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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Why did that game end without a PAT attempt? I thought that was required by the rules on a touchdown scored as time expired.

posted by rcade at 10:30 AM on November 19, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Hamilton by 9

Winnipeg by 3

Passer: Dane Evans

Sacks: Saskatchewan

posted by rcade at 11:07 AM on November 17, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Miami 2-Game Winning Streak Edition

Anyone who lays on 49ers @ -14 or even -10.5 is a fool.

I only have 49ers by 10, so that's a relief.

Changing pick to San Francisco by 3 no lock.

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on November 17, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: Cellar Dweller Warrior Edition

You must be glad you missed. How are they losing these games?

posted by rcade at 07:39 PM on November 15, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: Cellar Dweller Warrior Edition

Thursday
Dallas by 13 (dunk)
Denver by 13 (dunk)

Friday
Utah by 7 (dunk)
Boston by 15 (dunk)

posted by rcade at 06:20 PM on November 14, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Miami 2-Game Winning Streak Edition

Cleveland by 3
Dallas by 7
Jacksonville by 3
Buffalo by 10 (lock)
Minnesota by 13 (lock)
New Orleans by 7
Washington by 3
Carolina by 6
Baltimore by 3
San Francisco by 10 (lock)
Oakland by 9 (lock)
Philadelphia by 3
L.A. Rams by 7
Kansas City by 7

Vegas, 538, and Yahoo Pick 'Em agree on everything this week, though Nate Silver's ELO has tonight's game as a 50/50. I'm picking upsets by Cleveland, Jacksonville and Philadelphia (over New England) while hoping Texans/Ravens is on locally. That showdown could be special.

The line on Cardinals at 49ers has moved from -14 to -10.5. Seems like a lot when there's no big injury news.

posted by rcade at 04:51 PM on November 14, 2019

He told a kid to slide. Then he got sued.

Comment moved!

posted by rcade at 04:16 PM on November 14, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Miami 2-Game Winning Streak Edition

I'm working on scores from last week now and they will be posted forthwith.

posted by rcade at 04:14 PM on November 14, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does anyone find it weird that Andy Reid gets so little national media attention as the coach of one of the NFL's best and most exciting teams? When Reid was in Philly the media couldn't shut up about him. Now he's practically invisible, which is hard to be in an enormous reflective red windbreaker.

It seemed like every time a Chiefs coach was shown yesterday on RedZone it was defensive coordinator Stephen Spagnuolo.

posted by rcade at 12:45 PM on November 11, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Switching to Chicago by 7 with the Matt Stafford news.

posted by rcade at 01:02 PM on November 10, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 6

Calgary by 9

Medlock

Under

posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on November 10, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Detroit by 3
Baltimore by 13 (lock)
Buffalo by 7 (lock)
Kansas City by 10 (lock)
New Orleans by 7 (lock)
N.Y. Giants by 1
Arizona by 3
Indianapolis by 7 (lock)
Green Bay by 3
L.A. Rams by 3
Dallas by 4
San Francisco by 3

The closest game on Yahoo is Chicago 57% over Detroit. The line's Chicago -6.5 and 538 has it at Chicago -3.5. I'm ignoring all that and picking the Lions to upset the Bears at Soldier Field.

The second closest is Dallas 63% over Minnesota. I'm tempted to pick the Vikings but I usually like the Cowboys in big night games at Jerryworld.

Buffalo at Cleveland's a split between Yahoo (74% Buffalo) and the line (-3 Cleveland). I am down on the Browns.

The Vegas Insider line in the battle of the Meadowlands moved from Jets -1.5 to Giants -3. Yahoo likes the Giants (84%) and Nate Silver's Commodore 64 with the floppy drive add-on likes the Jets -3.5. I blame the incongruities on the difficulty of accepting that one of these teams is going to beat another NFL team. I should pick a tie.

Seattle at San Fran is a helluva Monday night game.

posted by rcade at 10:18 AM on November 10, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

Wednesday
Houston by 30 (dunk)
L.A. Clippers by 7

Friday
Washington by 9 (dunk)
L.A. Lakers by 3

posted by rcade at 05:42 PM on November 06, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

The Hornets play in Charlotte?

Fixed. My NBA on TV source only uses mascots, testing my cognitive ability to match them with cities.

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on November 06, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

Fixed. I've notified the Bucks and Trail Blazers.

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on November 05, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition

To get us up to the six-game minimum I added the Lakers/Heat game Friday on NBA TV, which all of a sudden is a big game.

posted by rcade at 08:23 AM on November 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does anyone else think NFL announcers are insufferable about singing the praises of unproven hyped players (particularly quarterbacks)? Booger McFarland is rooting so hard for Daniel Jones tonight on MNF that Jones' mom thinks he's getting carried away.

posted by rcade at 10:01 PM on November 04, 2019

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run

As a Jags fan I was psyched about the Browns before the season began. For several years here, the best chance of seeing a competitive game in Jacksonville was when Cleveland came to town because we were equally terrible. Rooting for them this year was going to be like seeing Ralphie pummel Skut Farkus.

Baker Mayfield looked like the real deal last year.

posted by rcade at 06:09 PM on November 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Unless the blimp can see the beer line or restroom line, it's going to miss me.

posted by rcade at 09:28 AM on November 03, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Edmonton by 7
Hamilton by 18
B.C. by 3

posted by rcade at 11:03 AM on November 02, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I made a minor adjustment to the web server configuration's HTTPS settings. Let me know if anything's weird.

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on November 01, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

San Francisco by 9 (lock)
Jacksonville by 3
Buffalo by 10
Minnesota by 7 (lock)
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 7
Indianapolis by 3
Carolina by 7 (lock)
Detroit by 3
Seattle by 7 (lock)
Cleveland by 7 (lock)
Green Bay by 7
Baltimore by 3
Dallas by 10 (lock)

Go Ravens!

posted by rcade at 08:12 PM on October 31, 2019

Deadspin is Revolting

I kept the spam in because of the use of "moistly," which seemed an appropriately salacious word choice for the topic.

It hasn't sunk in yet that Deadspin is being killed. I can't see anything filling in the void it leaves behind unless some media outlet pulls a bunch of ex staffers and gives them license to go nuts.

posted by rcade at 02:36 PM on October 31, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

The sound of the home run hitting the foul pole will haunt Astros fans for a long time.

I never thought I'd see an entire Series where the home fans never left the stadium happy.

posted by rcade at 01:44 AM on October 31, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

Sorry. It eats HTML in headlines.

posted by rcade at 12:50 AM on October 31, 2019

Deadspin is Revolting

I don't want to see it strip-mined and left in utter ruin, but I have a love-hate relationship with Deadspin, which we've been following on SportsFilter since it was a wee bairn.

The reflexive snark, profanity, convention flouting and juvenile humor had become as tired as a Chris Berman nickname. But I still checked the site often, particularly when there was a story I knew it would cover first and with a higher bullshit detector than traditional sports media, such as the Astros exec's how dare you take offense at a domestic abuser tirade.

posted by rcade at 09:23 PM on October 30, 2019

Piffle, or not piffle?

Great post! I thought that was actually Mike Schmidt for a moment.

One of the things I love about Men in Blazers is that they unearthed the George Michael Sports Machine sign for their show.

posted by rcade at 08:52 PM on October 30, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition

Wednesday
Boston by 4
L.A. Clippers by 8

Thursday
Atlanta by 9
Denver by 3

Friday
Houston by 5
Dallas by 6

posted by rcade at 08:42 PM on October 30, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition

Let me know if you got the pick 'em email I just sent. I'm checking whether all email sent from this server is being filed as spam.

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on October 30, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Calgary by 7
Montreal by 3
Toronto by 10
Saskatchewan by 6

posted by rcade at 06:50 PM on October 25, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters

Traded for ...

Thanks for the correction.

Taubman has been deservedly fired.

posted by rcade at 08:43 PM on October 24, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Seeing Ghosts Edition

Minnesota by 23 (lock)
Seattle by 7 (lock)
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 7
Detroit by 10 (lock)
Tampa Bay by 3
Indianapolis by 7 (lock)
L.A. Rams by 13 (lock)
New Orleans by 9 (lock)
Jacksonville by 7
Carolina by 3
New England by 13 (lock)
Houston by 7
Green Bay by 3 (lock)
Pittsburgh by 13 (lock)

This is a weekend of expected routs and unanimous consensus on Vegas, 538 and Yahoo Pick 'em. The hardest to pick are Philly/Buffalo and Tampa Bay/Tennessee. I'm going with the Bills to hold serve and the Bucs to upset the not-as-bad-as-I-hoped Titans in Nashville.

The Vegas odds site I check still has "Cam Newton OUT" as if that's a bad thing. They're clearly better without the only star quarterback the refs never protected.

I should tighten the spread on the Patriots beating the Browns because of a heavy rain forecast, but how can I take that seriously when the closest thing the NFL has to Old Testament God scoffs at the prediction?

Nine locks is my season high. It feels weird to lock the Packers on a 3-point spread in Kansas City, but being surrounded by that sea of red will keep it close as Aaron Rodgers ensures the W.

posted by rcade at 07:14 PM on October 24, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em Contest

Wednesday
Philadelphia by 9
Denver by 4

Thursday
Milwaukee by 4
Golden State by 6

Friday
Dallas by 6
L.A. Lakers by 4

posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on October 23, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em Contest

Toronto by 8

It's a pretty good sign to hit the exact score of the pick 'em opener.

Toronto by eight *slam dunk*

And here's a better one.

posted by rcade at 07:51 AM on October 23, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters

That should remove any doubt about the motivation for Taubman's abusive behavior. It takes a special breed of jerk to feel aggrieved because it didn't sit well with some people that his championship-caliber team signed an alleged domestic abuser.

posted by rcade at 09:25 PM on October 22, 2019

High school cancels football season, fires every coach after suspended player suits up with different identity

Those crazy kids also play under fake names and do media interviews!

posted by rcade at 05:26 PM on October 22, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em Contest

Tuesday
Toronto by 8
L.A. Clippers by 7

posted by rcade at 05:22 PM on October 22, 2019

NBA GMs Expect a Clippers/Bucks NBA Finals

I can't recall an upcoming NBA season this wide open. Free agency has blown up the status quo real good.

posted by rcade at 05:47 PM on October 21, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em Contest

Four seasons and four champions! Pete Rozelle would be proud.

posted by rcade at 07:58 PM on October 20, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

I violated the sanctity of the Costanza by not picking this week. Apologies to our friends from the North.

posted by rcade at 09:29 AM on October 20, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition

L.A. Rams by 3
Buffalo by 10 (lock)
Jacksonville by 3
Detroit by 3
Green Bay by 3
Houston by 7
N.Y. Giants by 7
San Francisco by 13 (lock)
L.A. Chargers by 7
Chicago by 4
Seattle by 7 (lock)
Dallas by 3
New England by 7 (lock)

I'm going with an upset win for the Lions, who deserved to bring one home from Lambeau last week. I want to pick the Raiders to do what the Lions couldn't at Lambeau with Davante Adams out and Geronimo Allison questionable, but Aaron Rodgers will discount double-check a way.

I'm surprised Indianapolis is favored over Houston by both Vegas (-1) and 538 (51%), though it's a coin flip for both. I'm going Texans.

The Chargers/Titans game in Nashville has an interesting split. Tennessee has the line at -2.5 and 538 at 55%, but the collective will of Yahoo is 70% L.A. I agree with the collective. The Flaming Thumbtacks are exactly where this bitter 1999 AFC Championship Game attendee wants to see them -- flailing and feckless.

No Patriots loss this week (heavy sigh). If you're also wondering when New England might get a first loss this season, they play Cleveland, Baltimore (road), Philly (road), Dallas, Houston (road) and Kansas City after this Jets game. I see 1-2 losses as a pretty reasonable hope if somebody can hit their thermal exhaust port.

posted by rcade at 09:19 AM on October 20, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition

I've corrected Jagsnumberone's score to reflect the New England lock.

My pick tonight: Kansas City by 10 (lock)

posted by rcade at 11:08 AM on October 17, 2019

A very analog hobby finds a way to thrive in the digital age: How Baseball Cards Got Weird

This is depraved and I love it. Looks like I can get my Charlie Hough rookie card PSA Graded for $20.

posted by rcade at 05:14 PM on October 12, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

It's 3-3 in the first quarter. I'm throwing myself on the mercy of the court and picking Toronto by 13.

Saskatchewan by 5.

Montreal by 3.

Edmonton by 7.

posted by rcade at 07:39 PM on October 11, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: One Less Gruden Edition

New England by 14 (lock)
Tampa Bay by 3
Seattle by 7
Kansas City by 7
Washington by 3
Minnesota by 7
New Orleans by 3
Baltimore by 14 (lock)
L.A. Rams by 7
Atlanta by 3
Denver by 3
Dallas by 7 (lock)
L.A. Chargers by 7
Green Bay by 6

Cleveland being favored to beat Seattle is insane. I like Miami to win the Tua Bowl by losing to Washington at home. Otherwise I expect no surprises.

posted by rcade at 09:56 PM on October 08, 2019

Jay Gruden Out as Washington Coach

Jacksonville will trade Ramsey to any bad team that offers two first rounders. They might at this point take two first rounders from anyone now that he's claiming a dubious back injury that keeps him off the field.

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on October 08, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: 902 Passing Yards Edition

L.A. Rams by 3
Arizona by 7
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 7
New Orleans by 3
Minnesota by 7 (lock)
Philadelphia by 10 (lock)
Baltimore by 3
New England by 13 (lock)
Jacksonville by 3
Houston by 7
L.A. Chargers by 6 (lock)
Dallas by 7
Kansas City by 7 (lock)
Cleveland by 3

I can't pick Cincinnati after Monday night. Arizona in a convincing upset. I also like Cleveland to go to San Francisco and take a W home. Otherwise I'm light on underdogs.

On Yahoo Pick 'Em three teams have 3 percent or less of fans choosing them to win: Jets (at Eagles), Washington (at Patriots) and Colts (at Chiefs).

posted by rcade at 10:55 PM on October 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Edmonton by 8

Saskatchewan by 7

Montreal by 3

posted by rcade at 03:35 PM on September 28, 2019

Koharski's Donuts Returns on ESPN Fantasy Hockey

This is a good chance to join an NHL fantasy league that players care about. Rumple, my brother and I have played all of the seasons. Four other players have been around for four.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on September 26, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

grum and jjzucal, hedging your bets by taking the Chargers in both halves of the rare NFL doubleheader?

Ha! I've corrected the schedule to reflect that the Rams are playing the Bucs. Any Chargers/Bucs pick will be treated as a Rams/Buc pick unless you post a revision.

Why does L.A. deserve two good teams? In Florida we rarely get one.

posted by rcade at 01:30 PM on September 26, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

last season was a cruel tease for Browns' fans

Making matters worse, it seems like every Cleveland game is airing nationally.

posted by rcade at 10:29 AM on September 25, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

Philadelphia by 3
Atlanta by 4
New England by 7 (lock)
Kansas City by 13 (lock)
Indianapolis by 3
L.A. Chargers by 13 (lock)
Washington by 3
Baltimore by 7
Houston by 3
L.A. Rams by 10 (lock)
Seattle by 6
Chicago by 10
Jacksonville by 3
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 7 (lock)

I don't care that Philly's an underdog. Green Bay is ready for a letdown with Aaron Rodgers continuing to be less formidable than his mustache would suggest.

Washington vs. N.Y Football Giants is a game that both teams should lose. Lacking that option I'm going with a Washington upset because Saquan is in street clothes. Daniel Jones was good in his first start but there will be setbacks for him. Not every team can roll out a peerless rookie like Gardner Minshew Deuce.

I'm picking Jacksonville at Mile High because I can't bear the alternative.

The game that's most dividing America is Minnesota at Chicago, with a 48% Vikings, 52% Bears split on Yahoo.

The one I most want to see is Buffalo smacking New England in the snoot, even though to oppose the Hoodie is to see all joy turn to ashes in your mouth.

P.s. These predictions are brought to you by a growler of Scurvy IPA from Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach.

posted by rcade at 11:19 PM on September 24, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition

Last weeks pick third from the bottom you have me picking New England by 3 and gave me 5 points, that was actually New Orleans by 3 and New Orleans lost. You already correctly credited me 10 points for my New England lock victory the sixth game from the top.

Fixed. Thanks!

posted by rcade at 10:32 PM on September 24, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition

Kudos to Tommytrump for being the only player to get the New England line close enough for extra points in a 43-point massacre.

posted by rcade at 11:07 PM on September 17, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition

Only one upset came through for me last week: Atlanta topped Philadelphia. I'm picking the Falcons again as an underdog going into Indy to play the Luck-less Colts, but I don't see how Vegas is favoring Indianapolis. I've picked Atlanta as an upset winner all three weeks.

I also have the Cardinals as an underdog victor over the Panthers. I want to pick the Browns in a home upset over the Rams but can't commit. On Yahoo there's not much temptation to go against Los Angeles -- it's currently 90%/10%.

The game I'd most like to see is Kansas City hosting Baltimore.

The less said about my Cincinnati pick last week the better.

Jacksonville by 3
Buffalo by 3
Dallas by 23 (lock)
Green Bay by 7
Atlanta by 3
Kansas City by 10
Minnesota by 7
New England by 24 (lock)
Philadelphia by 7 (lock)
Arizona by 3
Tampa Bay by 7 (lock)
L.A. Chargers by 3
San Francisco by 9 (lock)
Seattle by 7 (lock)
L.A. Rams by 7
Chicago by 3

posted by rcade at 11:05 PM on September 17, 2019

Ben Roethlisberger Out for Season With Elbow Injury

Except for one quarter in which Nick Foles played, the Jaguars have always been in clear and undeniable need for Kaepernick. I challenge any other franchise to surpass our demonstrated mediocrity at the position.

posted by rcade at 10:13 PM on September 16, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"See all the guys rubbing their jerseys? They're eligible receivers with ineligible numbers." -- James Lofton, calling the Jags/Texans game

posted by rcade at 03:33 PM on September 15, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 13.

posted by rcade at 03:57 PM on September 14, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Broken Clavicle Edition

Carolina by 7
Cincinnati by 3
L.A. Chargers by 3
Minnesota by 7
Tennessee by 3
New England by 20 (lock)
N.Y. Giants by 6
Pittsburgh by 3
Dallas by 3
Baltimore by 10 (lock)
Houston by 7 (lock)
Kansas City by 7 (lock)
Chicago by 3
L.A. Rams by 3
Atlanta by 3
Cleveland by 3

I like the Vikings, Giants and Falcons as upsets this week, though Vegas flipped from Atlanta to Philly as favorite and it's still only a 1.5-point spread. I'm going sharply against Yahoo consensus by picking the Vikings and Bengals.

The most exciting game looks to be Saints at Rams. I can't believe New Orleans comes into this game 1-0, when all Houston had to do was play the receivers at the line! Brees was never going to throw a hail mary needing seven yards for field goal range and just enough time to call timeout for the kicker.

posted by rcade at 10:09 PM on September 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

CBS switched off of Jaguars/Chiefs in the third quarter. I couldn't remember a local game being switched off for a more competitive one, but it turns out we lost the game here because of technical difficulties. It's still off with two minutes in the game!

I can't remember that ever happening before. Gardner Minshew's greatest performance as a pro and we can't see it.

posted by rcade at 03:59 PM on September 08, 2019