Recent Comments by rcade

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 4

Ottawa by 13

Edmonton by 6

Toronto by 10

posted by rcade at 04:28 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Demba Ba suffered a Theismann-like leg break in China's Super League.

posted by rcade at 08:13 PM on July 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Howard and I got the 13-point spread in the B.C. game because of a single!

Condolences to Ic23b and Tahoemoj.

posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on July 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 3

B.C. by 13

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on July 15

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Weird. I must have put somebody else's 25 in your column. I blame fell supernatural influence.

posted by rcade at 11:55 AM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Is there a logic to when CFL games are on an ESPN channel and when they're only on ESPN3? I want my RedBlackTV.

posted by rcade at 05:03 PM on July 12

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Congratulations to Bender, the only player who predicted a Portugal victory. That pick had to be looking grim when Ronaldo went out early.

Points were hard to come by in the final. Pepe robbed many of yellow card glory.

Did people like the smaller point increases in the Euro, the larger ones in the Copa, or no point increases at all for picking winners from round to round?

posted by rcade at 04:31 PM on July 12

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender




Portugal 1, France 0

Scorers picked: No one picked Eder

Yellow/red cards picked: Carvalho (holden, owlhouse, rcade), Pogba (yerfatma, rumple)

Shots on goal: Bender nailed this at 10, for 0 points because it was the tiebreaker

posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on July 12

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

Some players have picked 4 yellow card players instead of 3. I will ignore the fourth pick, so if you want to change your list please do so forthwith post haste.

posted by rcade at 07:46 PM on July 09

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2, Portugal 1

Scorer: Griezmann

Cards: Kante, Evra, Carvalho

Shots on goal: 12

posted by rcade at 07:45 PM on July 09

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

That graphic looks like 32 total shots and 13 on goal/target. So we're agreed that the metric is on target shots?


Clarification: If a player draws two yellow cards in the match, will they get 35 points (5+5+25), or just 30 points (5+25).


posted by rcade at 10:49 AM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

First CFL tie in 7 years. I believe that should trigger Oprah rules: You get a point, you get a point, you get a point!

posted by rcade at 08:54 AM on July 09

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

Shots on goal is shown in parenthesis here in the Germany/France report. In that match there were 13 total from the two teams.

posted by rcade at 09:19 PM on July 08

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

The extra day of rest and home-field advantage should balance out.

I'm on a roll lately. A pity I have to make more picks. The contest should stop now and declare a victor.

posted by rcade at 03:14 PM on July 08

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

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Rcade wins the week, climbing from fifth to first place. Rumple puts the Costanza in the rear-view mirror. Yerfatma and Ricardo vye for it after a round of utter devastation.


Portugal 2, Wales 0 France 2, Germany 0

Players who nailed games: France/Germany (bender)

Scorers picked: 2: Griezmann (owlhouse, billsaysthis, rcade, tron7), 1: Ronaldo (grum@work, rcade), Nani (rumple)


1. Pick the winner of the final: 120 points

2. Pick the score: 20 points for winner's total, 20 points for loser's total, 20 points for both being right

3. Pick one player in the game: 10 points per goalal

4. Pick three players who will get a yellow or red card: 5 points per yellow, 25 per red

5. Tiebreaker: Pick the total number of shots on goal in the game. Closest tiebreaker wins. If two players choose the same total, the one who picked it first wins.


Portugal vs. France, 3 p.m. EDT Sunday

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

After the French player headed the ball, the direction the ball bounced afterwards said it struck SOMETHING (as it went up softly instead of horizontally quickly). The only thing that it could have struck was the hand.

I question the physics of this observation. There are plenty of times in soccer a ball hits a body part and produces a fizzle instead of a screamer. It depends on the momentum and angle of the part it hits.

Here's a suggestion I like to reduce the arguments over the interpretation of the handball rule. Define it as "handles the ball deliberately or in a way that is deemed unnatural."

posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I was amazed the call was made at that point in the game. I had trouble on replay seeing it strike the hand.

The Premier League will have at least two Friday games in 2016-17.

posted by rcade at 06:47 PM on July 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Hamilton by 9

Toronto by 6

Calgary by 4

Edmonton by 17

Go RedBlacks! Overcome my disloyalty!

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There is no possible way that those two weren't "impaired" in some way.

I wouldn't call it impossible after 4 a.m., but it's definitely unlikely.

I've driven that intersection many times (Southside and Beach) without ever cutting the turn too early and making a water landing.

People here drive in ponds a lot. Every 5-10 years somebody is found in their car a long time dead at the bottom of one.

posted by rcade at 05:19 PM on July 07

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Portugal 2, Wales 1. Ronaldo scores on a penalty after a James Collins takedown in the box.

France 2, Germany 1. Griezmann scores late for the win, set up by Payet.

I'm rooting for Wales, though.

posted by rcade at 11:38 AM on July 06

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals


Owlhouse holds on to the lead. Tron7 wins the week, climbing from seventh to third place. Billsaysthis hops from fifth to second. Rumple's poised to claim a Costanza.


Portugal 1, Poland 1 (5-3 PKs)
Wales 3, Belgium 1
Germany 1, Italy 1 (6-5 PKs)
France 5, Iceland 2

Players who nailed games: no one, but bender got 25 points for picking Germany 1, Italy 1 with the wrong team winning on PKs.

Scorers picked: 2: Giroud (holden, yerfatma), 1: Lewandowski (holden, yerfatma, tron7, billsaysthis), Payet (grum@work, bender), Griezmann (owlhouse, rumple, tron7, billsaysthis. rcade, Ricardo)


Pick the winner of each game: 80 points

Pick the score: 13 points for winner's total, 13 points for loser's total, 14 points for both being right

Pick one player per game: 8 points per goal


Portugal vs. Wales, 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday
Germany vs. France, 3 p.m. EDT Thursday

posted by rcade at 09:03 AM on July 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Great 1960s photo of Bobby Moore and his wife Tina, who are getting their own miniseries on ITV starring Michelle Keegan and Lorne MacFadyen.

posted by rcade at 04:57 PM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bouchard likes that Nike nightie, but you can tell other players are hating it. Ana Konjuh played Aga Radwanska in it today, put on a jacket and took it off several times and was adjusting herself between points more than a baseball player.

I'm amazed any player who dislikes it wears it anyway. Don't they have the choice to wear something else, or are they stuck with onerous contracts?

posted by rcade at 12:27 AM on July 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Nice catch, Duron Carter!

Nice ejection, Duron Carter!

posted by rcade at 11:43 PM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 4

Toronto by 13

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 6

posted by rcade at 07:03 PM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

The Gomez scores have been added.

rcade, you may want to rethink your German goal scorer.

I was feeling bullish about Griezmann scoring for Germany, but whatever. Maybe France is more his thing.

posted by rcade at 02:04 PM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

A plan is afoot to have the Copa winner play the Euro winner.

posted by rcade at 11:53 AM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Grum and Owlhouse's scores included their Rooney and Pelle goals -- I just overlooked giving them credit in the post.

Portugal 1, Poland 0 (Ronaldo)

Belgium 2, Wales 1 (Bale)

Germany 1, Italy 0 (Gomez)

France 3, Iceland 0 (Griezmann)

Yerfatma: You can pick a scorer even if predicting a 0-0 game.

posted by rcade at 11:51 AM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Owlhouse wins the week. I take the lead on the Costanza.

posted by rcade at 08:09 PM on June 29

Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade

Thanks, everyone.

I had the score right for Tron7 and Goyoucolts. I just forgot to note they also picked Rojo in the results. So the standings remain the same.

posted by rcade at 08:08 PM on June 29

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals




Poland 1, Switzerland 1 (5-4 PKs)
Wales 1, Northern Ireland 0
Portugal 1, Croatia 0
France 2, Ireland 1
Germany 3, Slovakia 0
Belgium 4, Hungary 0
Italy 2, Spain 0
Iceland 2, England 1

Players who nailed games: tron7 (France/Ireland), grum@work (Germany/Slovakia), owlhouse (Wales/Northern Ireland), billsaysthis (Germany/Slovakia), rumple (Germany/Slovakia), bender (France/Republic of Ireland, Germany/Slovakia)

Scorers picked: Eden Hazard (yerfatma, billsaysthis, rcade, bender), Graziano Pelle (yerfatma, rumple, owlhouse), Wayne Rooney (owlhouse, rumple, grum@work), Jakub Blaszczykowski (rcade), Mario Gomez (billsaysthis, rumple, rcade)


Pick the winner of each game: 50 points

Pick the score: 8 points for winner's total, 8 points for loser's total, 9 points for both being right

Pick one player per game: 4 points per goal


ThursdayJune 303 p.m. EDTPoland vs. Portugal
FridayJuly 13 p.m. EDTWales vs. Belgium
SaturdayJuly 23 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Italy
SundayJuly 33 p.m. EDTFrance vs. Iceland

posted by rcade at 07:50 PM on June 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa was my muse all last season. I kept hitting those games and missing most of the others.

posted by rcade at 02:08 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I will be posting a Euro 2016 update tomorrow morning ahead of Thursday's first quarterfinal.

Points for winning picks were 30 in the round of 16. My original plan was to make them 60 in the quarterfinal, 120 in the semifinal and 240 in the final (60 in the third-place game). This would put 480 points available for picking winning teams in each round until the last, when 300 is available.

Is this OK, or would players prefer a lower multiple of 1.5 or 1.75? I wanted to design the game in a way that people weren't out of it in the last two rounds because so many fewer points were available.

posted by rcade at 02:05 PM on June 28

NFL Coach Buddy Ryan Dies

I'll remember Ryan for his bounty shenanigans and punching another coach on the sideline. His defensive coaching prowess was undone in later years by his lack of self-control. I think his Eagles were a pretty good team that suffered from that trait.

It's interesting to look back at the bounty controversy and consider what Roger Goodell would have done with it. Paul Tagliabue chose not to make it a big deal.

posted by rcade at 12:41 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't get England. So much talent and they did not attack the goal in the final 30 minutes, except for Marcus Rashford.

Has Harry Kane ever looked that bad kicking the ball on set pieces? There's no excuse for skying it out of bounds where no one can put a head on it.

posted by rcade at 11:08 AM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Darke's my favorite soccer announcer, but I thought it was overkill today. He could have talked half as much about what a disaster it was and still made the point.

But still, what a disaster. If that had happened the night before the Brexit vote it would've been cited as a factor in the outcome.

posted by rcade at 06:04 PM on June 27

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile

I think Messi will be back for the World Cup when he calms down. His choked-back tears of anguish after the final will be long remembered. It was like watching a Muppet cry.

Considering how many players lost their composure during the match, I feel like the U.S. could win a Copa if we played well and kept our heads.

There were so many dives, fouls, altercations and arguments with the ref! It made the match entertaining but I'd be embarrassed as an advocate of South American football.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on June 27

Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade

My first victory in a SportsFilter contest in the 14 years the site has existed. Wahoo!

I hope the scoring seemed fair to everybody. Points were doubled for picking winning teams each round after the first knockout round. The goal was to make roughly the same number of points available so that it was more competitive.

Props were kept low enough so that picking winners still mattered most. I'd like more points for goal scorers next time around.

The ref did his best to make our yellow and red card picks meaningful.

posted by rcade at 12:02 PM on June 27

Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade




Chile 0, Argentina 0 (4-2 PKs)

No goal scorers.

Yellow cards: Vidal (holden, billsaysthis, bender, tron7, rcade, grum@work, Goyoucolts), Mascherano (billsaysthis), Beausejour (billsaysthis), Diaz, Aranguiz, Messi, Kranevitter

Red cards: Rojo (holden, tron7, Goyoucolts), Diaz

posted by rcade at 11:55 AM on June 27

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Tim Howard was looking pretty mighty in that game. I'm curious whether he would've played Argentina better, though I am overall happy with Brad Guzan.

posted by rcade at 06:50 PM on June 26

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Billsaysthis: You need two more yellow/red card accumulators.

posted by rcade at 05:40 PM on June 25

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Chile 2, Argentina 1
Scorer: Alexis Sanchez
Cards: Nicolas Gaitan, Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Isla
First goal: 20:59

U.S. 3, Colombia 2
Scorer: James Rodriguez

posted by rcade at 05:39 PM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Nice. Switzerland deserved to win that game.

The announcers said stutter steps by the taker on penalty kicks are a yellow card. Since when? Neymar and others have done them often in international competition.

posted by rcade at 02:23 PM on June 25

Johnny Manziel's Life Continues to Spiral

If you've ever talked to someone who has a loved one with a drug addiction, they reach a point where they sound just like Paul Manziel. Pure despair. It sounds like Johnny's troubles are far past the issue of whether he could ever return to football.

posted by rcade at 10:09 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I saw all those Boston picks and expected a big story to come out of their night.

Didn't happen, but as a Dallas fan I kind of envy having a pile of draftees all coming in at the same time. We have some years with no picks at all.

posted by rcade at 06:51 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

West Ham offered 40 million Euros for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi on Thursday.

After Brexit, that price rose from 31 million pounds to 34 million.

The link has an examination of the potential impact of Brexit on British soccer.

Now I just need to find an article about its impact on EastEnders.

posted by rcade at 05:27 PM on June 24

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Poland 1, Switzerland 0 (Błaszczykowski)

Wales 3, Northern Ireland 1 (Bale)

Croatia 2, Portugal 1 (Modric)

France 3, Republic of Ireland 0 (Payet)

Germany 2, Slovakia 0 (Gomez)

Hungary 2, Belgium 1 (Hazard)

Spain 1, Italy 1 (Morata)

England 2, Iceland 1 (Kane)

I feel like I'm not picking enough upsets. There has got to be one more big name ready to shame a nation.

posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on June 24

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals




Argentina 4, U.S. 0
Chile 2, Colombia 0

Goal scorers picked by players: 2: Hiquain; 1: Messi, Aranguiz


1. Pick the winner of the final: 120 points

2. Pick the score: 20 points for winner's total, 20 points for loser's total, 20 points for both being right

3. Pick one player in the game: 10 points per goal

4. Pick three players who will get a yellow or red card: 5 points per yellow, 25 per red

5. Pick the winner of the third-place game: 30 points

6. Pick the score: 5 points for winner's total, 5 points for loser's total, 5 points for both being right

7. Pick one player per game: 2 points per goal

8. Tiebreaker: Pick the time of the first goal in the final (minutes and seconds). Closest wins. If two players choose the same time, the one who picked it first wins.


Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT: U.S. vs. Colombia third-place game

Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT: Argentina vs. Chile final

posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on June 24

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Toronto by 8

Winnipeg by 10

Ottawa by 8

Calgary by 15

posted by rcade at 07:21 PM on June 23

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Every player picked two group winners successfully.

France/Germany for all of us but one. Germany/Croatia for Bender.

The math on this drove me mad. I had to create the standings table just to make sure scores were correct.

posted by rcade at 02:06 PM on June 23

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16



1st: Points for picking group winners (10 points each)

1st/2nd: Points for picking first- or second-place teams (20 points each)

3rd: Points for picking third-place teams (15 points each)

Goals: Goals scored by your players (1 point each)


Teams that advanced (in order of finish)

Group A: France, Switzerland

Group B: Wales, England, Slovakia

Group C: Germany, Poland, Northern Ireland

Group D: Croatia, Spain

Group E: Italy, Belgium, Republic of Ireland

Group F: Hungary, Iceland, Portugal

Goal scorers picked by players: 3: Bale, Morata; 2: Lukaku, Ronaldo; 1: Giroud, Vardy, Nolito, Eder, Griezman, Kalinic, Rakitic, Pelle

Check your entry for the group round to ensure your score is correct.


Pick the winner of each game: 30 points

Pick the score: 5 points for winner's total, 5 points for loser's total, 5 points for both being right

Pick one player per game: 2 points per goal


SaturdayJune 259 a.m. EDTSwitzerland vs. Poland
SaturdayJune 2512 p.m. EDTWales vs. Northern Ireland
SaturdayJune 253 p.m. EDTCroatia vs. Portugal
SundayJune 269 a.m. EDTFrance vs. Republic of Ireland
SundayJune 2612 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Slovakia
SundayJune 263 p.m. EDTHungary vs. Belgium
MondayJune 2712 p.m. EDTItaly vs. Spain
MondayJune 273 p.m. EDTEngland vs. Iceland

posted by rcade at 02:00 PM on June 23

Meet The Kid Who Snuck His Way Into Game 7 With A Fake Press Pass

Doing it: Genius.

Admitting it, documenting it and exposing yourself to prosecution for what is probably a felony given the value of a game 7 ticket: Less genius.

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on June 23

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Billsaysthis quit playing after the second round and beat me.

posted by rcade at 09:15 PM on June 22

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results

So close! If I had just picked Cleveland in 7 instead of 6.

Thanks for running the contest, Ufez.

posted by rcade at 09:13 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Pillar's uniform should be padded like an outfield wall.

posted by rcade at 03:35 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

I've been wanting to implement that for a while. The CFL and NFL season-long pick 'ems would be the final two of the year, I think, so they would be the deciderers.

posted by rcade at 03:22 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Final Standings

Round 1Round 2Round 3Stanley CupScore
Ufez Jones1015622


1. Winner: Pittsburgh (grum@work, Ufez Jones, rumple, NoMich)

2. Games: 6 (grum@work, rumple, NoMich)

3. Longest game (in OTs): 1 (grum@work, Ufez Jones, cixelsyd, tommytrump, rumple, Howard_T, MrFrisby)

4. First score: Rust (no one)

5. Conn Smythe winner: Crosby (Ufez Jones)

6. Most goals: 2, Couture (rcade, bender), Karlsson, Malkin, Sheary, Hornqvist

7. Most assists: 4, Couture (MrFrisby, bender), Letang, Crosby (grum@work, NoMich)

8. Best +/-: 3, Burns (cixelsyd), Tierney, Hagelin

9. Most PIM: 6, Zubrus (no one)

10. Best SV%: .932, Jones (cixelsyd, tommytrump, tahoemoj, Howard_T, MrFrisby, rcade, bender)

Tiebreaker: 27 (tahoemoj, MrFrisby)

Check your picks to doublecheck your score.

Rumple led the Costanza by 2 before this round but scored 9 this round, which has to be one of the best Costanza-avoidance performances in site history.

Congratulations, NoMich! You can now call yourself a Hockey News subscriber (if you send me your address).

posted by rcade at 02:56 PM on June 22

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

We could play this game 10 times and never get a good shot on goal. Men and boys.

posted by rcade at 10:59 PM on June 21

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

I can't do it. Watched too much FS1 pregame. I. I Believe. I Believe I Can't Watch This With Guilt.

U.S. 2, Argentina 1 (Wondolowski).

posted by rcade at 08:49 PM on June 21

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hand crafted in Ada, Ohio ...

Canadian footballs ... ARE AMERICAN?

posted by rcade at 04:47 PM on June 21