Recent Comments by rcade

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

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

The first game is tomorrow.

posted by rcade at 08:54 PM on June 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Former Patriots and Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan just revealed he's gay in an OutSports interview.

It's unbelievably sad what he put himself through for years because of fear he'd be outed.

posted by rcade at 06:30 PM on June 20

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

I like the CFL's untimed play after the clock hits 0. All of football should adopt it. No more controversies like the time Colt McCoy's pass out of bounds was ruled to have 1 second left in the Big 12 championship.

posted by rcade at 02:55 PM on June 20

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

I like it when your team needs a goal, extra time is well past the alloted number and your player passes it back instead of making a cross, causing the ref to blow the whistle.

I've accepted the imprecision of soccer timekeeping, mostly. But time wasters in the final 20 minutes always kill more time than the ref gives the other team back. Some international teams are shameless about this.

posted by rcade at 07:01 PM on June 19

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

I hate the idea of a timed clock in soccer. Add that and it's only a matter of time before there are commercial breaks.

The other two ideas I summarized seem good, particularly ABBA. There shouldn't be an advantage for one team based on PK order.

posted by rcade at 12:44 PM on June 19

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade

Thanks, all. I had a feeling the Predatormentum would end. Good team, though.

posted by rcade at 10:30 AM on June 13

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade

We call it ... the Aristocrats!

posted by rcade at 04:56 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The finals in the NBA and NHL seem like they're dragged out a lot longer than in the past.

I feel like the momentum is lost with all the long breaks. Give me one day between games when they stay in one city and two days when they travel.

posted by rcade at 12:03 PM on June 12

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade

Standings

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Total
rcade8321023
NoMich754420
rumple1063019
bender635216
ic23b554115
grum@work724114
tahoemoj552--12
tommytrump651012
MrFrisby731011
prof54----9
cixelsyd22206
billsaysthis4------4

Results

Pittsburgh in 6

Conn Smythe: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh (no one)

Longest game (in OT periods): 0 (ic23b)

First player to score a goal: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh (bender)

Most goals: 4, Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh (no one)

Most assists: 6, Crosby (bender, grum@work, rcade) and Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh (none)

Best +/i: 6, Brian Damoulin, Pittsburgh (no one)

Most penalty minutes: 24, Austin Watson, Nashville (no one)

Best save percentage: .931, Matthew Murray, Pittsburgh (rcade)

Total goals (tiebreaker): 32 (no tie to break)

The scores are in the previous discussion.

posted by rcade at 01:10 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Calling it a major implies that other scores are minor. I won't let a single be treated that way.

posted by rcade at 02:42 PM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm following CFL preseason game news, as one does. A story on CFL.ca mentions "Reginald Begelton finishing with a 25-yard catch-and-run for the major."

I'm assuming that "the major" is some kind of Canadian synonym for touchdown? Where did that come from?

posted by rcade at 11:31 AM on June 07

Girl's Soccer Team Banned from Tournament

In 1990 my wife reported a similar story when we were still in college. A 10-year-old girl, Natasha Dennis, played so well in a Lewisville, Texas, soccer game that parents affiliated with the other team demanded a restroom "panty check" to prove her gender. Fortunately that did not occur. The story went national.

posted by rcade at 02:29 PM on June 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hank Williams Jr. is no longer too offensive for Monday Night Football.

posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on June 05

Rock Climber Scales El Capitan with No Gear

I don't see how this is psychologically possible, much less physically.

posted by rcade at 09:32 AM on June 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yup. I thought we were in for something special after the Mandzukic goal for the ages. Juventus crumbled.

posted by rcade at 04:09 PM on June 04

1860 Munich suffer double relegation to amateur leagues after owner refuses to pay license fee

What's German for "dumpster fire"?

I'm confused about the conflict. If German soccer teams require a majority of ownership to be its fans, how can this issue be about one owner's decision making and ability to finance the team? And how can this owner be angling for more control if that rule is in place?

The Guardian offers an interesting factoid on this: "1860 had the third most expensive squad in the second division after Stuttgart and Hannover, who both secured their return to the Bundesliga."

posted by rcade at 08:34 AM on June 03

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Results

Pittsburgh in 6

Conn Smythe: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh (no one)

Longest game (in OT periods): 0 (ic23b)

First player to score a goal: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh (bender)

Most goals: 4, Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh (no one)

Most assists: 6, Crosby (bender, grum@work, rcade) and Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh (none)

Best +/i: 6, Brian Damoulin, Pittsburgh (no one)

Most penalty minutes: 24, Austin Watson, Nashville (no one)

Best save percentage: .931, Matthew Murray, Pittsburgh (rcade)

Total goals (tiebreaker): 32

posted by rcade at 10:03 PM on June 02

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

After one game, only ic23b and bender are capable of winning the point for largest margin. That doesn't bode well for a competitive Finals.

posted by rcade at 09:55 PM on June 02

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

Results (after game 1)

Largest margin: 22, game 1 (ic23b, bender)

Largest combined score: 204, game 1 (bender)

Total three pointers: 23

posted by rcade at 09:50 PM on June 02

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

Golden State in 5

MVP: Curry

Top scorer: Curry

Rebounder: Love

Largest margin: 18

Largest combined score: 238

Tiebreaker, total three pointers: 139

posted by rcade at 05:44 PM on June 01

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If a good MLS starting player transferred to England, what level of club would he be good enough to start for? As someone who watches the MLS and the Championship in England, I find myself pondering this.

I'd like to see data on MLS-to-England and England-to-MLS transfers.

posted by rcade at 11:29 AM on June 01

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

You say Ufez Jones is leading with 28 points but you list me as leading with 28 points.

You are leading, sources close to SportsFilter confirm.

posted by rcade at 06:58 PM on May 31

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

The second round standings also were updated with the Boston/Washington winner and top scorer. grum@work gained 3 points while Howard_T, ic23b and rcade gained 2.

posted by rcade at 11:37 AM on May 31

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

The scores and results of the third round are in the previous discussion.

Standings

Week 1Week 2Week 3Total
ic23b157628
grum@work153427
Howard_T157527
Ufez Jones175527
bender147425
rcade132217
jimmydiscount10----10

Picks

Pick the team that will win the Finals: 3 points

Pick the correct number. of games: 3 points

Who will win MVP: 1 point

Top scorer (total points): 1 point

Top rebounder (total rebounds): 1 point

What will be the largest margin of victory (come within +/- 3 points): 1 point

What will be the highest combined score in a single game (+/- 8 points): 1 point

Tiebreaker: How many total 3-pointers will be made in the series? (closest to actual value wins, first to post wins in case of an additional tie)

posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on May 31

Huddersfield Town have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time by beating Reading 4-3 on penalties at Wembley

As a Wednesday fan I think it feels pretty tough to get promoted out of the Championship. It was a struggle to become a top-6 club. The level of parity means a lot of clubs are a challenge to beat.

posted by rcade at 11:03 AM on May 31

Huddersfield Town have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time by beating Reading 4-3 on penalties at Wembley

Kudos to Huddersfield Town for achieving the near impossible, given their budget and a 19th-place finish the preceding year, but that playoff final was grim. They won over both Sheffield Wednesday (sigh) and Reading on penalty kicks.

It will be interesting to see if Wagner can keep them up, assuming he's there next season. (Steve Bruce brought Hull City up in last year's playoffs and quit during a tumultuous off season.)

posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I worry that the CFL really ought to add a 10th team to balance out the schedule.

Put a team in a U.S. city close to Canada, like Rochester, or make another attempt at the Atlantic Schooners.

posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think that helmet slip saved Harper from a seriously long suspension.

posted by rcade at 10:26 AM on May 30

Legendary Sportswriter Frank Deford Dies

Ultimately I will remember Deford for the great years and how he looked like the epitome of dadcool for decades.

I wonder what he thought his anti-soccer trolling accomplished. He even ended his writing career with an NPR goodbye column that took a final shot at the sport. It's not like he's dumb enough to be stuck in the past, like the sports radio yahoos around Jacksonville.

NPR has Deford commentaries going back to 1999.

posted by rcade at 12:08 AM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Did Bryce Harper intend to throw his helmet at the pitcher in this old-fashioned basebrawl? The announcer presumes otherwise and says he intended to throw it sideways. I think the helmet slipped out of his hand by accident.

posted by rcade at 10:56 PM on May 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Our leader, Rumple, and Tahoemoj are running out of time to make picks. I've sent email but those who can contact them by phone should transmit entreaties.

posted by rcade at 07:20 PM on May 29

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

Pittsburgh in 6 +4 +4

Longest game: 2OT

First goal: Sidney Crosby

Conn Smythe: Evgeni Malkin

Most goals: Evgeni Malkin

Most assists: Sidney Crosby +1

Best plus/minus: Viktor Arvidsson

Most penalty minutes: Vernon Fiddler

Best save percentage: Matthew Murray +1

Tiebreaker: 25 total goals scored

posted by rcade at 06:28 PM on May 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How are we not talking about the start of the CFL preseason in just eight days?

posted by rcade at 06:15 PM on May 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The crash on YouTube. His lack of injury is miraculous.

posted by rcade at 06:25 PM on May 28

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

The scores are in the previous discussion.

Results

Nashville in 6

Top points: 7: Filip Forsberg, Anaheim (no winners)

Goalie SV%: ..939, John Gibson, Anaheim (tahoemoj)

Pittsburgh in 7

Top points: 6: Bobby Ryan, Ottawa; Sidney Crosby (grum@work), Evgeni Malkin (NoMich, rumple, ic23b) and Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh

Goalie SV%: ..946, Matthew Murray, Pittsburgh (no winners)

Standings

Week 1Week 2Week 3Total
rumple106319
NoMich75416
bender63514
ic23b55414
grum@work72413
rcade83213
tahoemoj55212
tommytrump65112
MrFrisby73111
prof54--9
cixelsyd2226
billsaysthis4----4

Stanley Cup picks

1. Winner: Nashville or Pittsburgh (4 points)

2. Number of games that team will require (4 points)

3. The longest game (in OT periods) (1 point)

4. First player to score a goal (1 point)

5. Conn Smythe winner (1 point)

6. Player to score the most goals (1 point)

7. Player to get the most assists (1 point)

8. Player with the best plus/minus (1 point)

9. Player with the most penalty minutes (1 point)

10. Starting goaltender with the best save percentage (minimum 2 starts) (1 point)

Tiebreaker: Total goals scored in the series. If two players pick the same tiebreaker, the one who posted it first wins.

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on May 28

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Results

Golden State in 4

Top scorer: 126, Stephen Curry, Golden State (everyone but rcade)

Top rebounder: 31, Draymond Green, Golden State (ic23b, Howard_T, Ufez Jones, bender)

Cleveland in 5

Scorer: 148, LeBron James, Cleveland (everyone)

Rebounder: 62, Kevin Love (no one)

posted by rcade at 08:18 AM on May 23

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Results

Nashville in 6

Top points: 7: Filip Forsberg, Anaheim (no winners)

Goalie SV%: ..939, John Gibson, Anaheim (tahoemoj)

Pittsburgh in 7

Top points: 6: Bobby Ryan, Ottawa; Sidney Crosby (grum@work), Evgeni Malkin (NoMich, rumple, ic23b) and Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh

Goalie SV%: ..946, Matthew Murray, Pittsburgh (no winners)

posted by rcade at 08:04 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This Peyton Manning anecdote is endearing as long as you don't know how he treated University of Tennessee athletic trainer Jamie Ann Naughright.

posted by rcade at 06:23 PM on May 22

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

I'm not worried about that. If any of the three reviewers calls it a non-dive, there's no punishment.

Your scenario happens, but I see more situations where there's nothing being avoided and the player just fakes it.

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on May 19

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

I was wondering during the match if there had been any Premier League towns.

Happiness is so far gone here I have trouble believing it ever existed. I can enjoy neither the improbable success of Huddersfield Town nor the coach who was added to USMNT in 1996 by a manager who had never seen him play.

posted by rcade at 06:02 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Still can't believe Wednesday lost to Huddersfield Town. It's a lot to ask for them to be top 6 again for a third straight year. Their window may have just closed.

posted by rcade at 05:05 PM on May 18