Recent Comments by rcade

The Wow Factor

Great read. My takeaways from the article:

1. An NFL owner can be around for a quarter-century and still be called part of the "new guard" (Jerrah).

2. The NFL had two bidders on the $90 million Inglewood land: Kroenke and NFL executive Eric Grubman, either for himself or another entity. What a mess! Roger Goodell is a joke.

3. Both stadium proposals being 100% privately financed is a nice exception to absconding with hundreds of millions in public money.

4. The Carson plan included a farmer's market. How did that not cinch the deal?

5. The St. Louis Rams had a league-low valuation of $930 million in 2014. That gives me hope the Jaguars won't eventually be shipped there.

6. NFL owners spend a lot of time at steakhouses.

posted by rcade at 10:09 AM on February 12

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

I'm digging the special-night lock rule, with one wild card.

posted by rcade at 09:59 AM on February 11

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15

Feb. 10
Cleveland by 20
Houston by 6

Feb. 12
U.S. by 10

posted by rcade at 05:03 PM on February 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

You're welcome.

Our results are official, and Tron7 is engaging in deliberation over whether winning a Gregg Easterbrook book is preferential to not winning one. We should run a prediction contest on that.

How do people feel about unlimited locks next season, regular and/or playoffs? I'm still undecided on that one.

posted by rcade at 02:08 PM on February 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15

I missed the early game Tuesday, distracted by the Super Bowl. Apologies to all, but mostly Howard_T because he would've used the game to grow his lead.

I thought it would be fun to throw the two All-Star games into the mix.

This week I was taught a valuable lesson about remembering to pick games.

posted by rcade at 01:58 PM on February 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15

GS @ WASMIN @ LACNY @ DETLAL @ NOIND @ ATLSA @ DALOKC @ GSLAC @ MIA
ResultGS by 13MIN by 6DET by 6LAL by 3ATL by 6SA by 16GS by 8LAC by 7
Margin9 to 174 to 84 to 82 to 44 to 811 to 216 to 105 to 9

Howard wins the week, expanding his lead. I forget to submit picks and fall to fourth. Sad trombone.

SpoFiteGS @ WASSMIN @ LACSNY @ DETSLAL @ NOSIND @ ATLSSA @ DALSOKC @ GSSLAC @ MIASWeekSeason
Howard_TGS13  DET4 ATL++8SAGSLAC858552
Ufez JonesGS14  DET   ATL6SA++ GS8  48518
tron7GS14LAC--DET7  ATL SA13GS LAC 34477
rcadeGS16             8463
NoMichGS++ DET8  ATL8SA GS8  46453

Rules

Pick the winner and spread for each game. Score 5 points if the team wins, 3 more points if your spread is close and another 2 if you hit the spread exactly.

At your option, make one game a slam dunk to triple your score in victory or lose 5 points in defeat.

Read the detailed rules on the first week's post.

If SportsFilter is down and you need to submit your picks, you can send them in email to me.

This Week's Games

Wed.Feb. 108 p.m. ETL.A. Lakers at ClevelandESPN
Wed.Feb. 1010:30 p.m. ETHouston at PortlandESPN
Thu.Feb. 118 p.m. ETNew Orleans at Oklahoma CityTNT
Fri.Feb. 129 p.m. ETU.S.A. at WorldTNT
Sun.Feb. 148 p.m. ETWest at EastTNT
Fri.Feb. 198 p.m. ETIndiana at Oklahoma CityESPN
Fri.Feb. 1910:30 p.m. ETBoston at UtahESPN
Sat.Feb. 208:30 p.m. ETGolden State at L.A. ClippersABC
Sun.Feb. 213:30 p.m. ETCleveland at Oklahoma CityABC
Sun.Feb. 218 p.m. ETL.A. Lakers at ChicagoESPN

Ten games this week, including two All-Star games. The Lakers get two games, Golden State and L.A. Clippers provide a nice preview of a potential Western Conference Finals and LeBron takes the Cavs to Oklahoma City. Donald Trump picks the World to beat the U.S.

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on February 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Nice win, Tron7!

Results are preliminary and will be declared official at noon Wednesday. Check them over for errors.

If Holden had picked himself to win, he would've scored 115 points. That would have tied a Tron7 who did not win the contest but lost to one who did, tearing a hole in the fabric of space/time.

I plan to retire that bonus next time around. I also would like to double the pick-the-winning-team points in the conference championship round (from 5 to 10) and double it again for the Super Bowl (10 to 20). That way the same amount of points is available for picking winning teams in all four rounds of the playoffs.

Any objections?

posted by rcade at 02:36 PM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Current Standings

SportsFilter held an NFL Playoff Pick 'Em contest with a first prize of Gregg Easterbrook's new book The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football.


PlayerTotalW1W2W3W4PlAvg
tron711825322932429.500
holden11220373619428.000
goyoucolts1112547309427.750
tommytrump11039401120427.500
grum@work10530391422426.250
cl9832272316424.500
cixelsyd953032267423.750
bender912041291422.750
beaverboard8621351614421.500
tahoemoj852323354421.250
nomich8025221419420.000
mrk124692328144417.250
rcade682825141417.000
ic23b682543-44417.000
howard_t673043-71416.750
yerfatma59202910--319.667
jagsnumberone5810131817414.500
rumple5013151111412.500
ufez jones471030-29411.750
billsaysthis3030------130.000
rock steady1515------115.000
hincandenza1515------115.000

Tron7 jumps from sixth place to first, winning the week and earning 18 points on bonuses. Ufez Jones takes Costanza glory.

In bonuses, after Tron7, Grum@work, Cixelsyd and Jagsnumberone had 12. Carolina broke locks for Tahoemoj, Cixelsyd, Howard_T, Ic23b, Bender, Mrk124 and Rcade). Nobody nailed the 14-point spread.

Super Bowl Results

Denver by 14 over Carolina

Bonuses

Kicker of first field goal: Brandon McManus (Den) -- tommytrump, Goyoucolts, mrk124, rcade, Ufez Jones, tron7, beaverboard, holden

Scorer of first TD: Malik Jackson (Den)

Most passing yards: Cam Newton (Car), 265 -- tahoemoj, cixelsyd, tommytrump, Howard_T, ic23b, jagsnumberone, Goyoucolts, bender, mrk124, rcade, Ufez Jones, tron7, beaverboard, holden

Most rushing yards: C.J. Anderson (Den), 90 -- tahoemoj, cixelsyd, ic23b, grum@work, rumple, tron7

Most receiving yards: Emmanuel Sanders (Den), 83 -- NoMich, cl

Player with sack or partial sack: Luke Kuechly (Howard_T, ic23b, jagsnumberone, bender), Charles Johnson (tahoemoj), Kony Ealy of Carolina, Von Miller (cixelsyd, NoMich, grum@work, rumple, Goyoucolts, mrk124, tron7, holden), DeMarcus Ware (rcade, Ufez Jones), Chris Harris Jr., Derek Wolfe (beaverboard), Darian Stewart of Denver

Player with interception: Kony Ealy (Car), T.J. Ward (Den)

Player with first turnover: Cam Newton (Car) -- cixelsyd, NoMich, jagsnumberone, grum@work, tron7, cl

MVP: Von Miller (Den) -- jagsnumberone, grum@work

Contest winner: tron7 (who did pick himself)

Full contest rules here.

Check your score on the results spreadsheet at Google Docs.

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I thought Coldplay might be good during the halftime show.

I thought wrong.

It's weird when your headliner is dressed like the least interesting thing on the field, yields way to two better headliners of recent years and then doesn't do much of anything to accompany them. (Bruno Mars and Beyonce were good, though.)

The only thing Coldplay led that worked was the montage of past halftime acts, which put the band in the background or didn't show them at all.

posted by rcade at 11:32 AM on February 08

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

In 2014 after a playoff game, Manning answered a question by saying, "What's weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth."

I have a theory about what's going on here. Around a decade ago the NFL banned alcohol promotion by players even though the owners are making huge money from it. Manning's mad that he can't do a deal with Budweiser so he's doing an unpaid one anyway to poke the league in the eye.

posted by rcade at 08:28 AM on February 08

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

Let the boys enjoy the moment ... with a Budweiser.

There's something appallingly beautiful about this. Mr. Love of the Game gets a magical moment and when millions watch to see his emotional reaction, he gives us an NFL-unsanctioned beer promotion.

posted by rcade at 08:19 AM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

I emailed Holden about making picks, but I don't know if his SportsFilter email is still active. If anyone knows how to contact him, please do so forthwith.

posted by rcade at 02:09 PM on February 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

If everybody with a decent chance of winning picks themselves to win, I think that bonus has the practical effect of cutting three points off the first place player's lead. I may retire that one after this contest. So it has one final chance to throw us into a logical conundrum of epic proportions.

posted by rcade at 01:47 PM on February 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Carolina by 34 <-- lock

Total Score: 60

First FG: Brandon McManus

First TD: Cam Newton

Passing: Cam Newton

Rushing: Jonathan Stewart

Receiving: DeMaryius Thomas

Sack: DeMarcus Ware

Interception: Luke Kuechley

First turnover: Peyton Manning

MVP: Cam Newton

Contest winner: rcade

posted by rcade at 01:36 PM on February 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

I had both teams correct and locked plus three other correct answers, so I should have 29 instead of 19 for last week.

Fixed.

posted by rcade at 10:40 AM on February 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

What happens if Holden is tied with me and we both pick ourselves?

Schroedinger's tiebreaker.

posted by rcade at 10:38 AM on February 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Current Standings

SportsFilter is holding an NFL Playoff Pick 'Em contest with a first prize of Gregg Easterbrook's new book The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football.

PlayerTotalW1W2W3PlAvg
goyoucolts102254730334.000
holden93203736331.000
tommytrump90394011330.000
bender90204129330.000
cixelsyd88303226329.333
tron786253229328.667
grum@work83303914327.667
cl82322723327.333
tahoemoj81232335327.000
beaverboard72213516324.000
rcade67282514322.333
howard_t663043-7322.000
mrk12465232814321.667
ic23b642543-4321.333
nomich61252214320.333
yerfatma59202910319.667
jagsnumberone41101318313.667
rumple39131511313.000
ufez jones381030-2312.667
billsaysthis3030----130.000
rock steady1515----115.000
hincandenza1515----115.000

Goyoucolts takes the lead by 9 after being seven points down last week. Holden wins the week and climbs from ninth to second place. Ufez Jones has a one-point lead for the Costanza with a -2 week as Rumple and Jagsnumberone are within 3.

Jonathan Stewart was a bonus machine for a second straight week. Cl led all players with six bonus points, followed by Tahoemoj with 5 and Holden 4. Broken locks: New England (grum@work, ic23b, cl, rumple, howard_t, mrk124) and Arizona (nomich, ic23b, howard_t, ufez jones, jagsnumberone, rcade). Nobody nailed a spread.

Conference Championship Results

Denver by 2 over New England
Carolina by 34 over Arizona

Bonuses

Most total yards: Carolina, 476 (grum@work, cl, mrk124, bender)

Most turnovers given away: Arizona, 7 (tron7, tahoemoj, holden1, cl, Goyoucolts, bender)

Most passing yards: Cam Newton, 335 (cl)

Most rushing yards: Jonathan Stewart, 83 (grum@work, tahoemoj, tommytrump, NoMich, holden, ic23b, cl, rumple, Goyoucolts, Howard_T, Ufez Jones, jagsnumberone, bender, beaverboard)

Most receiving yards: Rob Gronkowski, 144 (tahoemoj, rumple, rcade)

Sack or partial sack: NE: Jamie Collins, Alan Branch; Den: Derek Wolfe, Von Miller (tron7, grum@work, holden, jagsnumberone), DeMarcus Ware (cixelsyd, tahoemoj, tommytrump, ic23b, mrk124, beaverboard); Ari: Ed Stinson; Car: Kawann Short (cl, rcade), Charles Johnson (NoMich), Kyle Love

Interception: Den: Von Miller, Darian Stewart; Ari: Patrick Peterson (NoMich, holden, jagsnumberone); Car: Luke Kuechly (tron7, mrk124), Kurt Coleman (cixelsyd, tahoemoj, cl, rcade), Tre Boston

Super Bowl 0x32

Denver vs. Carolina

Tiebreaker

Pick the total score of the game. (If two players choose the same score, the one who posted it first wins.)

Bonus Categories

Pick the kicker who scores the first field goal.
Pick the player who scores the first touchdown.
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards.
Pick the player with the most rushing yards.
Pick the player with the most receiving yards.
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack.
Pick a player who will get an interception.
Pick the player who commits the first turnover.
Pick the game's MVP.
Pick the SportsFilter user who will win this contest.

Make your picks and a spread for this week's games to score 5 to 10 points. Pick one or more games as a stone cold lead pipe lock (optional) and double your score in victory or lose 5 points in defeat. Hit a bonus for 3 points. Full contest rules here.

If SportsFilter is down and you need to submit your picks, you can send them in email to me.

Check your score last week on the results spreadsheet at Google Docs.

posted by rcade at 03:21 PM on February 05

U.S. Soccer Lawsuit Reveals Home Addresses of USWNT Players

This was a terrible mistake (presumably), but any celebrity who puts their name on a mortgage has a home address that's easy to find online. I doubt that Megan Rapinoe and the other players felt 100% secure that their address was unknown before this.

It's a shame women's pro soccer hasn't found a strong market yet for the game. I am looking forward to seeing Alex Morgan debut for the Orlando Pride this year.

posted by rcade at 10:57 AM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This story about 1970s Vikings linebacker Fred McNeil is another CTE tragedy, made especially poignant because the brain that was damaged by the game was brilliant enough to make him a partner at a law firm after he retired.

I can remember owning the Vikings/Raiders electric football game and lining up McNeil to put a vibrating slobberknocker on an opponent. It is hard to love this game.

posted by rcade at 12:29 AM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If you ask Gronk on live TV to give you a lap dance, he will.

posted by rcade at 08:52 PM on February 04

With NFL Rams gone, St. Louis still stuck with stadium debt

The NFL is loathsome.

It would be nice if Congress passed a federal law that forbid a single dollar of public financing being spent on privately owned sports stadiums. As long as leagues can pit one city against another they will be able to feast on the public trough for millions while genuine civic needs go unmet.

posted by rcade at 03:49 PM on February 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

Feb. 3
Golden State by 16
L.A. Clippers by 10

Feb. 4
New Orleans by 16

posted by rcade at 03:40 PM on February 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

Note: Next week's games begin earlier than normal: There are two games on Tuesday. Watch for this post that morning.

posted by rcade at 01:59 PM on February 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

HOU @ SADAL @ GSNY @ TORCHI @ LALSA @ CLECHI @ LAC
Result SA by 31GS by 20TOR by 10CHI by 23CLE by 14LAC by 27
Margin22 to 40 14 to 267 to 13 16 to 3010 to 18 19 to 35

Ufez wins the week and picks up 14 points on first-place Howard. We all miss Cleveland beating San Antonio.

SpoFiteHOU @ SASDAL @ GSSNY @ TORSCHI @ LALSSA @ CLESCHI @ LACSWeekSeason
Howard_TSA GS18TOR++ CHI    33494
Ufez JonesSAGS17TOR++13CHI   LAC47470
rcade  GSTOR CHI++19  LAC 39455
tron7SA GS++TOR10CHI   LAC 40443
NoMichSAGSTOR++12CHI     33407

Rules

Pick the winner and spread for each game. Score 5 points if the team wins, 3 more points if your spread is close and another 2 if you hit the spread exactly.

At your option, make one game a slam dunk to triple your score in victory or lose 5 points in defeat.

Read the detailed rules on the first week's post.

If SportsFilter is down and you need to submit your picks, you can send them in email to me.

This Week's Games

Wed.Feb. 38 p.m. ETGolden State at WashingtonESPN
Wed.Feb. 310:30 p.m. ETMinnesota at L.A. ClippersESPN
Thu.Feb. 47 p.m. ETNew York at DetroitTNT
Thu.Feb. 49:30 p.m. ETL.A. Lakers at New OrleansTNT
Fri.Feb. 57 p.m. ETIndiana at AtlantaESPN
Fri.Feb. 59:30 p.m. ETSan Antonio at DallasESPN
Sat.Feb. 69 p.m. ETOklahoma City at Golden StateESPN
Sun.Feb. 72 p.m. ETL.A. Clippers at MiamiABC

The Washington Wizards make a rare appearance in a national game, but have to play 44-4 Golden State. The Lakers and Pelicans face off in a battle of scrubs. Oklahoma City at 37-13 (9-1 in their last 10) should be a good challenge for Golden State at home. 

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on February 03

Here's to You, Mister Curtain of Distraction Guy

Weird. I guess I also was distracted.

posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I have my doubts. The way he moves and pulls his arms up at the last second looks like he might not have seen him. He also looked like he was dazed and looking down a few moments earlier.

posted by rcade at 12:52 PM on January 28

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

I missed the San Antonio result by 51 points. That's got to be a record.

posted by rcade at 09:19 AM on January 28

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Jan. 27
San Antonio by 31
Golden State by 20

posted by rcade at 09:18 AM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's awesome. Kids are upping their begging game at major sports these days.

Aga Radwanska has the most watchable style of tennis going. A shame she couldn't take Serena Williams to a third set today, but Serena was too strong, too fast and too yellow.

posted by rcade at 10:56 PM on January 27

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Yep. You got the change in before tipoff.

posted by rcade at 10:39 PM on January 27

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

Jan. 27
Houston by 20
Golden State by 13

Jan. 28
Toronto by 16
Chicago by 19 <-- slam dunk

Jan. 30
San Antonio by 8

Jan. 31
L.A. Clippers by 4

I'd like to pick the Cavs over Spurs, but they play the night before on the road while San Antonio will be coming off a three-day break.

posted by rcade at 03:37 PM on January 27

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

GS @ CHIATL @ PORLAC @ CLESA @ PHOMIA @ TORIND @ GSCHI @ CLE
ResultGS by 31ATL by 6CLE by 13SA by 28TOR by 20GS by 12CHI by 13
Margin22 to 404 to 89 to 1720 to 3614 to 268 to 169 to 17

Howard_T and Tron7 win the week while the standings remain the same. Nobody thought Chicago would beat Cleveland on the road, but the Blatt-less Cavaliers drop one to the Bulls.

SpoFiteGS @ CHISATL @ PORSLAC @ CLESSA @ PHOSMIA @ TORSIND @ GSSCHI @ CLESWeekSeason
Howard_TGS ATL6CLE9SA TOR GS+++ 48461
Ufez JonesGSATL7CLE9SA   GS+++ 41424
rcadeGS  CLE SA TOR GS+++16  44416
tron7GS ATLCLE13SA+++ TOR GS15 48403
NoMichGS CLE SA+++ TOR GS14 38374

Rules

Pick the winner and spread for each game. Score 5 points if the team wins, 3 more points if your spread is close and another 2 if you hit the spread exactly.

At your option, make one game a slam dunk to triple your score in victory or lose 5 points in defeat.

Read the detailed rules on the first week's post.

If SportsFilter is down and you need to submit your picks, you can send them in email to me.

This Week's Games

Wed.Jan. 278 p.m. ETHouston at San AntonioESPN
Wed.Jan. 2710:30 p.m. ETDallas at Golden StateESPN
Thu.Jan. 288 p.m. ETNew York at TorontoTNT
Thu.Jan. 2810:30 p.m. ETChicago at L.A. LakersTNT
Sat.Jan. 308 p.m. ETSan Antonio at ClevelandABC
Sun.Jan. 3110:30 p.m. ETChicago at L.A. ClippersABC

Lots of Texas this week, including the Battle of Interstate 10 between the Rockets and Spurs and a Dallas appearance. New York faces a tough 30-win Toronto team on the road and Chicago has an easy and tough game in L.A. (Guess which is which.)

posted by rcade at 02:58 PM on January 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Blind Side mom, still awesome.

posted by rcade at 09:26 AM on January 26

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

The time wasn't expired when they tried the 2-point conversion.

Corrected. Thanks.

posted by rcade at 09:51 AM on January 25

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

How do you figure that? I have you picking Arizona by 9 and they won by 6, which gives extra points for a margin from 4 to 8.

posted by rcade at 10:45 PM on January 24

Carolina Demolishes Arizona to Roll Into Super Bowl 50

The only bad thing I can say about Carolina today: Cam Newton was foolish to leap into the end zone when it wasn't even necessary. Only luck prevented an injury after he was toppled in mid-air by a defender and landed head first. That's the kind of play which thrills everyone until it makes Derek Anderson your starting Super Bowl quarterback.

posted by rcade at 10:30 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

According to the NFL Guide for Statisticians, "No rushing, passing, receiving, interception, fumble or sack statistics shall be credited during an extra-point attempt." So New England gave away 2 turnovers and Roby doesn't get a pick. I edited my comment.

posted by rcade at 08:04 PM on January 24

Carolina Demolishes Arizona to Roll Into Super Bowl 50

Carson, Carson, Carson ...

posted by rcade at 07:41 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

How was that not grounding by Brady?

If you're asking about the 360 spin-around-while-being-sacked throw he did in the final set of downs, I thought that was grounding too.

posted by rcade at 06:47 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Results

Denver by 2

Carolina by 34

Bonus categories

Most total yards: Carolina, 476

Most turnovers given away: Arizona, 7

Most passing yards: Cam Newton, 335

Most rushing yards: Jonathan Stewart, 83

Most receiving yards: Rob Gronkowski, 144

Sack or partial sack: NE: Jamie Collins, Alan Branch; Den: Derek Wolfe, Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware; Ari: Ed Stinson; Car: Kawann Short, Charles Johnson, Kyle Love

Interception: Den: Von Miller, Darian Stewart; Ari: Patrick Peterson; Car: Luke Kuechly, Kurt Coleman, Tre Boston

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

The Broncos are going to wish they did more with the three quarters where they kept Brady bottled up. A 5-point lead isn't nearly enough.

posted by rcade at 05:31 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50



Little soon, no?

posted by rcade at 04:39 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Player with most rushing yards, with 8 minutes left in second quarter of game 1: Tom Brady.

posted by rcade at 04:13 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

Did we get a replay showing why that pass was ruled a lateral? CBS blew it there.

posted by rcade at 04:01 PM on January 24

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

When was the last time Belichick won the toss and took the ball?

posted by rcade at 03:26 PM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

My picks are a hail mary pass (preferably an Aaron Rodgers, not a Teddy Bridgewater that doesn't reach the 20).

Denver by 10 <-- lock

Arizona by 7 <-- lock

Most yards: Denver

Most turnovers: New England

Passing: Tom Brady

Rushing: C.J. Anderson

Receiving: Rob Gronkowski

Sack: Kawann Short

Interception: Kurt Coleman

posted by rcade at 11:52 AM on January 24

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

I think my picks from last week were not tallied.

Fixed. Lo siento.

posted by rcade at 09:43 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

The turnover bonus is to pick the team that gives up the most turnovers. I've revised that question.

posted by rcade at 04:08 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Current Standings

SportsFilter is holding an NFL Playoff Pick 'Em contest with a first prize of Gregg Easterbrook's new book The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football.


PlayerTotalW1W2PlAvg
tommytrump793940239.500
howard_t733043236.500
goyoucolts722547236.000
grum@work693039234.500
ic23b682543234.000
cixelsyd623032231.000
bender612041230.500
cl593227229.500
tron7572532228.500
holden572037228.500
beaverboard562135228.000
rcade532825226.500
mrk124512328225.500
yerfatma492029224.500
nomich472522223.500
tahoemoj462323223.000
ufez jones401030220.000
billsaysthis3030--130.000
rumple281315214.000
jagsnumberone231013211.500
rock steady1515--115.000
hincandenza1515--115.000

Tommytrump's lead narrows, but only by a single point. Goyoucolts wins the week and Jagsnumberone and Rumple have a fight on their hands for the Costanza.

Jonathan Stewart and Larry Fitzgerland earned bonuses for many players with their rushing and receiving totals, respectively. One player hit a lock perfectly: Beaverboard on Denver's 7-point win. Jagsnumberone took some risks and broke locks on both Kansas City and Seattle. Rumple broke a lock on Seattle.

These players nailed spreads: New England by 7 (yerfatma, howard_t, tommytrump, bender), Denver by 7 (tommytrump), Carolina by 7 (tommytrump) and Arizona by 6 (mrk124)

Wildcard Week Results

New England by 7 over Kansas City
Arizona by 6 over Green Bay
Carolina by 7 over Seattle
Denver by 7 over Pittsburgh

Wildcard Week Bonuses

Most passing yards: Russell Wilson, 366 (no one)
Most rushing yards: Jonathan Stewart, 106 (grum@work, tahoemoj, Goyoucolts, mrk124, Ufez Jones, bender)
Most receiving yards: Larry Fitzgerald, 176 (cixelsyd, tahoemoj, tron7, Howard_T, jagsnumberone, tommytrump, bender)
Players who got interceptions: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, GB; Damarious Randall, GB; Rashad Johnson, Ari (ic23b); Luke Kuechly, Car; Cortland Finnegan, Car

This Week's Games

New England at Denver
Arizona at Carolina

Bonus Categories

Pick the team with the most total yards.
Pick the team that gives up the most turnovers (no bonus if there are no turnovers).
Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards.
Pick the player with the most rushing yards.
Pick the player with the most receiving yards.
Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack.
Pick a player who will get an interception.

Make your picks and a spread for this week's games to score 5 to 10 points. Pick one or more games as a stone cold lead pipe lock (optional) and double your score in victory or lose 5 points in defeat. Hit a bonus for 3 points. Full contest rules here.

If SportsFilter is down and you need to submit your picks, you can send them in email to me.

Check your score last week on the results spreadsheet at Google Docs.

posted by rcade at 02:31 PM on January 22

Lleyton Hewitt Ends Singles Career at Australian Open

I've been watching this Australian Open avidly, like I usually do each year only for Wimbledon. It's a shame Hewitt is done. I like players who make a mad scramble around the court all the time.

posted by rcade at 09:21 AM on January 22

James Fallows Learns Something about British Soccer and Sarcasm

People who use sarcasm or dark humor on Twitter are asking for trouble. It's a great medium for stripping all the context out of a message for maximal outrage potential.

I do it anyway. Because I'm asking for trouble.

posted by rcade at 06:36 PM on January 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As I recall she finished that internship and was not hired.

posted by rcade at 12:21 PM on January 21

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

Results

Jan. 20
Golden State by 31
Atlanta by 6

posted by rcade at 09:38 AM on January 21

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

January 20
Golden State by 5
Portland by 6

January 21
Cleveland by 5
San Antonio by 13

January 22
Toronto by 9
Golden State by 16 <-- slam

January 23
Cleveland by 8

posted by rcade at 05:44 PM on January 20

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

NoMich: You picked two slam dunks last week, which isn't allowed in this contest, so I went with your first one and ignored the second. The score would've been the same either way.

posted by rcade at 10:00 AM on January 20

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12

IND @ BOSMIA @ LACCLE @ SALAL @ GSMIN @ OKCCLE @ HOUNO @ MEMGS @ CLEHOU @ LAC
ResultBOS by 9LAC by 14SA by 4GS by 18OKC by 10CLE by 14MEM by 2GS by 34LAC by 8
Margin6 to 1210 to 183 to 513 to 237 to 1310 to 181 to 324 to 446 to 10

Tron7 wins the week and Ufez moves into second place. I nail my slam dunk exactly while managing to have the worst week. Despite a 20-point margin of error, nobody gets extra points on Golden State's demolition of Cleveland.

SpoFiteIND @ BOSSMIA @ LACSCLE @ SASLAL @ GSSMIN @ OKCSCLE @ HOUSNO @ MEMSGS @ CLESHOU @ LACSWeekSeason
Howard_TBOS6LAC11SA4GS++15OKC9CLEMEMLAC670413
Ufez JonesLACSAGS++19OKC13CLEMEMGSLAC62373
rcadeLACGS++18OKC13MEMGSLAC58372
tron7BOS10LACSAGS++21OKC9CLE11MEMGSLAC73355
NoMichBOSLACSA5GS++14OKC12CLEMEMLAC668336

Rules

Pick the winner and spread for each game. Score 5 points if the team wins, 3 more points if your spread is close and another 2 if you hit the spread exactly.

At your option, make one game a slam dunk to triple your score in victory or lose 5 points in defeat.

Read the detailed rules on the first week's post.

If SportsFilter is down and you need to submit your picks, you can send them in email to me.

This Week's Games

Wed.Jan. 208 p.m. ETGolden State at ChicagoESPN
Wed.Jan. 2010:30 p.m. ETAtlanta at PortlandESPN
Thu.Jan. 218 p.m. ETL.A. Clippers at ClevelandTNT
Thu.Jan. 2110:30 p.m. ETSan Antonio at PhoenixTNT
Fri.Jan. 228 p.m. ETMiami at TorontoESPN
Fri.Jan. 2210:30 p.m. ETIndiana at Golden StateESPN
Sat.Jan. 238:30 p.m. ETChicago at ClevelandABC

ABC joins the rotation with a Saturday night game bringing Cleveland to Chicago. Atlanta and Portland get some rare time on the national stage and Chicago takes on a Golden State team at home that just embarrassed Cleveland on their floor.

posted by rcade at 09:56 AM on January 20

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Romo's bones are made of papier-mache. He makes them himself as he recuperates.

posted by rcade at 09:14 AM on January 20

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

Tony Romo has been sacked twice exactly like Burfict tackled Roethlisberger. His shoulder was driven into the ground, the weight of the sacker bearing down on him.

Both of them knocked Romo out multiple games with a shoulder injury. Neither one drew a flag.

Given that, I would call Burfict's hit a legal, hard-hitting play. He didn't choose for Roethisberger to hit shoulder first. A sacker who doesn't hit a quarterback late is allowed to finish the tackle down to the ground.

posted by rcade at 08:31 PM on January 19

NFL Divisional Round Produces Predictable Results

I'm glad New England has to go through Denver to get to the Super Bowl. I didn't feel like Pittsburgh would be enough of a challenge for them as a visiting team.

But I wonder whether Denver will be a challenge. The Broncos weren't much of a worldbeater against a depleted Steelers team.

posted by rcade at 03:48 PM on January 18

Tennis match fixing: Evidence of suspected match fixing revealed

This is a revolting development. I'm still reading the BuzzFeed version of the story. The scoop's timing, given the opening of the first major today in Australia, should generate a lot of attention inside tennis.

posted by rcade at 09:04 PM on January 17