Recent Comments by rcade

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"There's some things you can cover up. And there's some things you can't."

I can't believe Ray Lewis said that,

posted by rcade at 09:13 PM on September 23

Play SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey League

We have six of the nine owners from last season back so far. The three missing are Phredd Groves of the Winterfell Wolves, Zach Babb of Indiana ZHC and Steve Hollister of Pimpin Ain't Parise.

The 10th owner isn't being invited back because of the weird abusive homophobic meltdown he had on the league's ESPN message board when a team sat a goalie on the final day to preserve wins in GAA and SV%.

posted by rcade at 06:45 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL celebrating a sack yesterday and is lost for the season.

posted by rcade at 03:24 PM on September 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Browns tried a trick play where Johnny Manzeil walks off the field and yells at coaches, but is really a wideout.

Next I'm looking forward to the "just hand me the ball, center, and I'll mark off 10 yards like a ref before -- PYSCH! -- I'm really a runner!"

posted by rcade at 08:08 AM on September 22

Play SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey League

I sent another invite to your email address here. Check to make sure your ESPN account has your current email too.

posted by rcade at 04:49 PM on September 21

Join the SportsFilter Fantasy Premier League

I'm enjoying my time in first place while it lasts.

You can put your team in multiple leagues, so joining this one will keep you in the old SportsFilter league whose owner has disappeared.

Anyone else having a terrible year?

posted by rcade at 10:44 AM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Now 77-3. UNT has not dispensed a beating like this since the 1940s. It upsets the natural order of things.

When I went to UNT in the '80s we were in the I-AA Southland Conference, the same one as the Nicholls State team we're pasting today.

posted by rcade at 06:25 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Longest goal in Bundesliga history.

posted by rcade at 05:01 PM on September 20

Play SportsFilter's ESPN Fantasy Hockey League

I emailed invites to the owners through ESPN's email interface. If you didn't get one and you were in the league last year, post a comment and I'll send it to your SportsFilter email address. (Also, let me know what team you ran last season -- I lost that information.)

We have at least one opening for an owner in the 10-team league, which plays head-to-head matchups each week in 10 roto categories. If you're interested, let me know.

The draft is the Saturday night before the season begins.

posted by rcade at 03:03 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It would be refreshing if a team/school/league formalized the policy of "making a punishment more severe when the media won't shut their pieholes."

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on September 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

B.C. by 12.

Hamilton by 4

Calgary by 13

Saskatchewan by 22

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on September 19

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

An Andrew Sullivan reader offers a psychologist's take on why harsh corporal punishment on a young child is such a bad idea.

The short answer is that when the developing brain endures prolonged "fear states," a person is more likely to be violent as an adult.

I'm probably wrong, but this observation makes me wonder if NFL football players are more likely to have endured corporal punishment and thus more capable of playing an extremely violent sport at its highest level.

posted by rcade at 10:12 AM on September 19

Ron Washington Resigns as Texas Rangers Manager

That press conference is profoundly weird.

If Ron Washington thinks he needs to quit his job to save his marriage, I don't question that.

But why was he represented at the press conference by a lawyer experienced in white-collar criminal defense, and why has he hired public-relations and crisis-management consultants?

As a Rangers fan I didn't need Wash apologizing to me for adultery. I don't like him in that way.

I like the idea being floated of Michael Young as his successor.

posted by rcade at 08:26 AM on September 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Peyton Manning bought 21 pizza restaurants in Denver weeks before Colorado legalized pot.

They're posting record sales.

posted by rcade at 02:34 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I was one of the kids who opened up Yale, attending from 2nd through 5th grade in 1975-78. My younger brother and sister were four years behind me there. Sounds like you just missed us.

Go Roadrunners! (We chose that mascot. It was a heated debate that tore us apart not unlike today's Scotland vote.)

posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

When I went to school in Texas in the '70s and '80s, teachers would threaten to paddle students and some carried out that threat. I can remember being in class while a teacher took a student to the adjacent resource room for paddling, then listening to the kid wail.

Paddles seemed to disappear from that school district in Richardson within 3-5 years, but when I moved to the smaller town of Burleson in middle school, they were back. Some teachers hung them up on their class wall (labeled "Board of Education"). My basketball coach occasionally paddled players in the locker room after practice as we were changing out of our gym clothes or uniforms, and in retrospect it was a spectacle both awkward and homoerotic.

posted by rcade at 01:32 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If the NFL had half a brain, they would have an office that did nothing but overpump any positive league or player related story they could get their hands on.

I wonder if sports fans would visit a site that was about athletes doing good works. Read a little Deadspin to work up a nice rage, then visit Goodspin to even out.

posted by rcade at 11:58 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There's an interesting trend in the ESPN online poll results for whether the Vikings should have suspended Adrian Peterson. The Yes votes are in the majority everywhere but the south.

posted by rcade at 06:48 AM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I don't see a sports world without positive role models. I see an environment that gives far more attention to negative stories about athletes than positive ones.

Adam Wainwright builds orphanages and clean-water projects in Haiti. Cool story, and he runs a cool charity, but it's reported locally and forgotten.

Any random story about athlete misbehavior, including Jameis Winston standing on a table at college and yelling a profane Internet meme, is going to spread wider than that.

posted by rcade at 06:33 AM on September 18

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

What exactly was Peterson trying to get his kid to learn by doing this to him?

From a story: "Peterson's son had pushed another one of Peterson's children off of a motorbike video game."

I don't believe in corporal punishment. Didn't like it as a kid, don't do it as an adult. But do you think it is unusual for a dad to give a four-year-old a spanking because he was physically violent with another kid?

posted by rcade at 03:04 PM on September 17

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

I don't see how the injuries rise to the level of being a criminal offense, given that corporal punishment by parents and schools is still widespread in this country. In schools, in the last year of data available, 223,190 students were paddled.

It seems capricious that Peterson is being punished for this, absent more evidence that the media has not yet brought to light.

(Note: Regardless of how common it is, I'd be happy to see this practice fade into the past.)

posted by rcade at 10:54 AM on September 17

Giancarlo Stanton Hit in Face with 88-Mph Pitch

posted by rcade at 04:08 PM on September 16

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

The second shoe dropping is not a good sign for Peterson. Given the new climate where the league has to prove extra double good that it cares about domestic violence, I think Goodell will likely drop the hammer on him.

posted by rcade at 11:15 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Why should the Rutgers AD be compelled to apologize for a fan's shirt that ridicules Penn State for its pedophile cover up? Rutgers didn't sell the shirt or voice any approval for the shirt. Fans mock their rivals in ways that are in questionable taste all the time in sports.

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on September 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Here's a cool family memento shared by a guy whose great-uncle was offered an NFL tryout in the 1940s:

posted by rcade at 08:58 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Oregon Duck is Donald Duck. The school's AD in the '40s was a friend of Walt Disney and the agreement was formalized in 1973. Part of the deal is that gear with him on it isn't sold nationally.

posted by rcade at 07:16 AM on September 14

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

We don't know all the details yet, but I'll bet the public take on this ends up with as much praise for Peterson as criticism. And we're going to hear from a lot of people whose dads took the paddle, switch or belt to them.

But I drafted Peterson with the fourth pick in a way-too-serious fantasy league. So you can guess why I might be looking for reasons to believe this is minor.

posted by rcade at 09:51 PM on September 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Edmonton by 16

Calgary by 11

B.C by 12

Saskatchewan by 20

posted by rcade at 05:51 PM on September 12

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

That's how I read it. The job reminds me of what the title character does on Showtime's Ray Donovan. He gets a call when a mega-rich client in Hollywood does something criminal or massively stupid and cleans it up before the press gets involved.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on September 12

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Interesting story today casting further doubt on the idea the NFL never saw the video before this week:

"A former NFL team security director who does not want to be identified told CBS News that in his career, there was never a case where he sought surveillance tapes from hotels, nightclubs or local law enforcement and did not obtain it."

Every NFL team hires a security director. A job description of the position states that duties include "personal visits to local casinos, night clubs, etc. requesting the cooperation of the establishments' management in the event a player or team employee is perceived as a potential problem."

posted by rcade at 10:12 AM on September 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

I'm facing the same dilemma with the Jaguars this week going on the road against the LanhamActViolators.

posted by rcade at 03:57 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Rice was suspended 2 games, Goodell changed the rules after the fact and said that anyone charged with domestic violence would be suspended 6 games.

Goodell did not apply the six-game penalty to Rice when the NFL announced it. Rice was still on a two-game suspension when the video in the elevator was revealed by TMZ.

posted by rcade at 02:23 PM on September 11

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

There's a clear double standard at work when it comes to male and female violence that I call "incredibly sexist".

I don't see anyone defending domestic violence by women. You have a good point about Hope Solo being treated differently within her sport by not being suspended ahead of a criminal punishment, but the biggest reason for less public outrage is that women's soccer has a much lower profile than the NFL.

As for the rest, I vehemently disagree with the idea that throwing a punch is "almost instinctual" or justifiable in any circumstance in a domestic situation. A punch isn't a defensive act; it's an offensive one. It does not defuse a situation, it escalates it.

When you rationalize that Rice's punch might be defensible because it was just one punch and she hit him too, it makes me question whether you've ever known a woman who was a victim of domestic violence. There are a lot of men beating on their much smaller, much weaker female partners. To me, that trend matters far more than all these other things you'd rather us condemn, like the NFL using disciplinary policies for PR damage control.

posted by rcade at 08:13 AM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's a little disturbing how much this Canadian broadcaster keeps his cool while Mike Tyson is calling him a piece of s---.

posted by rcade at 07:25 PM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Lord knows, no one who replied seemed to do more than cherry speak key quotes and strawman the shit out of this.


I tried to give you the benefit of my perspective. Others did as well. But I guess you rolled in here with all the answers.

Your possible scenario of Janay Rice as the provoker got a little less likely today. Sources told ESPN that Ray Rice spat in her face twice, once outside the elevator and once inside, "prompting her to retaliate with movements that were ultimately countered with a knockout punch."

P.s. Do you really not recognize that your reference to "RadFem nonsense about how all women are Victorian-era delicate flowers and all men -- especially black men -- are savage beasts of lust and rage" was a total straw man? I let that slide, but if you're going to claim you were strawmanned we can go over all the arguments you refuted that no one is actually making.

posted by rcade at 06:00 PM on September 10

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

I don't think we know yet whether the Toronto series could work. Things take time to develop. The first Super Bowl had 33,000 unsold seats. Playing one or two games in Toronto a season seems like a good way to strengthen the financial position, TV audience and fan base of the small-market Bills.

It's certainly easier for Bills fans than what the Jags are doing by going to London each year. I wait years for Dallas to come to play Jacksonville. They are this year, and guess where it is?

posted by rcade at 10:14 AM on September 10

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Don't hit people if you don't want to be hit I mention this as an addendum to the above, only because I think it's important- and perhaps you'll think me a caveman, but if I went up to an NFL player and took a swing, no one would feel bad if I got knocked out. So if you think it's bad when he defends himself from a woman who is slapping at him and coming at him because she's a woman... then you are being sexist.

A man savagely punches his fiance and knocks her out -- a blow that could have killed her -- and you're concerned about sexism against men? I'm not getting that at all. You are rationalizing what Ray Rice did with the suggestion he was defending himself, but he's a muscular 212-pound man in world-class athletic condition. Even if she had struck him first in the elevator, which she didn't do from what I saw, he could have defended himself without punching her. Jay Z managed to defend himself from Beyonce's sister when she attacked him in an elevator without assaulting her back.

In the '90s my wife spent months with domestic violence victims and perpetrators on an investigative journalism series for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Your perception that Janay Rice defending her now-husband likely means that it was "an isolated incident" runs contrary to what she learned in that story. Many women who are victims of domestic violence and stay with their abusers often recant their accusations or defend the abuser. There's a deeply dysfunctional psychology that plays out in these relationships. Some abusers are very good at manipulating their victims into thinking they're to blame for "provoking" them. Victims buy into the cycle of brutal violence followed by passionate contrition and think that's how a relationship is supposed to work.

Janay Rice could be the victim of ongoing domestic abuse and still say what she's saying today. We don't know based on the information available.

Sorry, but I prefer "a man never hits a woman" over "don't hit people if you don't want to be hit" as an operating principle for male/female couples. Men are generally much stronger and bigger than their partners. Men hit their partners more than women do. Men kill their partners more than women do. Nothing good comes from a man hitting a woman. If a man is being hit by a woman and he is more physically capable than the woman, he should remove himself from the situation. If he's less capable, he won't be able to punch his way out of the problem any more than a woman could.

I would never teach my sons that it's OK to hit a woman if she hit them first.

As for the NFL not needing to do anything in response to this, the league depends too much on the goodwill of fans, the media and corporate sponsors to ignore a crime of violence committed by a player. Some people find fault in the NFL extending Rice's suspension because of the new video, but the league is a for-profit business that is always going to protect its bottom line. Rice brutally punching his wife in the face is a PR disaster. Businesses in the midst of a PR disaster do everything they can to make it go away as fast as possible. Social media can make a PR disaster much worse than they used to be.

Look at the pro sports-catering company that had an exec caught on video abusing a dog. Their first response was to state that he "has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior." When that didn't stop the PR damage, a few days later they got his resignation.

Was it fair to give that exec a chance to save his job and then yank it out from under him? No. But if you've made your company take an ongoing financial and PR hit because of your criminal actions, at some point the company might decide to cut its losses. Sucks to be you. Sucks worse to be your victim.

posted by rcade at 09:56 AM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Charles Barkley says Michael Jordan is mad at him for his on-air criticisms of Jordan's performance owning the Charlotte Hornets.

posted by rcade at 05:56 PM on September 09

Area Man Buys Bills for $1B

I'm glad the Bills are staying in Buffalo, and even happier that Donald Trump didn't get the team. I wonder what this means for the Toronto games.

posted by rcade at 04:47 PM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

You're suggesting that as we find out exactly about how bad specific Penn State leaders and athletic department leaders acted in covering up a serial sex abuser, it will make Penn State as a whole look better? I'm guessing not.

posted by rcade at 10:23 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

The Ravens tweeted this on May 23: "Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident." It stayed up until today.

posted by rcade at 08:33 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Exactly! So now Goodell thinks that suspending Rice indefinitely will make people forget that he initially suspended him 2 games.

Goodell isn't working out. It's time for the NFL to begin thinking about new leadership.

posted by rcade at 05:07 PM on September 08

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Maurice Jones-Drew just invented the fumble punt.

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on September 08

Video of Ray Rice Elevator Punch on Partner Released

Regarding Yerfatma's link, there's something that bothers me about sportswriters trying to explain an athlete's serious criminal transgressions. It always feels like the ultimate goal is to scrub up their image so we can get back to our regularly scheduled idol worship.

I'll never forget the Super Bowl where anchors Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms relayed Ray Lewis' feelings about the murders of two men and his role in the crime, which he had apparently said to them off-camera. It was a gauzy treatment that was intended to make one of that game's biggest stars look good. To make Lewis look better, they expressed how he wanted to "someday" contact their families, as if that in any way could come close to making things right after he (at best) covered up the murders.

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on September 08