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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
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

Charles Johnson, Carolina

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

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

I became a fan of the Wings, but because there wasn't a real tradition there for me there was nothing really concrete about that fandom and that allowed the Hurricanes to take root starting in '97.

That was a really bad time to switch from the Wings to the Hurricanes.

I also pull for the Patriots in the playoffs, which is the result of a combination of Tom Brady and the Lions never playing past December.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:10 AM on December 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Rodgers has more talent and health on both sides of the field in GB than he would have in Texas without Watt.

DeAndre Hopkins is quickly becoming one of the best receivers in the league. Arian Foster is a top tier running back. I have a feeling Andre Johnson still has more in the tank than his quarterbacks were getting out of him.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:04 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

All the talk about JJ Watt for MVP is crazy to me. If the Texans had Aaron Rodgers they would on their way to a division title.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:58 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't know that I really want Matt Kemp on the Padres, but Grandal hasn't seemed to be incredibly awesome since getting busted for PEDs, so...

Why not? Kemp has had some health issues but he has great when healthy. He played 150 games last year. His contract is a bargain for his talent, especially with the Dodgers contributing to pay some of it. He will certainly make it on the field more than Carlos Quentin.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:40 PM on December 11

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

Minnesota only lost to the two B1G division champions (including a 1-TD loss to Ohio State in November, when the Buckeyes were rolling), a Big 12 co-champion, and Illinois. That seems like a decent enough reason to put them at the bottom of the rankings.

I am not familiar with the teams outside of the Top 25 so it is possible that there are no better candidates. But Minnesota did not beat a single ranked team. The only seemingly quality victory they have is over Nebraska. I'm not sure a Top 25 resume is built on MAC schools and Northwestern.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:42 PM on December 09

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

I cannot for the life of me figure out why Minnesota is ranked. Was there really nobody else to choose from? Of course, for weeks the committee was touting TCU's victory over Minnesota as the reason to rank them ahead of Baylor despite TCU's head to head loss.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:23 AM on December 09

Tide-Buckeyes, Ducks-Noles

I find it hard to believe that f TCU or Baylor were Oklahoma or Texas they still would have been on the outside looking in.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:20 PM on December 07

Richard Sherman uses cardboard cutout to send NFL a message

That was fun, but I'm having trouble connecting the NFL rule about players wearing or mentioning outside sponsorships near game time with the rule about players talking to the media.

Fining Lynch $100,000 over a disagreement about press availability is pretty harsh.

I see it as a criticism of NFL hypocrisy. I think Sherman also points out that the NFL wants the players talking to the media but only on their own terms. Certainly not as far as having players do interviews for the sole purpose to endorse products but the point of the press conference was to be over the top.

I thought it was a very well thought out and pointed critique of the NFL. Doug Baldwin crouching behind a Subway cardboard cutout of himself was brilliant.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:37 PM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jeremy Hill thinks the Browns are not that good. He failed to comment on how where Andy Dalton falls on the scale.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:49 AM on November 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Dave Brandon is resigning from his position as University of Michigan Athletic Director.

I continue to be baffled that the Shane Morris debacle is consistently one of the most harped on points against Brandon. It seems to me that decisions concerning on field injuries are a coach's responsibility.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:23 PM on October 31

Top Cardinals Prospect Oscar Tavares Killed in Car Accident

Really sad. One of the most promising young talents that was coming up in the league.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:01 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Brad Ausmus took Anibal Sanchez out after two innings for no discernible reason. One day after taking Max Scherzer out of the game before he had reached 100 pitches. Put Joba in both times despite Joba having an awful second half of the season.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:57 PM on October 03

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Brady Hoke would not be caught dead wearing a headset.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:20 PM on October 01

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

More about the rally here.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:26 AM on October 01

Royals Steal 9-8 Win Over A's in Epic 12-Inning AL Wild Card

Shields was only at 88 pitches too.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:25 AM on October 01

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

The student section immediately broke out into a FIRE BRANDON chant (Dave Brandon is the AD who has pissed off the students, the faculty, the alumni and pretty much everyone else he's physically capable of pissing off at least once in his five-year tenure). Not FIRE BRADY -- I think the students have accepted that Hoke is simply in over his head.

I sit in the front row of the student section. After the game a woman we believe to be Hoke's daughter confronted us saying that the "Fire Brady" chants were "assholeish" and that it affects him/them. We had to explain that we were chanting "Fire Brandon" and not "Fire Brady". There is no real reason to chant "Fire Brady" since he is as good as gone. With all the money Brandon brings into the university it is more likely that they might keep him.

The band also began playing in between every play in an effort to keep us from chanting.

It is extremely likely that Michigan will break its streak of over 100,000 fans in attendance this year. I'm skeptical that they will be able to fill the seats come November when it is colder and they have lost a few more games.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:15 AM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

BC by 12
Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 7
Saskatchewan by 20

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:22 AM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

BC by 20
Edmonton by 5
Hamilton by 3
Saskatchewan by 16

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:17 PM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 5
Saskatchewan by 16
Toronto by 3
Edmonton by 10

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:41 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Does anybody know a good place to find hitting statistics for pitchers? Most sites I have checked have no hitting data for pitchers.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:43 PM on August 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Toronto by 7
Edmonton by 16
Calgary by 15
Saskatchewan by 8
BC by 3

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:24 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Saskatchewan by 8
Edmonton by 20
BC by 3
Calgary by 12

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:39 PM on August 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I saw Jay-Z and Kanye West a couple of years ago and they were fantastic. But if that is not what you are in to I can understand why you would not enjoy it.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:11 PM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Winnipeg by 10
Montreal by 4
Calgary by 14
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:09 PM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Pretty good gig those 2 have getting folks to shell out money to watch them perform karaoke (concert implies music, music implies musicians in my books).

Why did you go?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:51 PM on July 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

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

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:50 PM on July 21

SportsFilter's World Cup Confidence Pool Winner

Thanks for organizing this rcade!

In retrospect, choosing Spain to win was a poor choice.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:00 AM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Edmonton by 10
Toronto by 18
Calgary by 20
BC by 4

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:48 PM on July 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Montreal by 10
Edmonton by 17
Toronto by 8
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:58 AM on July 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Oh dear. Nowhere to go but up. Are there nine teams now?

Winnipeg by 16
Montreal by 3
Edmonton by 10
Saskatchewan by 17

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:36 PM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Thought I'd already posted this: Astros insane trade ideas leaked online.

The Astros went around to just about every team asking for their top prospects in return for Bud Norris. Reading the leaked notes has convinced me that being a baseball GM is simply playing in the highest stakes game of fantasy baseball, complete with ludicrous trade offers.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:36 PM on July 01

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Toronto by 10
Montreal by 6
BC by 15
Hamilton by 3

I think Hamilton is good now?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:28 PM on June 26

World Cup Confidence Pool Leader

Apparently Spain is not good at soccer anymore?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:56 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Confidence pool would be excellent.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:04 PM on May 18

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

I'm not very good at this.

Chicago in 7
Montreal in 6

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:44 AM on May 17

Josh Gordon Failed Drug Test, Faces Year-Long Suspension

At least Detroit fans can go over the bridge and renounce their citizenship in Windsor.

Cleveland fans need to go for a brief swim.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:03 PM on May 10

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Chicago in 6 +2
Boston in 7
Los Angeles in 5 +1
Pittsburgh in 6

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:57 AM on May 02

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life

Wow. I was not sure the NBA would be able to come down on him this hard.

Well done Adam Silver.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:17 PM on April 29

Canadiens Complete 4-Game Sweep of Lightning

Not having Ben Bishop killed the Lightning. Several soft goals last night.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:22 PM on April 23