New England by 3
Tampa Bay by 10
Pittsburgh by 13 - lock
New Orleans by 7
Arizona by 6
Seattle by 6
Minnesota by 3
Denver by 3

posted by tron7 at 10:30 AM on December 24

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 9

Miami by 13
OKC by 14
Golden State by 3
San Antonio by 11 - Slam
LAC by 6

posted by tron7 at 10:20 AM on December 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

They're an actual NFL football team today.

You just posted a pic suggesting they weren't!

posted by tron7 at 02:43 PM on December 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

St. Louis by 3
N.Y. Jets by 7
Houston by 3
Minnesota by 3
New England by 17 - lock
Carolina by 7
Washington by 13
Jacksonville by 3
Kansas City by 6
Green Bay by 3
Seattle by 21
Denver by 3
Miami by 6
Cincinnati by 13
Arizona by 3
Detroit by 7

posted by tron7 at 02:33 PM on December 16

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 8

Wed Dec 16
Chicago by 7
Golden State by 10 - slam dunk

Thurs Dec 17
Oklahoma City by 5
Houston by 13

Friday Dec 18
San Antonio by 7
Phoenix by 8

posted by tron7 at 02:26 PM on December 16

Ranking all 30 NBA court designs

Wait, did Lowe not come out with the definitive rankings this year?

The Warrior's court wins for me. I hate the Warriors for killing the post-Melo Nuggets so it's really annoying that I like basically all of their design choices.

posted by tron7 at 01:22 PM on December 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 11
Chicago by by 6
Cincinnati by 7
San Francisco by 3
Kansas City by 11 - Lockeroo
Detroit by 3
N.Y. Jets by 10
Buffalo by 10
Tampa Bay by 7
Carolina by 13
Indianapolis by 3
Seattle by 7
Denver by 6
Green Bay by 10
New England by 6
N.Y. Giants by 3

posted by tron7 at 12:18 PM on December 10

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Duplicate comment... just like last week.

posted by tron7 at 12:18 PM on December 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 7

Wed Dec 9
Boston by 7
Atlanta by 10

Thurs Dec 10
Chicago by 6
Sacramento by 7

Friday Dec 11
Indiana by 4
San Antonio by 20 - Slam

I'm still a little surprised at how good Indiana has been. I had them winning 26 games at the start of the season but they should have that by the middle of January. I didn't see Paul George picking up right where he left off after that injury and I really didn't expect this team to be able to play defense. Their bigs getting minutes are Ian Mahinmi, Lavoy Allen, and Jordan Hill and they have a top 10 defense. I really need to watch them and see what's going on. Is Vogel just that good of a coach?

posted by tron7 at 10:15 AM on December 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

New England by 27
New England by 37
New England by 14
New England by 20 LOCK
New England by 10
New England by 14
New England by 31 LOCK
New England by 10
New England by 14
New England by 24
New England by 7
New England by 13
New England by 21: lock
New England by 9
New England by 21 (LOCK)
New England by 27
New England by 21

New England by 320 - Lock x 6. Is this the wrongest we've been about a game?

posted by tron7 at 02:28 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Has there ever been a ball thrown that high in an NFL game?

posted by tron7 at 10:33 AM on December 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Green Bay by 10
Buffalo by 6
Chicago by 6
Cincinnati by 13
Tennessee by 3
Arizona by 6
Baltimore by 3
Seattle by 10
N.Y. Jets by 6
Tampa Bay by 7
Kansas City by 10
Denver by 17 - Brock
New England by 7
Carolina by 14
Pittsburgh by 7
Washington by 6

posted by tron7 at 02:49 PM on December 03

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Duplicate comment.

posted by tron7 at 02:49 PM on December 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 6

December 3:
Oklahoma City by 10
San Antonio by 5

December 4:
New York by 5
Cleveland by 13 - rimgrazer dunk

posted by tron7 at 02:23 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think it was a tightly contested game with the Patriots playing significantly better in the first and the Broncos playing better by the end of the game. I don't think the Boncos were playing that much better though, just more desperate. That comeback from being down 21-7 in that weather was already pretty damn unlikely and I don't think it happens without the fumble luck and the refs blowing some key calls.

posted by tron7 at 06:54 PM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

except that the Broncos had equally as many bad calls or no calls in that game.

No, the Broncos definitely got the long end of the stick, and I say that as a Bronco fan. The Broncos got most of the calls and some really high leverage ones. If that game was officiated well the Patriots would have won.

posted by tron7 at 02:30 PM on November 30

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Philadelphia by 6
Carolina by 3
Green Bay by 13
Minnesota by 3
Cincinnati by 10 - lock
Oakland by 3
Tampa Bay by 6
Kansas City by 3
N.Y. Jets by 6
Washington by 3
Jacksonville by 7
Houston by 7
Arizona by 10
Seattle by 3
New England by 6
Baltimore by 3

posted by tron7 at 10:14 PM on November 25

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 5

>That's when we both began to understand what Kobe had meant to his team and the league for so many years.

Yeah, I think most fans are on board with that now. The Eagle, CO incident still looms here for Nugget's fans. Last I saw him was the playoffs in 2012 and there were a couple "No means no" chants and he was roundly booed every single time he touched the ball.

posted by tron7 at 11:49 AM on November 25

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 5

Atlanta by 14
GSW by 17 - Windmill Slam Dunk

Lakers' only appearance in Boston (Dec 30) is on my must see list, just to see Kobe one more time.

I'll probably check them out here in Denver just to see if the crowd continues booing the living crap out of him. Kobe's been public enemy #1 around here for years but I'm curious to see if he's become too pathetic to boo.

posted by tron7 at 09:55 AM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Jacksonville by 7
Atlanta by 7
Denver by 6
Oakland by 17
Dallas by 3
Philadelphia by 3
Carolina by 3
St. Louis by 3
N.Y. Jets by 6
Kansas City by 3
Green Bay by 6
Seattle by 13 - lock
Arizona by 3
New England by 13

posted by tron7 at 10:25 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Harden was great in last year's playoffs. He was nearly unstoppable in games 1 and 2 of the conference finals and the Rockets lost those two games by a combined five points because Golden State is really good and doubly so at home. When Harden has bad games they can go really bad but he was the primary reason the team went to the Western Conference Finals and, on the whole, had an excellent playoffs. Howard played that series with a torn MCL and did pretty well for a guy without a burning desire to win. Again, the team went to the Western Conference Finals, I think they've proven they can win.

posted by tron7 at 05:32 PM on November 18

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 4

November 18
OKC by 23 - dunk it
Phoenix by 6

November 19
Cleveland by 10
GSW by 4

November 20
SAS by 15
GSW by 11

posted by tron7 at 02:17 PM on November 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A game being called evenly is suspicious?

posted by tron7 at 03:46 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Football looks pretty chaotic when you can't tell the teams apart.

posted by tron7 at 10:54 AM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

N.Y. Jets by 3
Green Bay by 7
Carolina by 3
St. Louis by 3
Philadelphia by 3
Pittsburgh by 3
Dallas by 3
Washington by 6
Baltimore by 7
Oakland by 13
Denver by 3
New England by 3
Arizona by 3
Cincinnati by 17 - L-L-L-Lock-it

posted by tron7 at 11:30 AM on November 12

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 3

November 11:
LAC by 12
SAS by 7

November 12:
GSW by 25 - Dunk Test
LAC by 12

posted by tron7 at 02:24 PM on November 11