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Roger Goodell's unstoppable football machine

Great read. Thanks for posting this.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:44 AM on February 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I hope this makes Caldwell take a long, hard look at whether he wants to keep his $22M QB.

Who would they replace Stafford with? I am by no means a Stafford fan but he is the best the Lions can get at this point.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:55 PM on February 01

"A Guy Like Me"

It really seems like the NHL engaged in some shady business to keep Scott out of the All Star game.

Good for him for embracing it. This year will be the first year I watch the NHL star game in a long time.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:04 PM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

TCU/Oregon certainly made up for the dud that was the New Years Six games!

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:36 AM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I started going to the Lions Thanksgiving game three years ago. The Lions have won three straight on Thanksgiving (after losing nine straight). Coincidence or cosmic powers at work?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:54 AM on November 27

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

This cannot be much worse than the regular season.

Toronto by 5
Calgary by 18
Paredes
Under

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:46 AM on November 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Toronto by 7
Hamilton by 15
BC by 6
Montreal by 13

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:32 PM on November 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Toronto by 16
Calgary by 24
Ottawa by 5
Edmonton by 10

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:48 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 16
Hamilton by 12
Winnipeg by 5
Edmonton by 20

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:53 PM on October 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

Cincinnati by 16
Denver by 12
Detroit by 6
Miami by 10
Kansas City by 3
Washington by 12
Arizona aby 14
Jacksonville by 6
Carolina by 3
Green Bay by 10
Baltimore by 14
New England by 10
New York Giants by 5

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:11 AM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Note the multiple instances of "multiple" there.

I read it was requiring teams (and fantasy matchup outcomes) to rest on more than just a single game. For example, it seems like it would be illegal to draft a fantasy football team of only Lions players. I think daily fantasy sports are fine so long as you choose players involved in two different matchups.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:40 AM on October 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Ottawa by 6
Calgary by 17
Edmonton by 4
Montreal by 10

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:37 PM on October 15

Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly

The worst part about the Lions is the apathy that pervades the entire organization.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:37 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Ottawa by 16
Hamilton by 12
Winnipeg by 5
Montreal by 7

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:55 AM on October 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

I believe I managed to score the most pathetic 1 point week possible.

Ottawa by 10
Hamilton by 4
Edmonton by 16
BC by 7

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:20 PM on September 30

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 10
New York Jets by 4
Atlanta by 11
New York Giants by 7
Oakland by 10
Cincinnati by 4
Indianapolis by 13
Carolina by 16
Philadelphia by 10
San Diego by 14
Denver by 4
Arizona by 20
Green Bay by 21
New Orleans by 6
Detroit by 6

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:19 PM on September 30

Join Koharski's Donuts, SportsFilter's Fantasy Hockey League

I'm in.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:30 AM on September 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

Washington by 6
Oakland by 3
Atlanta by 13
Indianapolis by 14
St. Louis by 4
San Diego by 10
New England by 20
New York Jets(!?!?) by 7
Carolina by 13
Baltimore by 6
Houston by 9
Arizona by 14
Miami by 4
Seattle by 17
Detroit by 4
Green Bay by 13

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:25 PM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Winnipeg by 3
BC by 6
Ottawa by 12
Montreal by 16

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:22 PM on September 23

Rugby (Union) World Cup Starts Tonight

I really enjoyed watching Six Nations. Hopefully I'll be able to catch some of these games.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:13 PM on September 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

It is extremely disheartening that I am as good at CFL Pick 'EM as I am at NFL Pick 'Em.

Kansas City by 3
New England by 17
Arizona by 10
Cincinnati by 5
Tennessee by 13
Detroit by 3
New Orleans by 11
Atlanta by 4
San Francisco by 3
St. Louis by 10
Carolina by 16
Baltimore by 20
Miami by 9
Dallas by 3
Green Bay by 6
Indianapolis by 10

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:30 PM on September 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

There has been a race for the Costanza all season.

BC by 5
Hamilton by 16
Ottawa by 12
Montreal by 3

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:19 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Well, MCCown is out with a head knock and Manziel went in and promptly lit it up for a TD.

And it was all downhill from there.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:56 PM on September 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Montreal by 10
Winnipeg by 4
Calgary by 13
BC by 5

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:00 AM on September 11

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

New England by 10
Indianapolis by 20 - STONE COLD LOCK
Green Bay by 17
Seattle by 6
Cleveland by 4
Miami by 10
Carolina by 10
Kansas City by 3
New Orleans by 7
San Diego by 4
Denver by 10
Cincinnati by 17
Tampa Bay by 3
Dallas by 6
Philadelphia by 20
Minnesota by 3

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:44 PM on September 09

Federal Judge Tosses Brady's 4-Game NFL Suspension

Goodell has been steadily increasing revenue for the owners. He trounced the NFLPA in the last CBA negotiations. I imagine most owners are quite happy with his performance.

Incidents like this also help keep issues like long term brain damage from being in the headlines.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:37 PM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 3
SASKATCHEWAN by 10
Hamilton by 17
Calgary by 4

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:39 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hamilton by 10
Toronto by 3
Winnipeg by 5
Ottawa by 20

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:13 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

BC by 6
Hamilton by 17
Calgary by 5
Toronto by 3

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:57 PM on August 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 6
Winnipeg by 10
BC by 4
Calgary by 15

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:59 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

I finally did something right!

Edmonton by 10
Montreal by 3
Toronto by 16
Hamilton by 7

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:41 AM on August 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 10
Edmonton by 16
Montreal by 4
Toronto by 3

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:37 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I think in an ordinary game where a no hitter was not on the line the scorer would rule it a hit. It is very hard to get a fielding error in the outfield if it does not hit your glove. But under the circumstances I think it would have been scored an error.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:01 AM on July 27

The Justice Department has ended its criminal case against Barry Bonds.

We used to have some wonderful discussions about Barry Bonds.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:00 AM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 12
BC by 6
Edmonton by 3
Hamilton by 15

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:58 AM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 6
Edmonton by 15
Saskatchewan by 3
Winnipeg by 4

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:36 AM on July 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

New format was fantastic.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:47 PM on July 13

British Strongman Sets Record By Lifting 1,018.5 Pounds

Eddie Hall is insanely strong.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:46 PM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

This is not going well.

Ottawa by 10
Montreal by 6
BC by 12
Toronto by 17

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:06 AM on July 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Winnipeg by 4
Calgary by 12
BC by 3
Saskatchewan by 6

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:34 PM on June 29

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Another futile attempt begins. Maybe one of these days I'll familiarize myself with CFL scoring and actually have a justification for my margin choices.

Montreal by 17
Hamilton by 6
Toronto by 10
Saskatchewan by 20.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:28 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Turns out Mexico and Spain were bad choices.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:23 AM on June 22

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Title

I wonder how much longer the NBA will trot out Bill Russell to "hand out" the MVP award. He was literally being held up during the award presentation.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:38 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Has a member of the losing team ever won Finals MVP in the NBA? LeBron James is unquestionably the MVP of the series but I can't imagine the NBA being willing to give the MVP to a member of the losing team.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:21 AM on June 15

LeBron James Puts Cavaliers Up 2-1 on Warriors

But Barry Bonds was other-worldly: .356/.581/.978 in 74 plate appearances, so the narrative was pretty much Bonds vs everyone else.

In the World Series he put up an insane .471/.700/1.294 in 30 plate appearances!

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:44 PM on June 10

James Scores Triple-Double as Cavs Even NBA Finals at 1

LeBron has averaged 42.4 minutes per game in his post-season career. Maybe he will wear down (especially after playing 46 and 50 minutes during the first two games) but he just seems to take it to another level in the playoffs.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:51 PM on June 08

Football Coach Creates Rivalry Game Without Rival's Knowledge

The teams have only played twice, with UCF winning 62-17 over the Huskies on Oct. 26, 2013. Diaco said that score isn't on the trophy because the game predates his arrival in Storrs.

Rivalry games are great and I do not see a problem in trying to manufacture a rivalry. Worst case scenario is it does not work out and UCF/UCONN remains just another Big East AAC game. That said, leaving off the game that UCF won (very convincingly) is just silly.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:48 PM on June 08

NFL Investigator: Patriots Probably Deflated Balls on Purpose

I only put that last part in because I always wanted to do that. Feels wicked smart.

Pincite and all!

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:45 PM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The out-of-bounds call at the end of the game baffled me. The Duke player's finger clearly moved because the ball hit it and yet they awarded Duke possession. Duke subsequently hit the 3 pointer that pretty much ended Wisconsin. Very unfortunate way for the game to end.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:51 PM on April 07

LA Dodgers set MLB payroll record.

Alex Guerrero is on the 25 man roster. IIRC he has a provision in his contract that requires him to be on the MLB roster this season.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:14 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

To me the more egregious missed call was where the officials declined to call a flagrant foul on the slap. Missing it while on the floor is bad enough. Having the opportunity to review it and then declaring it incidental contact was terrible.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:04 PM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Thanks for posting these Mr. B. I just started watching rugby for the first time shortly after the tournament started.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:53 AM on March 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Super Bowl 0x31 Round

New England by 6

Most passing yards: Tom Brady

Most rushing yards: Marshawn Lynch

Most receiving yards: Edelman

First touchdown: Wilson

Player with a sack: Michael Bennett

Player with an interception: Sherman

Total score: 48

First quarter: 10

Second quarter: 20

Third quarter: 41

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:53 PM on February 01

Josh Gordon Fails Substance Test, Out for Another Year

It sounds like Justin Blackmon is on track to come back next year.

The Josh Gordon situation is sad. Have the Browns/NFLPA failed to give him the help he needs? Or has he really had every opportunity? I don't see him staying on the Browns roster after this.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:19 PM on January 25

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

Seattle by 10
New England by 4

New England
Luck
Lynch
T.Y. Hilton

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:23 PM on January 17

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

I think the ability to motivate is much more important at the college level (e.g., Pete Carroll) so I would not be surprised to see Harbaugh will the team to at least 8 wins next year.

As bad as Michigan looked this year they may have the talent to let Harbaugh give sheer will a rest. Brady Hoke brought in two very good recruiting classes. If Harbaugh is any better than Hoke at developing players (and that really should not be hard) he should be able to field a team that can beat most of the teams on its schedule.

Jones, having done what he did, as a freshman,

Jones was a redshirt sophomore this season. J.T. Barrett was a redshirt freshman.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:30 PM on January 13

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

the rivalry with Michigan is now right back up into the "huge for the whole country" category.

Harbaugh is going to have to win some games first.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:25 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Watching the Cowboys lose because of the Calvin Johnson rule was extremely satisfying.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:19 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Divisional Round

I'll consider last week my first round bye.

New England by 10
Seattle by 14
Dallas by 3
Indy by 4

Indianapolis
Lynch
Charles Johnson, Carolina
19F

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:45 PM on January 10

Cowboys Defeat Lions After Controversial Penalty Non-Call

Sam Martin may be the least clutch punter in the NFL. A ten yard punt in that situation is inexcusable.

The call was frustrating but the Lions have nobody to blame but themselves. Stafford had an opportunity to prove he belongs in the ranks of the NFL's elite and instead he lost two fumbles on the final drive. The Lions have struggled on offense all year and this was no different.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:27 PM on January 05