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NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

Normally this contest only includes games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. But in three weeks where there were under four games, I added some from NBA TV. The full season schedule is online, aside from flex scheduling changes later in the season.

posted by rcade at 03:15 PM on November 21

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Peterman played high school in my county. He was talked up all week before the game as a promising rookie. Ouch.

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Given the cultural moment we're in, where the recognition of sexual abuse victims is at an all-time high, NBC's decision to use a registered sex offender in a Thanksgiving NFL game promo is unbelievable.

posted by rcade at 10:00 AM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

1) Jerry Jones

Conceded.

2) "America's Team"

Conceded, but it's kind of true when a team can be mostly mediocre for 20 years and still rank No. 1 in TV ratings and self-declared fan popularity in many surveys.

3) That damn midfield star

Heretic! The pentagram deserves respect.

4) League's dumbest mascot

I'm no fan of Rowdy, whose proportions are weird and face kind of terrifying. But I can't call him the worst in a world where Boltman exists.

5) Drew Pearson's NFL Draft speech

NO! Drew is magic on the mike.

posted by rcade at 01:59 PM on November 19

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Toronto by 3

Calgary by 12

Mitchell

Calgary

posted by rcade at 12:58 PM on November 19

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Would this conversation be occurring had the key suspensions been a second- or third-string quarterback or running back and not Tom Brady or Ezekiel Elliott?

I don't see that as hypocrisy. I see it as picking your battles. Losing a top talent is a big deal. The Cowboys could miss the playoffs because of Elliott's suspension. It makes a lot more sense for Jones to go to the battlements over that than if he lost the team's third-string QB.

Incidentally, Lucky Whitehead plays a role in the Elliott case. He either exchanged texts with Elliott's girlfriend (her story) or had sex with her while she was dating Elliott (Elliott's).

He was a good returner. It was a shame he got cut.

posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on November 18

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

The NFL didn't create a law enforcement branch because it wasn't allowed to enforce its own rule. Goodell did it to make the public think it took player discipline seriously after Ray Rice.

But I don't think it does take this seriously. Do fans have more confidence or less after DeflateGate and this Elliott suspension? It seems half-assed and capricious to me.

posted by rcade at 03:44 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

New rich owner.

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on November 17

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations

Interesting idea, but I hope it doesn't increase the games we have to play against our own region. Playing scrubs can give a false impression of where we are talentwise (except when we lose to them and fail to qualify for a World Cup).

posted by rcade at 02:37 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Billiricay Town, a team at the seventh level of English football, has a player payroll of 25,000 a week -- five times what most teams are paying at the 5th tier.

posted by rcade at 02:02 PM on November 17

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

The story says the NFL spent $22.5 million investigating Deflategate!

The Elliott case shows that Goodell can't run investigations competently. Kia Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, interviewed Elliott and his girlfriend six times and concluded that the girlfriend was not a credible witness. Roberts was then excluded from an advisory board that met to decide what action to take and Goodell allegedly wasn't even told of Roberts' conclusion before deciding on a punishment.

What's the point of hiring investigators if you're going to intentionally ignore their findings? The NFL's decision to create a shadow law enforcement branch inside the league headquarters is a mistake. It will make player disciplinary matters a bigger issue not a smaller one.

posted by rcade at 12:47 PM on November 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Tennessee by 3
Jacksonville by 13 <-- lock
Detroit by 7 <-- lock
Baltimore by 3
Miami by 6
L.A. Rams by 10
New Orleans by 8 <-- lock
Kansas City by 9 <-- lock
Arizona by 3
L.A. Chargers by 7
Cincinnati by 4
New England by 4
Philadelphia by 9
Seattle by 3

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on November 16

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

I think this is an attempt to find some of the revenue lost when the USMNT failed to qualify. FS1 announcers were kind of giddy about the notion last night, as you'd expect from the network with the misfortune to have paid top dollar for a Cup a big chunk of American fans will likely skip.

posted by rcade at 07:34 PM on November 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

Cleveland by 6
Philadelphia by 10
Golden State by 6
Houston by 18 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 4
Denver by 8

posted by rcade at 04:05 PM on November 15

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

I know it's sad, but I would totally watch this.

Is there a way a tournament like this could offer enough of a financial windfall for nations to send credible squads? It would be a joke at our expense to organize this, but we all are in the same desperate circumstance and need experience for our young prospects.

I watched the Portugal friendly. It was a weird experience. I have never seen a USMNT game that mattered so little in the present. Weston McKennie's goal was impressive, Matt Miazga is the real deal on defense and I liked how our young players kept such a high line.

I know it doesn't mean all that much to play decently against a lot of Portugal spares, but as a small step up from complete disaster I'll take it. We have a long road ahead to 2022.

posted by rcade at 03:28 PM on November 15

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

Christian Pulisic had some interesting things to say about U.S. soccer youth development in a piece he wrote for Player's Tribune.

posted by rcade at 10:23 AM on November 15

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Saskatchewan by 9.

Edmonton by 4.

Tyler Crapigna, the pride of Nepean, Ontario.

Over. I consulted weather forecasts from this one. What is this Celsius I keep hearing about?

posted by rcade at 10:46 AM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Seattle by 3
New Orleans by 9
Chicago by 3
Detroit by 7 <-- lock
Tennessee by 6
Pittsburgh by 7 <-- lock
N.Y. Jets by 10 <-- lock
Washington by 3
Jacksonville by 7 <-- lock
L.A. Rams by 20 <-- lock
Dallas by 3
N.Y. Giants by 3
New England by 7
Carolina by 6 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 05:47 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Threatening to take other owners to court is the weird, vindictive act of a 6 year-old with access to too many drugs.

I expect that rich guys like NFL owners make threats to sue all the time to throw their weight around.

posted by rcade at 05:01 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jones is the most powerful owner in the NFL. He was a major power broker in the L.A. relocations and has big sway among other owners.

Given how long it took Dallas to become a good team again (20 years of mediocrity!), I could see Jones never getting over Goodell's suspension of Elliott for an allegation that never led to an arrest or charge.

I know people don't like Jones, and don't really argue against that sentiment myself, but I'd love to see Goodell and his lousy leadership gone.

posted by rcade at 10:08 PM on November 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: It's Spelled 'Antetokounmpo' Edition

Boston by 16 <-- dunk
Golden State by 10 <-- dunk
Houston by 12 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 4
San Antonio by 8

posted by rcade at 05:40 PM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congratulations to Reever! I only failed to repeat as champion by 23 points.

I believe Bender also deserves recognition for a hard-fought Costanza. I failed there too, but left everything on the field. The longer, wider field.

posted by rcade at 04:35 PM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I understand this position, but a player on the ground does not need to be tackled.

True, but once Hilton got up after playing possum he created a new situation. I don't think that situation is good for the game, because it puts the defenders at too much disadvantage in terms of penalty risk.

Defenders need to touch players when they are down if there's any doubt. But ball carriers shouldn't be allowed to pretend a play is over before they take off. I think Hilton did that.

posted by rcade at 03:39 PM on November 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: It's Spelled 'Antetokounmpo' Edition

Welcome to the Pace Mannion, Scooby!

posted by rcade at 08:59 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There is an NFL rule about a play ending when the ball carrier surrenders himself.

"An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended ...

"when a runner is out of bounds, or declares himself down by falling to the ground, or kneeling, and making no effort to advance."

Victor Cruz once intentionally took a knee on a catch and got up without the ball. Defenders took it. The initial call of a fumble was reversed by the referee because the play was dead when he gave up by making no effort to advance.

The Hilton play was crafty, like an earlier Bilal Powell touchdown against the Jaguars when he acted like he had been touched and then rocketed away from defenders who stopped playing.

I think allowing this is a bad idea because the NFL penalizes so harshly for defenders who hit someone after the play. Playing possum blurs the line on when a play is over. A defender who tackled Hilton after he pretended to be down and got up is risking an unsportsmanlike conduct call.

There's also an injury risk when some players think a play is over and others don't.

I'd like to see the NFL blow the whistle when the ball carrier acts like he is down. So Hilton's stunt could have ended that play if a ref saw it as a surrender.

posted by rcade at 07:21 PM on November 07

Astros Win World Series

Texas got to the summit..they just couldn't plant their flag. Seattle has never left base camp.

I think it's harder to get close and fail than to never get there at all. One strike! I see Nelson Cruz baby-arming that fly ball in my nightmares. He jumps like he's avoiding a collision with the wall and he's not even close to it.

posted by rcade at 09:44 PM on November 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Calgary by 13

Edmonton by 3

Toronto by 9

posted by rcade at 09:39 PM on November 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

N.Y. Jets by 3
Arizona by 10 <-- lock
Seattle by 7
Dallas by 3
Oakland by 13 <-- lock
Detroit by 10 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 08:24 PM on November 02

Astros Win World Series

So the list of teams that have never won a world series is now down to seven: Texas, Seattle, Milwaukee, San Diego, Colorado, Washington/Montreal, and Tampa.

Has Texas, by virtue of being twice a strike away, suffered the most on that list? I vote yes.

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on November 02

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: No D in Cleveland Edition

Houston by 13 (slam)
L.A. Clippers by 9 (slam) (sigh)
Golden State by 8
Portland by 10 (slam)
Cleveland by 7
Oklahoma City by 3

posted by rcade at 07:59 PM on November 01

Jerry Jones Leads NFL Owner Revolt Against Roger Goodell

If 17 owners support Goodell's ouster or even seriously entertain the idea, isn't he toast?

Jones is probably the most powerful and influential owner in the league, based on the L.A. moves he was instrumental in putting together.

posted by rcade at 12:22 PM on October 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Not every sport. Just top 30 or thereabouts.

posted by rcade at 12:41 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

One of the NFL announcers in London responded to a recent rugby match's score at the same stadium by saying something to the effect of, "I don't know how rugby is scored but that sounds like a crushing defeat."

It made me ponder something. Should a knowledgeable sports fan know the basics of rugby, cricket, Australian rules football, Canadian football and the like at a risk of seeming like an idiot otherwise? (Insert a different sport list when asking a non-American, such as "baseball, American football, hockey.")

Maybe it was because the game was in Twickenham, but I thought it was dumb that a professional sports announcer could know so little about rugby.

I ask this question knowing that my knowledge of cricket is just as embarrassing.

posted by rcade at 11:53 AM on October 29

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Baltimore by 7
Minnesota by 10 <-- lock
Buffalo by 4
Cincinnati by 7
New England by 13 <-- lock
New Orleans by 7
Atlanta by 3
Philadelphia by 20 <-- lock
Carolina by 3
Seattle by 6
Dallas by 7
Detroit by 3
Kansas City by 7 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 06:39 PM on October 26

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woe is Mavericks Edition

San Antonio by 6
Washington by 12
Milwaukee by 8
New Orleans by 4

posted by rcade at 08:00 PM on October 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So disappointed in the Falcons. They played like a team that didn't want to risk taking a lead.

posted by rcade at 05:51 PM on October 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

Buffalo by 7
Carolina by 3
Tennessee by 7 <-- lock
New Orleans by 6 <-- lock
Jacksonville by 4
L.A. Rams by 10
N.Y. Jets by 7
Minnesota by 13 <-- lock
Dallas by 7
Seattle by 7 <-- lock
Pittsburgh by 3
Denver by 3
Atlanta by 3
Philadelphia by 4

posted by rcade at 12:30 PM on October 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Calgary by 12

Winnipeg by 6

Edmonton by 3

Montreal by 13

posted by rcade at 05:41 PM on October 20

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em

Milwaukee by 4
Golden State by 10 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 05:40 PM on October 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

BTW I think I got 25 points last week, not 20

Where are you finding the missing 5 points? I double-checked your picks and results and came up with 20.

posted by rcade at 08:04 PM on October 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

Kansas City by 3

posted by rcade at 07:58 PM on October 19

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em

Oklahoma City by 17 <-- slam
L.A. Clippers by 7

posted by rcade at 02:45 PM on October 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I saw Thiesmann live too. Even in the old TV picture quality it was stomach-churning.

posted by rcade at 08:48 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The NBA season just started in the most 2017 way possible.

posted by rcade at 08:28 PM on October 17

Could a 32-Team MLB Scrap the Leagues?

Eight teams have revenue under $250 million.

If revenue disparity is a problem, those big teams could help by supporting a salary cap and splitting local TV revenue equally.

posted by rcade at 07:27 PM on October 17

Could a 32-Team MLB Scrap the Leagues?

This got some attention on Jacksonville sports radio today and was surprisingly well-received by some old-school sports media types.

As someone who wishes the NFL would drop conferences in playoff seeding, I think I could support that in baseball. I've seen enough of pitchers hitting.

posted by rcade at 05:02 PM on October 17

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em

Cleveland by 8
Golden State by 11 <-- slam
Washington by 10 <-- slam
Minnesota by 5

posted by rcade at 04:31 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When I encounter one of those trucks on the road I follow it to the destination.

I should make the trip down but our second car has become a paperweight.

posted by rcade at 05:20 PM on October 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

(also, rcade, I think you forgot to give me points for my Patriots lock last week)

Fixed.

posted by rcade at 01:49 PM on October 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Saskatchewan by 9

Winnipeg by 20

Toronto by 4

posted by rcade at 09:33 PM on October 13

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em

You're welcome.

Here's the 2017-18 full season NBA TV schedule. In weeks with less than four national games, I added a few from the NBA TV channel.

Some games may be changed during the season. The NBA sometimes uses flex scheduling to get the most interesting teams on the tube.

This post includes recognition for Howard_T and Ufez Jones, the winners of the first two seasons of the contest. Ufez made an epic comeback to win last year, going from 16 down to 14 up in the final week.

posted by rcade at 07:46 PM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Scores are up for last week. I continue my run of missing on Jacksonville, though this week the Pittsburgh stunner blew up a lot of locks.

posted by rcade at 08:11 AM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Carolina by 3
Atlanta by 7 <-- lock
Minnesota by 6
Detroit by 3
New England by 7 <-- lock
San Francisco by 3
Baltimore by 7
Houston by 3
Tampa Bay by 10 <-- lock
Jacksonville by 3
Pittsburgh by 3
Oakland by 7
Denver by 13 <-- lock
Tennessee by 3

posted by rcade at 08:19 PM on October 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

I'm still working on results from last week, so the standings are wonky.

posted by rcade at 07:59 PM on October 12

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

This is the first sporting result in a long time that gave me a restless night of sleep. I can't believe we have 5 years to wait for a chance to see the U.S. men in a World Cup again -- all because we couldn't beat a Trinidad & Tobago team that had six straight losses.

It's like I'm 11 again and the Cowboys just lost Super Bowl XIII to the Steelers.

posted by rcade at 08:05 AM on October 11

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

Fox and Telemundo paid $1 billion for the rights to air the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in the U.S. Fox's share was $400 million.

posted by rcade at 10:16 PM on October 10

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

Unbelievable. A country of 1.3 million with nothing to play for just kept us out of the World Cup. Millions of Americans who would've tuned in next year won't care at all. Pulisic is robbed of a cup. Dempsey, Howard and others are done. This is an absolute disaster.

posted by rcade at 10:09 PM on October 10

Saints Trade Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

I like the trade. I feel like AP still has something in the tank.

posted by rcade at 03:17 PM on October 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Winnipeg by 18

Saskatchewan by 19

Ottawa by 7

Edmonton by 20

posted by rcade at 05:49 PM on October 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

New England by 3
Buffalo by 4
Cleveland by 3
Carolina by 1
Indianapolis by 3
Miami by 3
N.Y. Giants by 4
Philadelphia by 10 <-- lock
Pittsburgh by 10 <-- lock
Oakland by 4
L.A. Rams by 7
Dallas by 7
Kansas City by 4 <-- lock
Minnesota by 10 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 05:55 PM on October 05