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SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

If anyone here is a fellow broadcast TV obsessive, I just took over a TV Deadpool contest now in its 18th year.

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on September 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Winnipeg by 9

B.C. by 24

Toronto by 13

Calgary by 12

posted by rcade at 06:09 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

L.A. Rams by 7
Baltimore by 4
Denver at Buffalo on CBS (Sunday)
Pittsburgh at Chicago on CBS (Sunday)
Atlanta by 3
Indianapolis by 7
Tampa Bay by 6
New England by 17 <-- lock
Miami at N.Y. Jets on CBS (Sunday)
Philadelphia by 7
Carolina by 9 <-- lock
Seattle by 3
Green Bay by 10 <-- lock
L.A. Chargers by 8
Oakland by 7
Dallas by 4

posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

Boaz: Your first four games have no picks.

posted by rcade at 01:39 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

Ufez got 7 out of 7 locks correct and earned extra points on 4 of them, including an exact spread of Pittsburgh by 17. Nice!

posted by rcade at 01:16 PM on September 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

I'm beginning to feel like it's not my year.

posted by rcade at 05:14 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This should be a link about an atrocious penalty kick, but I'm mesmerized by the field condition. I've never seen a kick taker plant his foot and cause the ground to ripple out like a wave, moving the ball before it is touched.

posted by rcade at 08:16 PM on September 18

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition


I've never seen a Jaguars team bank more goodwill in week 1 only to empty the account in week 2. It was like being Duckman when Andie chooses Blane.

posted by rcade at 02:08 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

How does somebody get behind your secondary on a Hail Mary? Butch Jones must be red-faced about that.

posted by rcade at 04:30 PM on September 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Houston-Cincinnati felt like a game won by nobody, especially the viewers.

posted by rcade at 12:23 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Saskatchewan by 10 <-- Yukon cold Iced Capp Dudley combination lock

Edmonton by 9 <-- Nunavut cold Iced Capp Dudley combination lock

Calgary by 17 <-- Kamloops cold Iced Capp Dudley combination lock

Montreal by 8 <-- Biscotasing cold Iced Capp Dudley combination lock

I know locks aren't allowed. This is an act of self-affirmation inspired by Brampton's own Nathaniel Branden.

posted by rcade at 06:25 PM on September 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 3
Baltimore by 8
Carolina by 10
Arizona by 13
Jacksonville by 4
Kansas City by 3
New England by 7
Minnesota by 3
Tampa Bay by 6
L.A. Chargers by 3
Oakland by 10
Denver by 4
L.A. Rams by 7
Seattle by 13
Atlanta by 3
N.Y. Giants by 4

posted by rcade at 06:21 PM on September 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

The rules are in the week 1 post. Check your results from week 1 to ensure there are no errors (unrelated to your prognosticative acumen).

posted by rcade at 10:37 AM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

British Columbia by 9
Saskatchewan by 3
Ottawa by 17
Calgary by 7

posted by rcade at 03:40 PM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Email from Goyoucolts: "On a hiking trip, limited internet. Patriots by 17. Hope you get this!"

posted by rcade at 02:27 PM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

The games are listed at the top of this post.

You pick the winner and decide your own spread. We don't use outside spreads.

You also can make any game a lock (or none, or all).


posted by rcade at 01:36 PM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Jacksonville by 3 (yeah, I know/lol)

I expected to begin this season with a lot more hope. But then I watched Bortles and Henne in the preseason.

posted by rcade at 11:37 AM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

New England by 7
Buffalo by 3
Washington by 4
Tennessee by 3
Houston by 7
Arizona by 3
Pittsburgh by 10
Atlanta by 9
Baltimore by 2
L.A. Rams by 6
Carolina by 7
Green Bay by 7
Dallas by 3
Minnesota by 4
Denver by 7

posted by rcade at 11:36 AM on September 07

Ticats prove they're not only bad, but clueless

If Manziel was in game shape and had proven his sobriety, I think he'd be worth a look.

It's hard to believe he's only 24. His troubled history after turning pro makes it seem much longer. He seems at least 30 in Marinovich years.

posted by rcade at 03:13 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Ottawa by 7.

posted by rcade at 08:01 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There's a three-hour program about to start on NBCSN devoted to Premier League transfer deadline day. Farewell, personal productivity.

posted by rcade at 04:50 PM on August 31

Turner Field is Now Georgia State's Football Stadium

I applaud the effort to make so much use out of an Olympics stadium when they are normally boondoggles, but the angles in the new football stadium are pretty weird. All the touchdowns in one end are a long way from most fans.

I would like to see a game from home plate, though.

posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I looked up Reliant Stadium today and found out it's now NRG Stadium.

I'm tired of having to figure out what a pro team's stadium is currently named. I'm going to start referring to them as Texans Stadium, Jaguars Stadium and so on. Who's with me? Strike a blow for the proletariat!

posted by rcade at 10:41 AM on August 27

Augusta Chairman Billy Payne Retires After 11 Years

Nice link. Pimento cheese both attracts and repels.

My strongest Masters memory is the years without commercials. I didn't like the reason, but I appreciated the move as a demonstration of power. It was also nice to have no commercials.

posted by rcade at 08:49 AM on August 26

Jaguars Demote Blake Bortles in Preseason

Here are two GIFs of the play, in a SB Nation post claiming he made a good business decision.

I disagree with that. He needed to avoid the embarrassment of throwing yet another pick-6.

posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on August 25

Jaguars Demote Blake Bortles in Preseason

I'm watching this game. A Bortles interception was run back 30-plus yards towards the goal line. Allen Hurns chased the runner for 30 yards to attempt a touchdown-saving tackle. Bortles made no attempt to run the last 15 feet required to make a tackle, even though it would have stopped him from another pick-6. The runner reached the end zone (though he was ruled by replay out at the 4).

This guy doesn't want to be an NFL quarterback. He's just playing out his contract.

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on August 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 9

Edmonton by 10

Ottawa by 6

Calgary by 18

posted by rcade at 07:03 PM on August 24

The Death of a Teenage Quarterback

This is a well-written piece. I didn't know Bleacher Report commissioned these kinds of long, narrative stories.

The cause of death isn't a typical football injury, but when you read the description of the hits he took, it's hard not to blame the sport.

I was grateful that my kids didn't have any interest in playing. My oldest son is 6-foot-6 and was a stocky kid in high school. When I saw during his graduation how he towered over classmates, I asked him afterwards how many times he was asked to play football at school. "Approximately 100," he answered.

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on August 24

Jaguars Demote Blake Bortles in Preseason

Kaepernick seems like a pretty good fit for a Jaguars team that talks about a run-heavy, pass-reluctantly offense. He can pass well enough to keep defenses honest and is a running threat.

I'd love to see him come in. But I'm also invested in seeing him anywhere, because his blacklisting by the NFL over a political stance is egregious.

posted by rcade at 01:14 PM on August 24

NBA Rookies Predict the Rookie of the Year

I saw Smith play a little in the summer league. It's amazing he fell to Dallas.

posted by rcade at 07:38 PM on August 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 4

Ottawa by 13

Calgary by 10

Montreal by 9

posted by rcade at 09:12 AM on August 16

Ezekiel Elliott suspended by NFL

I wish the NFL would defer to the authorities on criminal allegations and not take action until a charge is filed. Nobody trusts Goodell to get something like this right or impose punishments equitably.

posted by rcade at 03:12 PM on August 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Ottawa by 4

Montreal by 9

Winnipeg by 3

B.C. by 10

posted by rcade at 07:21 PM on August 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

This week, we come dangerously close to using math.

And I come dangerously close to using meth. My picks are terrible.

Calgary by 6

Ottawa by 7

Edmonton by 13

British Columbia by 9

posted by rcade at 10:48 AM on August 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I wonder what it means for MLS if lower-tier clubs in the U.S. start to be profitable because they can snap up young talent and make big bucks on player transfers.

It seems like it could be good for USMNT. More money in more teams means more American talent being developed.

posted by rcade at 11:53 AM on August 01

Cubs Give Steve Bartman a World Series Ring

I love Bartman for his continued refusal to seek publicity or money off his infamy. Even in this great move by the Cubs, all we get is a statement.

posted by rcade at 02:34 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Terrific rundown, Grum. As a Rangers fan I feel like buy-high, sell-low has always been a weapon in our arsenal.

Headline on CNN today: "NFLer retires before playing game with new team."

When I saw it, I laughed and told myself, "It's going to be the Jaguars. It's going to be the Jaguars."

It is.

How can you not love this franchise?

posted by rcade at 01:11 PM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

B.C. by 10.

Saskatchewan by 6

Calgary by 16

posted by rcade at 06:02 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I've been thinking about adopting a new team in the Premiership next season after three seasons watching West Ham. Things were looking good for Everton with the Wayne Rooney signing, but they keep losing the players I liked. Ross Barkley is now part of the exodus.

posted by rcade at 03:55 PM on July 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

I get an exact 17-point spread and fall further behind. Canada why hast thou forsaken me, eh?

posted by rcade at 01:18 PM on July 26


The U.S. played well, but Tim Howard once again saved our bacon. Costa Rica played well enough to get a draw.

Landon Donovan's smile after Clint Dempsey tied his record was a nice moment. That kick was a work of art.

posted by rcade at 12:00 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Edmonton by 6

B.C. by 12

Calgary by 17

Toronto by 9

posted by rcade at 10:39 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Joe Hart to West Ham on a season-long loan. Glad to see him back in England.

posted by rcade at 08:53 AM on July 17

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

LeBron has been in the NBA Finals for seven straight years. It's an incredible feat.

posted by rcade at 04:58 PM on July 16

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Speaking from experience, I think Cilic's second set problem looked like a panic attack. He was moving like he wanted to be anywhere but in his own body. Your pulse races, you hyperventilate and your extremities get numb as you enter fight-or-flight mode.

If that's what happened, it's nothing short of amazing he was able to keep playing.

posted by rcade at 11:51 AM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

The CFL site has Toronto/Winnipeg playing tomorrow instead of today.

Winnipeg by 7

Calgary by 9

Ottawa by 3

British Columbia by 10

posted by rcade at 04:18 PM on July 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The way Halep-Konta just ended at Wimbledon was a disgrace. On match point, someone in the crowd screamed loudly during play and Halep clearly stopped play, hitting the ball into the net. Without the scream she was set up perfectly to hit a winner.

The chair had just warned the crowd about their antics and didn't order a replay of the point, which is allowed under the rules.

posted by rcade at 02:03 PM on July 11

Tennis Player Suffers Terrible Knee Injury at Wimbledon

It seemed to take a long time for medical care to arrive, though Wimbledon claims it was only a minute.

Cirstea had a good point in an interview. She said if it had been a heart problem the response time could have been tragic.

It seems reasonable to expect there to be a medic on hand, or at least enough medics stationed where there's one adjacent to each court serving multiple courts.

Also, the chair umpire should be coming to the aid of a stricken athlete in serious distress. This one did nothing, got down, went back up and finally spoke to someone on a walkie talkie after a lot of time had elapsed.

posted by rcade at 11:30 AM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Montreal by 3

Calgary by 4

Ottawa by 6

Saskatchewan by 9

posted by rcade at 07:06 PM on July 06

University Rochester football player kidnapped and tortured for 40 hours

There's so much to be troubled by from these kinds of stories, but one thing that gets to me is the number of other people who knew it was going on, let it happen and never contacted police. It's like real-life A Clockwork Orange.

Even if you lack all empathy, which is bad enough, you're hanging out for a couple days with torturers? How do you not recognize the danger to yourself?

They all deserve long prison sentences.

posted by rcade at 11:09 AM on July 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Happy Bobby Bonilla day!

posted by rcade at 11:03 AM on July 01

University Rochester football player kidnapped and tortured for 40 hours

That is absolutely insane, and it was all over four pounds of marijuana? I was curious what that's even worth, and by one website estimate it was around $16,000.

I'm surprised to have never heard of this before.

The story was protecting the identity of the second kidnapped victim, which is fine, but I would have liked to know whether he's recovered.

posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Calgary by 9.

Toronto by 3.

posted by rcade at 07:48 PM on June 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

In an NPR interview, McEnroe said Serena was the best ever in women's tennis and was asked if she was the best in all of tennis.

He should've dodged the question to avoid making the women's game sound weak. But I don't think he believes it's weak. He does a great job talking it up during tournaments.

posted by rcade at 04:32 PM on June 28

SCOTUS will hear New Jersey sports betting case

In a country where Nevada has sports betting, states runs gambling games and states band together to run interstate gambling games, there is no justifiable reason that New Jersey can't legalize sports betting.

posted by rcade at 04:27 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Is there a ranking that McEnroe could have suggested for Serena that wouldn't have been controversial?

Maybe top 20.

I don't like McEnroe making the comment and sounding like he's down on women's tennis, but I like his response to the question, "Would you like to apologize?" He says, "No." It's nice to see the occasional person skip the apology theater.

posted by rcade at 03:02 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Two headlines, same day:

Serena Williams tells John McEnroe to 'respect my privacy' link

Serena Williams poses nude on Vanity Fair cover link

posted by rcade at 02:52 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ted Cruz and Tom Ricketts, brothers by another mother.

posted by rcade at 02:50 PM on June 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

If Ottawa and Calgary tie again, it'll be decided on penalty kicks.

posted by rcade at 01:56 PM on June 27

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Has the results for the NBA playoff pick'em been posted yet?

I'm scrambling on a book deadline. I'll try to get that posted over the weekend along with another late contest I won't mention. Sorry about the delay.

My CFL picks:

Calgary by 8

Edmonton by 3

Hamilton by 6

posted by rcade at 07:20 PM on June 23