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CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

Hamilton by 15

Toronto by 8

Calgary by 12

Edmonton by 6

posted by rcade at 06:48 PM on October 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Subtlety.

posted by rcade at 11:56 AM on October 14

DeMarco Murray Ties Jim Brown Record

If the Cowboys offensive line keeps playing like it is, the team will have success with Murray's backups too and can use them more.

A first round exit would be a nice finish for a team I expected to go no more than 4-12 this year.

posted by rcade at 01:06 PM on October 13

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Jarrod Dyson getting caught stealing last night raises a question: Can the player making a tag push the sliding runner off the bag? To me, it looks more like a push by Jonathan Schoop than an overslide by Dyson. I thought it was weird the TBS crew never even suggested that possibility.

posted by rcade at 04:07 PM on October 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Toronto by 6

B.C. by 12

Montreal by 4

Edmonton b 15

posted by rcade at 07:18 PM on October 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

J.J. Watt was unbelievable on the pick-6 last night. No defensive end should be able to run that fast.

posted by rcade at 03:39 PM on October 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Gross.

I always hated the logic of "we're doing this to you because it was done to us." It kept me far away from frats when I began college.

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I tried to find a difference in the pitches and the placement of the catcher and ump, but failed.

Isn't there some psychology in baseball that the strike zone expands a little after two strikes? I always felt like I had to swing at anything close on strike three, and taught kids that in Little League.

posted by rcade at 11:39 AM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

That's the kind of thinking that keeps casinos open.

No, it's the thinking that makes people open casinos.

The Rams aren't ecstatic about being in St. Louis, so I don't know how well an NBA team would do.

If St. Louis got an NBA franchise, it would be granted on the condition of the city publicly financing an arena with lots of corporate luxury boxes and maybe even handing the whole thing over to the team.

But if that didn't work and the franchise flopped, it could move.

I love the Silna deal, but I'd rather have a team than the checks. I did a little digging and found that the Silnas wanted that too. They hoped to trade the deal back to the NBA for a franchise.

posted by rcade at 11:37 AM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

Yes. The lowly Clippers sold for $2 billion. No matter what the owners say when they're negotiating with players or trying to get public money to build an arena, owning a team is enormously lucrative.

The only risk of owning an NBA team is that you might have to sell it someday at a big profit.

posted by rcade at 10:57 AM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

I wonder if the Silnas ever tried to trade in their deal for a St. Louis NBA franchise.

posted by rcade at 05:56 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

From the link: "The pitches had very slightly different movements, but Dale Scott wasn't perceiving that."

I don't see why we can assume that he doesn't perceive those differences.

PITCHf/x measures the ball as it crosses the plate. Two balls hitting the same spot on the plate could still have motion to the glove that makes one look more like a strike than the other.

(However, they look like the same pitch to me in all respects. Weird.)

posted by rcade at 05:53 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The spirit of the game also takes a hit under your proposal, since injured players making a heroic effort to return -- particularly when no substitutions remain -- is part of soccer lore.

posted by rcade at 01:16 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"During this incident, a fan wearing a Frank Gore shirt punched a man wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey, knocking the man to the ground. The fan in the Gore shirt and a fan in an Aldon Smith jersey then landed several punches on a fan in a NaVorro Bowman jersey." -- SI

posted by rcade at 12:47 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I watched that game. Courtois was removed immediately after his bleeding ear was noticed and taken to the hospital. The issue is that he was clearly and quite obviously knocked out 13 minutes before that and Chelsea didn't take enough time to properly assess whether he was concussed.

I wish the EPL allowed a temporary substitute when a serious head injury is suspected. Take Courtois aside, put Cech in and give the examination of Courtois all the time necessary to assure safety.

posted by rcade at 12:10 PM on October 07

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Monday Night Football used to pull in twice that back in the 80s.

Yes it did, when it was on broadcast TV. The Sunday Night Football audience shows what MNF ratings would likely be if it had not been moved to ESPN.

Those are VERY limited ranges (8 years) to make grand pronouncements of improved viewership.

They show significant viewer growth in the past decade, though, and that's something baseball is not experiencing nationally.

MLB doesn't help itself by scattering playoff games across four channels -- five if some games overlap and start on Fox Sports 2. Fans whose TV provider doesn't have MLB Network or FS2 are going to be thrilled when games are airing on those networks.

posted by rcade at 08:41 AM on October 07

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Really? How did you extrapolate that? C'mon man.

When you went on a tear about not turning baseball into a "dumbed-down, fast-track version" lacking integrity, I assumed that was related to these six ideas, which are all about addressing slow play and getting back to the average game time of decades past. So I questioned how faster play means any of the bad things you envisioned from the changes we've discussed.

I think the 2hr 35min games date back to the 60's, not the 80's.

Nope. I sourced it in a comment and it was about games 30 years ago.

I can have a preference too, yes?

Now it's my turn to c'mon man. Where did I ever suggest otherwise?

I'll bet it takes you a little longer to get things done vs. 30 years ago, yes? Well, no matter how hard you try, you'll never reach that benchmark from those little rcade days. Should we then start to cut things off of you?

Speeding up baseball is akin to cutting things off a person? Paging Dr. Freud.

posted by rcade at 06:40 PM on October 06

The NBA has a new TV deal.

Looks like you're right. Bummer.

posted by rcade at 06:35 PM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

The NFL isn't seeing a decline in TV audience. MNF isn't seeing one either, nor is SNF. All of them are trending up.

"ESPN said its 17 Monday Night Football telecasts averaged 13,679,000 viewers. It was the third-most viewed season in ESPN's eight years of presenting MNF. ...

"Sunday Night Football averaged 21.7 million viewers (up from 21.4 million in 2012) for its 19 NFL regular-season telecasts, the second-best viewership mark in NBC's eight seasons of broadcasting the NFL's Sunday primetime package. (The highest ever was 21.8 million, in 2010.) ...

"Sunday Night Football was the No. 1 show in prime time for the fourth consecutive fall television season, and it won every key adult and male demos, including Adults 18-49."

Obviously these are based on total viewer counts instead of audience share, but can you show me the World Series growing in total viewer counts?

On Wikipedia, I see from 24 to 35 million watching the World Series in the 1980s and 12 to 15 million watching in the 2010s.

posted by rcade at 05:20 PM on October 06

The NBA has a new TV deal.

This deal means another $54 million a year for the Spirits of St. Louis.

"In 1982, after several years of cashing TV checks, the Silnas came close to accepting a new buyout. The NBA offered them $5 million over eight years, but the Silnas countered with a demand of $8 million over five."

posted by rcade at 04:43 PM on October 06

Florida QB Treon Harris Investigated in Alleged Sex Assault

I watched this game Saturday. Florida's performance was so bad I thought Will Muschamp might be fired this week after a loss, but Harris came in and the flatlining offense woke up just enough to eke out a victory.

The alleged incident happened after 2:30 a.m. Sunday at a school residential complex.

My cynical take is that Harris won't get the benefit of the doubt Jameis Winston did because he didn't prove enough on the field yet and Florida isn't a national title contender. So he's probably out until the legal situation is resolved.

posted by rcade at 01:39 PM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tennessee fans at Saturday's game vs. Florida checkerboarded their stadium, a fan-led effort a week in the making.

posted by rcade at 01:27 PM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

That's a ridiculous over-simplification, but we have annual stories about the shocking decline in baseball's popularity without any concrete evidence it exists.

What evidence would you accept?

posted by rcade at 01:09 PM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

It's the fragmentation of the viewing public that has driven down ratings.

The audience is fragmented, but if that's the whole story the NFL and NBA would be seeing the same decline as baseball.

Numbers before cable TV came along don't matter much for comparative purposes. Of course we all watched Marcus Welby, M.D. in 1970. The TV had 3 national broadcast channels and a handful of small UHF stations.

As for alternate viewing audiences on PVRs and devices, Nielsen tries to count those too.

posted by rcade at 12:29 PM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Sport, especially baseball for me, is about the point between possibility and result, when the quantum outcome cloud collapses into a single kinetic event.

That's a beautiful phrase, but I prefer possibilities that actually happen sometimes. While he was with the Texas Rangers, Len Barker threw a pitch so wild it went over the backstop. To me, waiting for the hypothetical botched IBB is like waiting for another pitch over the backstop after 36 years. It would be funny, but hardly of such consequence that the opportunity must always be preserved.

I'm not focusing on automatic IBBs as much as I'm endorsing a liberal approach to making the game faster. If that idea failed and others succeeded, that's fine with me.

posted by rcade at 09:21 AM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

An automatic IBB does not allow the mishandling of a ball by either the pitcher or the catcher - and I have seen some of those come real close to bouncing away or being overthrown.

When the best you can say is that you saw some come "real close" to disaster, that says it all. I've been following the game since 1974. I can't recall a single time anyone botched an IBB toss.

I appreciate your attempt to find drama in the IBB, but my personal preference is to see how the automatic IBB feels in play as the experiment is attempted. I don't think the four soft tosses would be missed.

... I think preserving the game and being able to offer a product with integrity would be at the top of the list, not some dumbed-down, fast-track version that only supports todays loss of attention span.

Baseball isn't smarter today because it's played in over three hours -- the longest average game time on record -- instead of in 2 hours and 35 minutes like it was in the 1980s.

Did you think the game was a "dumbed-down, fast track version" that lacked integrity 30 years ago?

posted by rcade at 10:14 PM on October 05

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

But not the same human element that would otherwise be forced to throw the ball four times. I like the nuance possibilities.

What nuances? Have you ever in a lifetime of watching MLB seen something exciting happen during those four balls being thrown? Ball to the backstop advancing runners? Player swinging at a pitch and hitting it? Pigeon knocked unconcious by the ball? Attractive fan leave seats behind home plate? Anything?

The things you call exciting about an IBB involve the strategy of walking someone intentionally, which would be identical whether the IBB is four actual pitches or a manager's command.

Should we just make a TD worth 7 points since the extra point conversion rate is 99+%?

Funny you should mention that. The NFL tested longer PATs in the preseason. Why? Because PATs are so automatic they're boring.

IBBs are far more automatic than PATs.

posted by rcade at 05:08 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I think it was around 90 minutes.

posted by rcade at 12:44 PM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

TCU deserves the belt after this trick play.

posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on October 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

We drafted at that time a year ago so I carried it over. Got anybody who can draft for you?

posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on October 05

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Again - baseball TV contracts continue to be more valuable than ever.

What top pro sport's TV contracts aren't "more valuable than ever"? Population increases and the value of broadcast content that most people still watch live helps all the major sports, including baseball. Baseball also is helped by the massive amount of content it produces, which has to be tops in the world among top-tier, major spectator sports.

Baseball is still #2 in the major 4 for ratings. ... The Super Bowl, comparatively, is one Sunday night in February, at the same time every year, and has nothing else to compete with on the dial.

"The 26 most-watched sporting events of 2013 were all NFL games, including sixteen in the regular season alone. ... The only non-NFL events to crack the top 50 were Games 6 and 7 of the NBA Finals and the national championship games of college football and college basketball."

The same link shows that out of non-NFL broadcasts, the most-watched MLB game trailed the most-watched events in college football, the NBA and college basketball.

The 11.3 rating for the most-watched MLB game, which was game 6 of the Cardinals/Red Sox World Series, is half what it was in the 1980s.

The point being - concluding the game is too long, in a very changing world, is the reason people don't watch the World Series anymore is ignoring a lot of factors - one huge one being, a lot of people still haven't forgiven baseball for the PED scandal.

I never said it was the only reason. What makes you think the PED scandal matters enough to casual fans to keep them away from watching? That seems like an issue that would affect baseball lifers like us, and mostly we're a bunch who are as likely to quit the sport as a Red Sox fan is to switch allegiances to the Yankees.

P.s. Baseball does have Kate Upton. So there's that.

posted by rcade at 08:12 PM on October 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

With benefit of hindsight, my decision not to submit picks this week was bad strategy.

posted by rcade at 08:00 PM on October 04

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

I like IBBs.

I was looking for an example of one in which something exciting happened as the balls were being thrown. An automatic IBB would have the same decisions, strategy and so on.

I don't see the drama in the actual delivery of the pitches. I think fans would get used to the "take a base" signal pretty quickly, and for stat purposes four balls could be put on the pitcher automatically as well.

posted by rcade at 06:02 AM on October 04

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

... that take between 1 full day and 5 days.

I take back anything I said about the slow pace of baseball.

Baseball has always had a different pace than those sports, and yet has somehow survived for over a hundred years.

The question isn't whether it's going to survive, it's whether the sport will continue to fade in prominence and cultural impact. It was once *the* American pro team sport. Now that's quite obviously the NFL. Survival isn't in question. Baseball can survive as a well-attended niche sport, just like hockey.

But remember what it was like when ESPN dropped hockey and a big chunk of its time on SportsCenter disappeared? How would that feel if it happened to baseball?

I'm surprised there are so many voices here for baseball doing nothing about game length and speed of play. Do you all really think baseball needs no changes? If so, how do you explain the long drop in World Series ratings, and why is that not a problem?

posted by rcade at 05:56 AM on October 04

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Except when it is.

I can't recall a single intentional walk that was exciting in the entire time I've been following the game. Can you?

posted by rcade at 07:59 AM on October 03

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

All the while, no one in the stands or on TV has seen anything happen and is confused.

I've already said that the new walk rule seems weird to me, but I don't regard a four-pitch intentional walk as something with any excitement potential.

The crowd figures out balks. They could figure this out as well with a hand gesture from the ump. Or they could use a one pitch intentional walk. The catcher tells the ump what's going on, stands up to take a throw and that counts as four balls.

posted by rcade at 12:14 PM on October 02

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Do you honestly think that is about games being 15-30 minutes longer, or due to the fact that kids have way, way more options available to them now than they did when you grew up?

I think it can be both. When you sit down to watch a game on TV, baseball asks for more of your time than any other major spectator sport.

Like golf, the whole romance has been getting out of the hustle-and-bustle and enjoying a few hours of peanuts, cracker jacks, and never going back to real life.

I'm not just talking about the in-game spectator experience, but television as well. A sport has to be good TV to thrive. I don't see any of the six experimental rules that would make baseball worse on TV, and several would make it better.

As for getting out of the hustle and bustle, would any team sport but baseball be described that way for spectators? It's an odd selling point. Hustle and bustle is pretty entertaining in soccer, football, hockey and basketball.

I concede that golf's charm is in part to that, but even then I've been to several Players Championships in Jacksonville and watched many other majors and they can build to some compelling drama.

posted by rcade at 11:55 AM on October 02

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

I think the excitement the game offers is more apparent when it doesn't drag on and on because of slow pitchers, slow hitters and lots of conferences on the mound.

I'm a lifer who embraced the game as an eight-year-old. I organized sandlot games where we got four kids a side all summer long and listened to Dick Risenhoover call Rangers games on WBAP throughout elementary school. I still enjoy baseball. But I don't see my sons' generation taking to the game the way I did, and I think slow play is a factor.

posted by rcade at 08:50 AM on October 02

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

I just don't see how shortening a game will increase youth participation ...

Kids who watch the game are more likely to play it.

Looks to me that attendance is way up from 30 years ago despite the 20% increase of game length.

That's one positive metric, but it's not the only way to measure the success of the game. World Series ratings have been in a long swoon.

All this praise about a game that took 4 hours and 45 minutes to play.

Do you think every 4:45 game is as exciting as a one-game playoff in which the lead changed four times?

posted by rcade at 07:12 AM on October 02

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Fade from who?

TV ratings, fan support, youth participation and cultural prominence. As good as it is, the game is too long and the sequences of slow play are too boring. Last night's marathon was great because everything was on the line. But that's rare.

"Thirty years ago, the average time of a game was 2 hours 35 minutes. This season, through last Sunday's games, it was 3 hours 2 minutes 47 seconds, which would be the longest on record." -- New York Times

posted by rcade at 08:55 PM on October 01

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Baseball needs to be sped up. The game will fade without faster play.

I like most of these ideas, but an intentional walk without any pitches is weird.

posted by rcade at 05:13 PM on October 01

Royals Steal 9-8 Win Over A's in Epic 12-Inning AL Wild Card

"They all laughed when I said I was going to calligraphy school! Who's laughing now?"

posted by rcade at 02:43 PM on October 01

Lights On

It's amazing how long it took for the FCC to abolish this. I hope it puts pressure on the NFL to stop putting it in contracts and it drops enforcement of the existing clause.

posted by rcade at 10:28 AM on October 01

Royals Steal 9-8 Win Over A's in Epic 12-Inning AL Wild Card

... if not for the catcher dropping the pitchout, he likely would have been thrown out.

True, but that mistake is one of the arguments for speed. It puts more pressure on opponents to make plays, and they aren't always up to the task.

The one-game wild card is weird, but that one was a classic. I'm glad the KC fans get a longer party.

posted by rcade at 10:17 AM on October 01

SportsFilter Fantasy Hockey Needs 4 Owners

Welcome, imbiber of the finest in crotch cocktails. We have one opening left.

posted by rcade at 09:04 AM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Someday a quarterback is going to be lit up doing this trick play. I salute that future linebacker.

posted by rcade at 06:05 PM on September 29

Tackled Ohio State Student Was Wearing Secret Booze Panties

His 32 ounce booze panties were empty. I don't know what goes best in crotch spirits -- I would go with a nice Belgian dubbel, tripel or quad if I could keep it cold -- but if he chose vodka his panties could hold 16 shots.

posted by rcade at 02:27 PM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sometimes you see a photo and wonder do I want to know?

posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on September 29

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

This is appalling. There should be an immediate investigation into all coaches who saw Morris looking so wobbly after the illegal hit and let him go back in, and Hoke should be held responsible regardless of his claim he didn't see it.

When Hoke says this, it's the kind of callous and unenlightened remark that got Mike Leach dumped by Texas Tech: "I don't know if he had a concussion or not, I don't know that. Shane's a pretty competitive, tough kid. And Shane wanted to be the quarterback, and so, believe me, if he didn't want to be he would've come to the sideline or stayed down."

A coach at any level who ignored the heatstroke and dehydration risks at practice and got a player killed would be fired and potentially prosecuted. We've become more enlightened about that. Maybe it's time for the same approach towards concussions.

posted by rcade at 01:48 PM on September 29

SportsFilter Fantasy Hockey Needs 4 Owners

We gained another owner and lost Brett Ballantini, so we still have two spots left.

Not sure what's going on here. If the proposal to collect dues is a dealbreaker to anybody, I wish they'd let me know. I floated the idea because I thought it would make the league more competitive. If an owner is adamant about not paying dues, they can be excluded from the dues and the prizes could go to the top four owners who did contribute to the pot.

posted by rcade at 12:25 PM on September 29

Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title

Altuve helped me win my first fantasy sports title in 27 years of trying. I'm somebody now! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity that makes people! Things are going to start happening to me now.

posted by rcade at 10:38 AM on September 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sadly, the Rcade Cup is being held in London this year. It only has been held once in the Insurance capital of Florida, back in 2006.

This game is a tough one for me in seasons when both teams have something to lose by losing. But I didn't expect to face that dilemma this time around.

I guess I'm rooting for Jacksonville to get a late equalizer and for Dallas to score the winner in extra time.

posted by rcade at 10:36 AM on September 29

Jose Altuve Asks to Play, Risks Batting Title

He came in as a late pinch-hitter today, but otherwise rode the pine.

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on September 28

SportsFilter Fantasy Hockey Needs 4 Owners

Yep. We gained one owner and lost Meatsaber, so we have two spots left.

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I just saw that live. I didn't think there was any chance it gets caught, and Zimmermann didn't think so either when it left the bat. Great play.

posted by rcade at 04:06 PM on September 28

SportsFilter Fantasy Hockey Needs 4 Owners

Another slot has been claimed by Hoser from the Drudge Retort.

Still can't find last year's champ Steve Hollister of Pimpin' Ain't Parise. I was hoping he'd be around so his hopes to repeat could be dashed.

posted by rcade at 12:34 PM on September 27

SportsFilter Fantasy Hockey Needs 4 Owners

One slot has been claimed by Brett Ballantini. Three more open.

We're voting on the league's ESPN site on whether to collect $25 dues to give to the winner (50%), runner-up (30%) and other two playoff teams (20% and 10%).

posted by rcade at 04:30 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

Montreal by 4

Edmonton by 12

Winnipeg by 3

Calgary by 14

posted by rcade at 04:28 PM on September 26

Play SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey League

Does anyone in the league know those three owners? I'm about to open up the league to new owners, but I want to give them a last shot to return.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on September 25

Grand Jury Does Not Indict Tony Stewart in Accident

Was Stewart drug tested that night? Nope.

"There was no toxicology work performed on Tony Stewart, however a certified drug recognition expert had interviewed him on the night of the collision and determined that he found no basis to observe any alcohol consumption or impairment by drugs."

Seems a little convenient that the dead guy gets tested and the famous guy who ran him over doesn't.

posted by rcade at 09:27 PM on September 24