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Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

A bag containing four baseballs signed by Jose Fernandez has washed ashore.

posted by rcade at 09:33 PM on September 27

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

The Marlins played a mournful "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as part of the Jose Fernandez tribute. I don't think I've heard that before.

Seeing Dee Gordon hit a home run and become overcome with emotion rounding the bases reminded me of losing a rec-league basketball teammate in his 20s a long time ago to a heart attack. Eight days later we decided to play instead of canceling another game, in his honor. We were still in shock and were quite terrible, but it helped.

posted by rcade at 10:06 AM on September 27

RIP Arnold Palmer, 1929-2016

You beat me to this one. I gotta post my summary anyway for personal reasons:

Arnold Palmer, the favorite golfer of my late grandfather Glenn "Bill" Craker and millions of others he brought into a deep and abiding love of the sport, died Sunday at age 87. He won 62 PGA Tour titles, seven majors in seven years and had a career that spanned six decades. "What other people find in poetry, I find in the flight of a good drive," Palmer once said.

I think I'm headed to the World Golf Hall of Fame this week, which is by my good fortune close to where I live.

posted by rcade at 09:17 PM on September 25

Texas A&M takes College Football Belt

Keeping it in Texas won't be easy. A&M has to play conference games against No. 11 Tennessee, No. 1 Alabama, No. 16 Ole Miss and LSU.

posted by rcade at 07:27 PM on September 25

SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey Looking for Teams

Cool. I'll give the returning owners a little while and then email you an invitation. Two owners retired after last season and the first season champ may want back in, so there should be at least one opening.

posted by rcade at 12:04 PM on September 25

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

Absolutely tragic. He has to be one of the best players in baseball to be lost while in his prime.

He posted an Instagram photo five days ago indicating a baby is on the way.

posted by rcade at 10:18 AM on September 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Argoal is on a Saskatche-roll. Two weeks, two perfect picks.

posted by rcade at 09:08 AM on September 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Why didn't the clock expire in Winnipeg/Calgary? Calgary had no timeouts and completed a pass in the middle of the field on a play that ended with 4 seconds left. I thought the clock would start again when the ball was set. It went down to 00. They were allowed to attempt a 52-year-old field goal that won the game.

posted by rcade at 07:14 PM on September 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Ottawa by 10

B.C. by 3

Calgary by 13

Hamilton by 7

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Houston by 13
Arizona by 4
Oakland by 7
Miami by 13
Jacksonville by 5
Green Bay by 3
Cincinnati by 3
Carolina by 7
New York Giants by 4
Tampa Bay by 21
Seattle by 17 <-- lock
Kansas City by 3
Indianapolis by 9
Pittsburgh by 3
Dallas by 10
Atlanta by 3

I blew up 3 locks last week. Just one this time.

posted by rcade at 08:03 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Sorry. Sorting troubles.

posted by rcade at 03:11 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

These results are preliminary. I'm still checking numbers and working on the presentation. You can use the arrows to find your picks and discount doublecheck them.

posted by rcade at 02:03 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Watching the Rams game flashed me back to seeing games as a kid.

That's how pro and college football looked on the Magnavox back in the 1970s: a giant sea of people with no aisles and no luxury.

And we liked it.

posted by rcade at 03:13 PM on September 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Anyone else see Adrian Peterson hopping through a restaurant on his way to the locker room?

posted by rcade at 11:49 AM on September 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Hamilton by 13 (too late to count, but if I don't make a pick it jinxes the whole week)

Winnipeg by 9

Calgary by 13

Edmonton by 3

posted by rcade at 08:19 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Is the NFL taking over anyone else's browser with a pop-up ad over websites that shows a team logo with several menu commands? I keep seeing the Jaguars logo and it takes up to 5 seconds to dismiss it and see a site.

posted by rcade at 04:49 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Terry Gross asked Abby Wambach this question on NPR: "You'd had a boyfriend in high school. You went to the prom together. You were considered, like, the jock couple of Rochester, New York. Was it helpful on Long Island to have had a boyfriend, to have had sex with a boy, so that you could know with more certainty, 'no, I love women?'"

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm working on PHP code to run the NFL Pick 'Em. I need some HTML/CSS/scripting help: I want a card layout where I show one player's pick results for a week at a time and you can go forward and back through all players. Any elegant solutions?

posted by rcade at 12:38 PM on September 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

Buffalo by 3
Baltimore by 8
Cincinnati by 3
Dallas by 7
Houston by 4
Miami by 6
New York Giants by 3
Carolina by 13 <-- lock
Detroit by 10 <-- lock
Seattle by 9 <-- lock
Arizona by 3
Oakland by 4
Denver by 3
Jacksonville by 6
Green Bay by 9 <-- lock
Philadelphia by 2

posted by rcade at 07:34 PM on September 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

That's OK. I got the post out late while I write new PHP code to run the game.

posted by rcade at 12:53 PM on September 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

Scores are being compiled.

posted by rcade at 12:37 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A booth person could do it, but tech would be infallible. I'd like to be the person who thought of this before Bill Belichick.

posted by rcade at 08:54 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Packers just caught the Jaguars with 12 men on the field through a coach's challenge.

This makes me wonder: Is tech available that would enable an NFL team to count the opponent's players automatically and alert a coach every time it happens?

posted by rcade at 01:17 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ladies and gentlemen, Dimitri Payet.

posted by rcade at 04:39 PM on September 10

Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets

I'm surprised there's open griping by minor leaguers about Tebow's contract. They can't be thinking there's an expectation of fairness in the money and hype that go to other players.

When I suggested the CFL for Tebow here in the past, I was told his passing deficiencies made him even more ill suited to that league than the NFL.

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on September 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Can he be caught?

He cannot be stopped. He can only be contained.

B.C. by 10
Winnipeg by 6
Calgary by 3
Hamilton by 13

posted by rcade at 08:13 PM on September 09

Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets

I didn't know Plimpton had robust sexual adventures. Tebow might not be the man for that job.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said of the Tebow signing, "This was not something that was driven by marketing considerations or anything of the sort."

This comment makes me wonder whether any current GM in Major League Baseball would admit that marketing played a role in a player acquisition. It seems like the spirit of Bill Veeck has been completely exorcised from the game.

It would be refreshing if Alderson said, "We saw enough at his tryout to take a flyer on him and boost attendance at our minor league clubs."

posted by rcade at 12:11 PM on September 09

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Carolina by 10
Atlanta by 6
Minnesota by 3
Philadelphia by 7
Cincinnati by 3
New Orleans by 6
Kansas City by 13 <-- lock
Buffalo by 6
Houston by 10
Green Bay by 7
Seattle by 17 <-- lock
New York Giants by 4
Detroit by 3
Arizona by 9
Washington by 3
Los Angeles by 4

posted by rcade at 07:56 PM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

I understand that rcade has hired an investigator to periodically visit you and check the pressure.

I'm sorry if my hands are cold. Please turn your head and cough.

posted by rcade at 07:51 PM on September 08

Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets

If he has any chance at all to get out of AA he made the right move.

I want a George Plimpton life for this guy, trying pro sports in sequence until he makes it.

posted by rcade at 02:48 PM on September 08

Tim Tebow Signs Minor League Contract with Mets

I am hoping Tebow does something with this opportunity, as I did the last several opportunities he got in football.

Maybe I'm rooting too hard for a native son, or perhaps I just don't like him as a broadcaster.

posted by rcade at 11:16 AM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Several rules changes discussed last year are in effect. The biggest is that you can have as many stone cold lead pipe locks as you want (or none).

posted by rcade at 02:36 PM on September 07

Troy Aikman Blasts Fox Hiring Skip Bayless

I read Skip Bayless in the Dallas Times-Herald as a kid, listened to the Cowboys post-game show where he'd just learned the Times-Herald was being shut down and was a day one listener to his first talk show on The Ticket.

Early Skip in the newspaper was good. When he got that radio show, it became apparent quickly how much he relied on shtick and hot takes he championed for shock value. I don't think he believed he would get attention any other way. People still make fun of his show-ending gimmick where he'd play a basketball horn and say, "Shot clock got me."

He was The Ticket's morning drive guy and supposed to be one of its two stars. But listeners didn't like him and he was out pretty quickly. That was the beginning of the end of my Bayless fandom.

Sometimes I entertain the idea of writing a book on Bayless. He's been bad for sports journalism in so many ways.

posted by rcade at 10:48 AM on September 07

Troy Aikman Blasts Fox Hiring Skip Bayless

I know someone who was a property manager where Bayless lived in Dallas not long before he wrote that Cowboys book spreading rumors about Aikman being gay. I found his speculation ironic because that's exactly what neighbors said about Bayless.

posted by rcade at 11:00 PM on September 06

TCU Begins Defense of College Football Belt Against South Dakota State

I listened to that one for a while on a South Dakota radio station. An upset could've put the Belt below the FBS for an entire season.

posted by rcade at 07:46 PM on September 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Nebraska took an intentional delay of game on their first punt today with a missing man formation for their punter Sam Foltz, who died in the off-season.

posted by rcade at 09:15 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I asked the question knowing there probably was one. There's an unwritten rule for everything in baseball.

Odor dodges immediate criticism from the catcher for pimp-walking ...

True, but the infielders and pitcher all had a chance to make objections known. I was wondering if that would happen.

After the Bautista punch anybody who challenges Odor knows it could get real in a hurry because of his quick temper. I'll be surprised if he gets plunked.

Found it on a screen asking me for $24.99.

Me too. Then I searched Twitter and found out it was on BEIN, which I pay for. Don't know why Comcast Xfinity steered me to pay when it was available already. That doesn't usually happen.

posted by rcade at 10:53 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

He didn't break a bat flip unwritten rule. Is there one for insufficient haste?

posted by rcade at 03:50 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

B.C. by 4

Ottawa by 10

Winnipeg by 13

Calgary by 7

Hamilton by 9

posted by rcade at 05:57 PM on August 31

Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season

I'm always mystified when a healthy athlete in a non-contact drill plants a foot and blows up a knee. Dante Fowler Jr. lost his rookie year to that kind of preseason nightmare.

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

He pulled the rug right out from under them.

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on August 30

Hope Solo takes leave of absence

Perhaps she has really good personal reasons for doing this, but I think this seems like a mistake for her international career. Her best hope to earn a spot back on the squad after the suspension is to be out there playing well for somebody.

Landon Donovan and Tim Howard both took breaks. Donovan didn't make the last World Cup and Howard was a backup in the Copa.

Here, Solo's suspended for a good reason and taking a playing break.

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on August 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

That was funny.

posted by rcade at 03:24 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Ottawa by damn it I'm too late. Ignore this pick.

Winnipeg by 4

Edmonton by 23

Calgary by 6

posted by rcade at 08:01 PM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Ottawa by 13

Calgary by 3

Edmonton by 6

Hamilton by 16

posted by rcade at 05:54 PM on August 19

LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team

This made me wonder if the smart play for LeBron would be to buy the team before he retires and increase its value by playing for it. Could an owner pay himself $1 a year?

The New Orleans Pelicans appear to be the lowest valued franchise at $650 million.

If he were to end his career with five years as player-owner of the Pelicans, what's that worth in salary savings and increased franchise value?

posted by rcade at 12:32 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

In soccer, I thought the phrase "against the run of play" meant a counterattack when the other team has most of its players close to the opposing goal.

Today in the Wednesday/Norwich City game, it was used to describe Wednesday getting an attack during a stretch when Norwich City had been dominant. It wasn't a counterattack.

Which is it?

posted by rcade at 07:47 PM on August 13

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

Solo's getting shredded on Twitter. A lot of American fans don't appreciate the way she's embarrassed the entire team with this response.

Considering all the opponents who've had to endure disappointment against the U.S., it's a real shame Solo had so little grace in defeat.

I can remember a Canada team that lost after a penalty was awarded because the keeper took too long to make a goal kick. Can you imagine the thermonuclear explosion if that had happened to Solo instead?

posted by rcade at 10:30 PM on August 12

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

Do we have a keeper who can do to Solo at 35 what she did to Breanna Scurry at that age and shove her into international retirement? As good as Solo has been, I'm tired of the immaturity.

posted by rcade at 06:48 PM on August 12

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I bumped this post back up since there are still 24 hours left to enter before week 1. You can enter later, but that makes winning the league a tough ask.

posted by rcade at 01:28 PM on August 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

No Ottawa game this week, which should be illegal.

Edmonton by 9

Winnipeg by 3

Calgary by 13

British Columbia by 10

posted by rcade at 04:41 PM on August 11

Prince Fielder's Baseball Career is Probably Over

Prince has given an emotional presser.

posted by rcade at 06:22 PM on August 10

Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies

A lot of ESPN anchors aggravated me with their antics, but Saunders was solid. He'll be missed.

posted by rcade at 02:20 PM on August 10

Prince Fielder's Baseball Career is Probably Over

Contrary to some hot takes in Texas, I don't think the Rangers could have reasonably foreseen this. Fielder was 29 and had played three 162-game seasons in a row when acquired in that trade. It's just bad luck when he suffered these career-threatening injuries.

posted by rcade at 11:27 AM on August 10

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Speaking as a Canadian football expert (as of this week), Tebow's passing deficiencies would be more apparent there than in the NFL. They pass so often a handoff is just an extremely short pass.

MeatSaber's line wins the Internet.

posted by rcade at 09:25 AM on August 10

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Why would that matter to him more than a longshot chance to play pro ball? Tim Tebow performs circumcisions for Jesus. He's immune to ridicule.

posted by rcade at 05:49 PM on August 09

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

The Angels were going to draft Tebow, but he didn't return an information card and they thought he wasn't interested. He had attended an elite high school baseball combine.

The link says he's already gotten a contract offer.

posted by rcade at 02:42 PM on August 09

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

Sometimes they do. Why not take a stab at it if he can get teams to give him a look?

Why would inability in football mean inability in baseball? We've seen athletes who were good enough to play both sports before.

posted by rcade at 12:30 PM on August 09

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

I wouldn't be surprised if Tebow got a look from some club that put him at Triple-A to see what he could do.

My Texas Rangers have done some outside-the-box signings before, like Josh Hamilton and Matt Bush, and those guys had big character concerns. Tebow is as squeaky clean as it gets in sports.

posted by rcade at 10:33 AM on August 09

Jim Furyk Scores First 58 in PGA History

Good point, but there's something cool about the number. Does the media get excited about the most below par?

Furyk's accomplishment would be meaningless if Pyongyang Golf Complex was on the PGA Tour. Kim Jong il shot a 34 there with 11 holes in one the first time he picked up a club.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on August 08