Detroit by 3
Dallas by 4
Green Bay by 10 <-- Lambeau cold lead pipe lock
Atlanta by 1
Cincinnati by 6
Oakland by 4
Tampa Bay by 7
Kansas City by 3
N.Y. Jets by 4
N.Y. Giants by 6
Jacksonville by 3
Houston by 7
Arizona by 9
Seattle by 3
Denver by 3
Cleveland by 6
I'm picking both 10-0 teams to lose. Like characters say in bad movies to justify a bad plan, "It's crazy -- but so crazy it just might work."
posted by rcade at 09:37 AM on November 26
SportsFilter is holding an NFL Pick 'Em contest with a first prize of an NFL Official Game Ball.
Tommytrump stays in first but the lead narrows to 5 points. Grum@work and myself score 19 each to top the week. In the cherised Costanza, Bender breaks away from the pack to trail by 12.
Two players got 9 points by hitting their locks exactly: Goddam on Seattle by 16 and myself on New England by 7. Only one lock was broken this week: NoMich on Oakland.
Exact margins hit: Arizona by 3 (Grum@work, Tron7, Rumple), Dallas by 10 (Grum@work, Jagsnumberone), Jacksonville by 6 (Tommytrump), New England by 7 (Grum@work), Indianapolis by 3 (Irish627) and Baltimore by 3 (Ufez Jones).
Week 11 Results
Jacksonville by 6 over Tennessee
Indianapolis by 3 over Atlanta
Denver by 2 over Chicago
Detroit by 5 over Oakland
Dallas by 10 over Miami
Tampa Bay by 28 over Philadelphia
Carolina by 28 over Washington
Baltimore by 3 over St. Louis
Houston by 7 over N.Y. Jets
Kansas City by 30 over San Diego
Green Bay by 17 over Minnesota
Seattle by 16 over San Francisco
Arizona by 3 over Cincinnati
New England by 7 over Buffalo
This Week's Games
Philadelphia at Detroit
Carolina at Dallas
Chicago at Green Bay
Minnesota at Atlanta
St. Louis at Cincinnati
Oakland at Tennessee
Tampa Bay at Indianapolis
Buffalo at Kansas City
Miami at N.Y. Jets
N.Y. Giants at Washington
San Diego at Jacksonville
New Orleans at Houston
Arizona at San Francisco
Pittsburgh at Seattle
New England at Denver
Baltimore at Cleveland
Make your picks and a spread for this week's games to score 1-3 points. Pick one game as a stone cold lead pipe lock (optional) and triple your score in victory or lose 3 points in defeat. Full contest rules here.
Check your score last week on the results spreadsheet at Google Docs.
posted by rcade at 06:16 PM on November 25
[this is good]
Excellent scholarship. The CFB site needs to be revised to reflect that it originates with the first game ever and stop talking about Nebraska in 1972. Only then will the Belt ascend to its rightful place as something ESPN mentions occasionally on SportsCenter.
I turned your list into a table to make it format properly. Sorry the site's code botched it the first time around.
posted by rcade at 11:34 AM on November 25
Atlanta by 6
Golden State by 11 <-- stone cold lead pipe something or other
posted by rcade at 07:06 PM on November 24
If you have a copy, email it to me. I'll check the error logs to see if there was a problem saving it.
posted by rcade at 04:19 PM on November 23
Howard_T takes the lead as Ufez Jones falls to third. Five slam dunks win (++) and one loses (--). NoMich has the best week.
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.
This Week's Games
A light week for the Thanksgiving holidays, with 15-0 Golden State seeking to break an NBA record with a win against the 2-11 L.A. Lakers and a Celtics/Hawks game more likely to be competitive. I think I can predict where the dunks will be slammed.
posted by rcade at 03:20 PM on November 23
Ottawa by 10
Edmonton by 6
posted by rcade at 01:01 PM on November 22
Kansas City by 3
Minnesota by 7
Seattle by 6
Cincinnati by 3
New England by 7 <-- stone cold lead pipe lock
posted by rcade at 01:00 PM on November 22
Atlanta by 7
Denver by 6
Oakland by 4
Dallas by 7
Philadelphia by 6
Carolina by 10
Baltimore by 4
N.Y. Jets by 3
posted by rcade at 12:59 PM on November 22
I watched the last quarter and OT of that Florida/FAU game. The Owls deserved the win. They got some terrible non-calls at the end on obvious pass interference and face-guarding.
posted by rcade at 11:28 AM on November 22
My habit of waiting to make moves until the day before games killed me financially with Payet. He was worth £8.3 when he last played and £7.9 when I dropped him today.
posted by rcade at 04:35 PM on November 20
I attended the game 12 rows back in the center of an end zone. Great seats for $85.
Heading down the aisle, I was blocked by a Chris Farley-sized guy in his twenties lying face down in the aisle. Two guys tried to pick him up and plant him in a chair, but he was dead drunk and kept sliding down like human jelly. He roused a bit and became belligerent, flipping off the people who tried to help him. He then flipped double birds to the attendant and the cop who checked on his welfare.
This was before kickoff.
posted by rcade at 10:45 AM on November 20
We're going to miss Belichick when he hangs up his headset.
Does anyone else like the look of these uniforms but hate the excessive rah-rah military posture of the NFL? It all seems so phony and excessive, like something you'd see in a movie about a totalitarian state where the corporations have to stay in Dear Leader's good graces to remain in business.
I don't need my pro sports to be emblematic of things like patriotism and support for the troops. I enjoyed the military commemorations at Jaguars games, like when a soldier surprises his family by being there, but it all soured for me when I found out the NFL took millions in government funds to promote the military.
posted by rcade at 04:05 PM on November 19
When I was in high school the Lewisville Fighting Farmers always beat the crap out of us in football. Now that's a Fighting nickname.
UND fans should just call themselves the Nodaks until the school relents and makes it official. We kinda did that at UNT with the Mean Green, shedding the generic Eagles.
posted by rcade at 03:24 PM on November 19
Jacksonville by 3
posted by rcade at 01:33 PM on November 19
Oklahoma City by 7
Chicago by 6
Cleveland by 15
Golden State by 7
New Orleans by 14
Golden State by 12
posted by rcade at 10:38 PM on November 18
Owlhouse locks! The falcon cannot hear the falconer! The center cannot hold!
posted by rcade at 09:34 PM on November 18
There was absolute carnage across the contest this week. Tommytrump continues to hold on to the lead despite scoring 0 points -- a feat also managed by Holden and myself. Ic23b cuts Tommytrump's lead from 10 to 6 with a 5-point week, while Howard_T scores a week-best 9 that's the most bad-ass single-digit score all season. In the coveted Costanza, Bender falls back by a respectable 4 points.
Locks were broken for 17 out of 20 players: Cincinnati (Tahoemoj, Yerfatma, Cixelsyd, Rumple, Tron7, Goddam, Irish627, Rcade), Green Bay (Tommytrump, Ic23b, Grum@work, Jagsnumberone, Nomich, Ufez Jones), Denver (Goyoucolts, Holden) and Oakland (Bender). The only players to hit a lock were Jjzucal on New England and Howard_T on Carolina. (Owlhouse, by inscrutible Southern Hemisphere tradition, does not lock.)
Exact margins hit: Tampa Bay by 4 (Jagsnumberone, NoMich, Goddam) and Carolina by 17 (Ufez Jones, Billsaysthis).
Week 10 Results
Buffalo by 5 over N.Y. Jets
Detroit by 2 over Green Bay
Carolina by 17 over Tennessee
Chicago by 24 over St. Louis
Miami by 1 over Philadelphia
Pittsburgh by 21 over Cleveland
Tampa Bay by 4 over Dallas
Washington by 33 over New Orleans
Jacksonville by 2 over Baltimore
Minnesota by 16 over Oakland
Kansas City by 16 over Denver
New England by 1 over N.Y. Giants
Arizona by 7 over Seattle
Houston by 4 over Cincinnati
Tennessee at Jacksonville
Indianapolis at Atlanta
Denver at Chicago
Oakland at Detroit
Dallas at Miami
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia
Washington at Carolina
St. Louis at Baltimore
N.Y. Jets at Houston
Kansas City at San Diego
Green Bay at Minnesota
San Francisco at Seattle
Cincinnati at Arizona
Buffalo at New England
Byes: Cleveland, Pittsburgh, N.Y. Giants, New Orleans
posted by rcade at 08:40 PM on November 18
This is a tough game when you lose your dunk. It's at least a 20-point swing.
Oklahoma City by 20 <-- slam dunk
Phoenix by 6
Cleveland by 16
Golden State by 9
San Antonio by 19
Golden State by 5
posted by rcade at 06:25 PM on November 18
Ufez Jones stays in front for a third week. Howard_T leaps into second. Four slam dunks win (++) and two lose (--). Goyoucolts continues the impressive start.
posted by rcade at 01:38 PM on November 18
This soccer leg injury is Theismann-level bad. If you can bear to watch, check out how the opposing player is pretending to be grievously hurt until he sees the extent of the injury, then leaps up and calls for medics.
posted by rcade at 09:16 PM on November 17
I'm surprised anybody is upset over what Watt said. It was a silly play on words that he immediately followed with an acknowledgement that Dalton is a great quarterback.
posted by rcade at 09:12 PM on November 17
On the Giants non-TD, Beckham's second foot wasn't down before the ball was pried loose -- he was bringing it down at the same time it was being knocked out. That was a close call but I think the refs got it right.
posted by rcade at 06:11 PM on November 16
Etrigan: Looks like a one-point win to me.
posted by rcade at 09:36 PM on November 15
Coughlin handed that game to the Patriots. First and goal and three straight throws? Run the ball. Run the ball. Run the ball. Kick!
posted by rcade at 08:49 PM on November 15
I want NFL Red Zone Guy Scott Hanson to moderate a presidential debate. He'd keep things moving. The second an answer got dull he'd cut out.
posted by rcade at 07:38 PM on November 15
Calgary by 7
I can't get credit for the over/under, but without seeing the first game score I say under.
posted by rcade at 03:26 PM on November 15
Egads. I forgot to make picks!
Minnesota by 3
Denver by 10
New England by 7
Arizona by 3
Cincinnati by 10 <-- stone cold lead pipe lock
posted by rcade at 03:24 PM on November 15
I second that emotion.
The Clippers sure like to belly-ache to the refs. They have an opinion on every play.
posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on November 12
Tommytrump's lead expands to 10 points as we pass the halfway point in the season. Ic23b climbs into third with a 16-point week, one off Owlhouse's 17 for the week's best. In the coveted Costanza, Bender's lead narrows to 2 points over Tahoemoj.
Grum@work gets a 9-point play by picking New England by 17 as a lock.
Three players break a lock when San Francisco beats Atlanta (Cixelsyd, Goddam and Yerfatma), two when Tennessee defeats New Orleans (Tahoemoj and Howard_T) and one more when Chicago defeats San Diego (Ufez Jones).
Exact margins hit: Pittsburgh by 3 (Owlhouse, Ic23b, Holden), Minnesota by 3 (Ic23b), New England by 17 (Howard_T), Indianapolis by 3 (Owlhouse), New York Giants by 14 (Owlhouse) and Philadelphia by 6 (Tron7).
Week 9 Results
Cincinnati by 21 over Cleveland
Buffalo by 16 over Miami
Minnesota by 3 over St. Louis
New England by 17 over Washington
Tennessee by 6 over New Orleans
N.Y. Jets by 5 over Jacksonville
Pittsburgh by 3 over Oakland
Carolina by 8 over Green Bay
San Francisco by 1 over Atlanta
N.Y. Giants by 14 over Tampa Bay
Indianapolis by 3 over Denver
Philadelphia by 6 over Dallas
Chicago by 3 over San Diego
Buffalo at N.Y. Jets
Detroit at Green Bay
Carolina at Tennessee
Chicago at St. Louis
Miami at Philadelphia
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Dallas at Tampa Bay
New Orleans at Washington
Jacksonville at Baltimore
Minnesota at Oakland
Kansas City at Denver
New England at N.Y. Giants
Arizona at Seattle
Houston at Cincinnati
Byes: San Diego, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Atlanta
posted by rcade at 07:11 PM on November 11
Dallas by 6
San Antonio by 5
Golden State by 14
L.A. Clippers by 12 <-- slam dunk
posted by rcade at 05:54 PM on November 11
You had to say susurration? That's the second hardest field sobriety test ever.
posted by rcade at 01:29 PM on November 11
Ufez Jones stays in front and I climb into second. Four slam dunks win (++) and two lose (--). Our new player Goyoucolts is fast out of the gate.
A light week, highlighted by DeAndre Jordan's first visit to Dallas since he committed the worst act of treachery against the Mavericks franchise since Kiki "Stepback Satan" Vandeweghe in 1980 (Vandeweghe, the team's first draft pick ever, refused to play for the team and was traded to Denver). LaMarcus Aldridge returns to Portland for the first time since signing a four-year, $80 million free agency deal with San Antonio. The last undefeated team, Golden State, play an improved Minnesota, while the Clippers get a second national game this week against Phoenix.
posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on November 11
Lucky will be the man who occupies the coaching chair that rcade will one day endow in Denton. There will be humor, forgiveness, perspective, understanding ... and bowl eligibility.
My chair will be well-endowed. If we don't reach one of the six bowl games with CUSA ties every 5-7 seasons there will be heck to pay.
posted by rcade at 09:57 AM on November 10
I have no good words for Jags, who was two points from taking the lead in week one, reached first in week two and never trailed after that.
Nor do I thank the medical professional whose work made this 11-year contest and thus, my suffering, possible.
I have decided to be a bad sport about the Chico. My bitter revenge next season will be sweet, like a beer that is bitter and also sweet.
posted by rcade at 09:50 AM on November 10
I'm in the top 26 percent.
I kept Vardy as captain and picked up Mesut Ozil this week for Yaya Toure.
I never seem to get a goalie on a good run. I've been swapping Cech and Howard out this season.
posted by rcade at 08:34 AM on November 07
Toronto by 7
Ottawa by 13
B.C. by 3
Saskatchewan by 10
Before next season, we need to convince Jagsnumberone to pick a favorite CFL team that would be wrong to ever pick against.
posted by rcade at 06:28 PM on November 06
Jonathan Lucroy, recipient of a public service Bob Feller Award, was saluting the veterans on MLB Network this morning when he said, "They died for us to be able to play a game for a living."
I appreciate the sentiment, but this construction makes me cringe a little. Surely there's a better way to recognize soldiers who sacrificed their lives in war for your country than to draw a direct line from that act to your chance to play a sport. Wars don't decide who gets to play pro sports or not. The losing countries have sports too.
posted by rcade at 09:39 AM on November 06
Cincinnati by 10
Buffalo by 3
St. Louis by 4
New England by 14 <-- Dean Lockwell in Quantum Lock
New Orleans by 10
Jacksonville by 7
Oakland by 3
Green Bay by 6
Atlanta by 13
New York Giants by 3
Denver by 10
Dallas by 3
San Diego by 7
posted by rcade at 07:08 PM on November 05
And as a Jaguar fan, I haven't stopped laughing yet at the fact that Mularkey is the coach now for Tennessee and Gabbert is starting in San Fran.
Mularkey got a raw deal in Jacksonville. No new coach who inherited a bad 5-11 team could be expected to win in his first season. He just had the misfortune of getting a new AD who didn't want to inherit a coach.
But since he quit Buffalo as head coach when it hired new management, seeing him fired at Jacksonville by new management seemed like karmic justice.
posted by rcade at 12:55 PM on November 05
Tommytrump stays in first and expands the lead to 8 points, tying with Goddam for a week-best 22 points.
Four players score nine points on a single game by nailing their lock exactly. Jagsnumberone, Tommytrump and Goddam pick Arizona by 14 and Ufez Jones picks St. Louis by 21.
Two players break a lock: Irish627 on Green Bay over Denver and myself on Atlanta over Tampa Bay.
These players also get a spread and victor correct: Minnesota by 3 (Grum@work, Jjzucal, Owlhouse, Billsaysthis, Irish627), Arizona by 14 (Grum@work, Owlhouse), Carolina by 3 (Grum@work, Goyoucolts), Baltimore by 3 (Ic23b), Cincinnati by 6 (Tommytrump) and New Orleans by 3 (Owlhouse).
Week 8 Results
New England by 29 over Miami
Kansas City by 35 over Detroit
Tampa Bay by 3 over Atlanta
Minnesota by 3 over Chicago
Arizona by 14 over Cleveland
St. Louis by 21 over San Francisco
New Orleans by 3 over New York Giants
Cincinnati by 6 over Pittsburgh
Baltimore by 3 over San Diego
Houston by 14 over Tennessee
Oakland by 14 over New York Jets
Seattle by 1 over Dallas
Denver by 19 over Green Bay
Carolina by 3 over Indianapolis
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Miami at Buffalo
St. Louis at Minnesota
Washington at New England
Tennessee at New Orleans
Jacksonville at New York Jets
Oakland at Pittsburgh
Green Bay at Carolina
Atlanta at San Francisco
New York Giants at Tampa Bay
Denver at Indianapolis
Philadelphia at Dallas
Chicago at San Diego
Byes: Kansas City, Baltimore, Houston, Arizona, Seattle, Detroit
posted by rcade at 06:16 PM on November 04
Cleveland by 16 <-- slam dunk
Golden State by 3
Chicago by 3
Memphis by 6
Miami by 6
Houston by 4
posted by rcade at 04:03 PM on November 04
There was some weirdness during MNF. Two protesters lowered themselves on ropes from the upper deck, stayed suspended and unfurled a banner.
posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on November 03
Josh Norman was incredible on one long bomb near the end zone. He had to make up ground and timed his leap perfectly to deflect a touchdown. It was ballet.
posted by rcade at 09:42 AM on November 03
Sling is now offering BeIN as part of a $10 a month international sports subscription.
posted by rcade at 05:31 PM on November 02
It is ridiculous that neither the NFL nor NFLPA is making the Rams fix the ring of concrete that keeps injuring players.
posted by rcade at 03:21 PM on November 02
Ufez Jones opens the Pace Mannion with 59 to lead, nailing Thunder/Spurs. All three slam dunks win. I demonstrate a Jordanesque disloyalty to my Dallas Mavericks.
Read the detailed rules on last week's post.
The Clippers visit the defending champs for an early test of Western supremacy. Oklahoma City, undefeated through three under new coach Billy Donovan, face Chicago. Chris Bosh, fully recovered from last season's blood clot scare, leads the Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade on the road in Indiana. J.R. Smith pursues vengeance against the Knicks, who made him a throw-in in a trade in January that sent him to Cleveland.
posted by rcade at 02:55 PM on November 02
The refs can initiate any review they want in the final two minutes. I would've been stunned if they didn't review that one.
Is there any doubt that Tony Romo is a great quarterback? Dallas is hopeless without him.
posted by rcade at 08:20 PM on November 01
Sorry, I thought that meant the points would be 11 to 15 then, my bad.
The spread has to be exact to get a point picking the losing team.
posted by rcade at 08:07 AM on November 01
At 6'6", I don't think TOO many batters are going to be excited about charging the mound when Syndergaard says that.
I don't think pitchers have much to fear any more about a batter charging the mound to kick their ass. The gathering of millionaires isn't quite the bare-knuckles brawl that we used to see in the 1970s and before.
posted by rcade at 05:52 PM on October 31
Chelsea Mourinho's post-game presser today was like none I've seen before in the Premier League. He gave 12 answers in a row that were a variation on "I have nothing to say." It was Marshawn-esque.
posted by rcade at 10:48 AM on October 31
B.C. by 7
Calgary by 13
Ottawa by 7
Montreal by 3
posted by rcade at 06:19 PM on October 30
New England by 11
Kansas City by 4
Atlanta by 10 <-- Jolene Blalock in Star Lock: Enterprise
Minnesota by 6
Arizona by 7
St. Louis by 3
New Orleans by 2
Cincinnati by 4
San Diego by 3
Houston by 7
Oakland by 2
Seattle by 6
Green Bay by 3
Carolina by 9
posted by rcade at 07:36 PM on October 29
Note: I should have one more point (the spread in Philly/Carolina game--thank you)
You had Philly by 13 and they lost by 11.
posted by rcade at 10:22 AM on October 29
Tommytrump sheds NoMich and takes a three-point lead over the field. Howard_T calls his picks a "weekly exercise in complete ineptitude" and then scores this week's high.
No broken locks. These players nailed a pick: New England by 7 (bender, holden), Carolina by 11 (cixelsyd, irish627), Kansas City by 10 (howard_t), New York Giants by 7 (owlhouse), New Orleans by 6 (ufez jones) and Minnesota by 9 (howard_t).
Week 7 Results
Seattle by 17 over San Francisco
Jacksonville by 3 over Buffalo
Minnesota by 9 over Detroit
Atlanta by 3 over Tennessee
New Orleans by 6 over Indianapolis
Kansas City by 10 over Pittsburgh
St. Louis by 18 over Cleveland
Miami by 18 over Houston
New England by 7 over New York Jets
Washington by 1 over Tampa Bay
Oakland by 8 over San Diego
New York Giants by 7 over Dallas
Carolina by 11 over Philadelphia
Arizona by 8 over Baltimore
Miami at New England
Detroit at Kansas City (in London)
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Minnesota at Chicago
Arizona at Cleveland
San Francisco at St. Louis
New York Giants at New Orleans
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
San Diego at Baltimore
Tennessee at Houston
New York Jets at Oakland
Seattle at Dallas
Green Bay at Denver
Indianapolis at Carolina
Byes: Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Washington
Note: The Detroit/Kansas CIty game starts in London at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Sunday.
posted by rcade at 09:23 PM on October 28
I think Bautista's flip was spontaneous. It was also a dagger to my heart. A dagger!
posted by rcade at 05:32 PM on October 28
Hosmer looked silly carrying the bat for so long while he walked down the line. I give that a 4 out of 10 on Flipping with the Stars.
posted by rcade at 01:22 PM on October 28
Chicago 97, Cleveland 95. My bid for a wire-to-wire championship is intact.
posted by rcade at 10:34 PM on October 27
Fox loses the signal during the World Series and they stop play? Are you kidding me?
posted by rcade at 09:24 PM on October 27
Prefacing picks with the dates is a good idea. When in doubt I'm going to guess the intent of multiple picks for the same team is in chronological order.
Chicago by 6
Golden State by 9
San Antonio by 8
L.A. Lakers by 2
Atlanta by 8
L.A. Clippers by 12 <-- slam dunk (sigh)
Cleveland by 5
Golden State by 1
posted by rcade at 07:55 PM on October 27
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