Recent Comments by rcade

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

I got into the Premier League in 2006 so I managed to miss Wenger's run of greatness. I still am sad to see him go. There aren't any managers left who are synonymous with a club.

posted by rcade at 05:47 PM on April 20

College Football Modifies Kickoffs for Player Safety

I don't think it would take long to get used to the game without kickoffs.

posted by rcade at 07:51 AM on April 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday

Houston in 4 (James Harden)

Oklahoma City in 7 (Russell Westbrook)

Portland in 6 (Damian Lillard)

Golden State in 5 (Kevin Durant)

Toronto in 5 (DeMar DeRozen)

Cleveland in 5 (LeBron James)

Philadelphia in 6 (Goran Dragic)

Boston in 4 (Giannis Antetokounmpo)

posted by rcade at 09:48 PM on April 14

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday

I was late getting the word out, so entries will be accepted through the end of Sunday's games.

Anyone who has already submitted picks can make changes 'til that deadline as well.

posted by rcade at 09:06 PM on April 14

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Tampa Bay in 6

Boston in 7

Columbus in 6

Pittsburgh in 5

Nashville in 4

Winnipeg in 5

Vegas in 5

San Jose in 7

Goals: Patrik Laine (Winnipeg)

posted by rcade at 09:49 PM on April 11

Rusty Staub Dead at 73

This takes me back to my golden age of baseball -- the 1970s.

I heard a story once about a Yankees great who gave a speech where Rusty Staub was the butt of a joke about his personal life that made the crowd roar. I looked for any mention of this online and came up empty.

posted by rcade at 03:28 PM on March 30

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

The first. Though the second sounds like a terrific date night movie.

posted by rcade at 03:21 PM on March 30

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

That's fantastic. I'm previewing the Disney movie in my head.

posted by rcade at 09:45 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

An MLB opening day with a full slate of games that begin at 12:30? Yes!

posted by rcade at 12:06 PM on March 29

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Take the Shot Markelle Edition

Cleveland by 6
L.A. Clippers by 10 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 3
Golden State by 8
Cleveland by 4
Portland by 8
Houston by 10 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 09:25 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive addresses the crowd after the Stephon Clark shooting.

posted by rcade at 05:27 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

If this is picnic clothes, you dress fancy for picnics.

It's nice to see some discussion about the New Jersey Generals owner on SportsFilter.

posted by rcade at 11:05 AM on March 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: 140 to 79 Edition

Washington by 4
Portland by 8
Houston by 14 <-- dunk
Washington by 13 <-- dunk
Utah by 6

posted by rcade at 08:24 PM on March 23

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league

But how well did those CFL franchises here in the US work out? Not very well as they are no longer functioning.

I don't think player quality was the main reason that failed. There's an incredibly detailed article on Wikipedia about the CFL's U.S. experiment. It claims the league was "gate-driven" back then. With TV revenue as king, I could see the CFL crossing the border again.

posted by rcade at 11:38 AM on March 23

Former Bills GM Bill Polian is the co-founder of a new football league

Well, first of all, if they barely missed making a team, even as a bench warmer, then they would've been signed to a practice squad.

Maybe, but there are still a lot of college football players who barely miss out on practice squads.

I would watch this league if it played outside of the NFL season window. I like these rules changes as summarized by ESPN: "There also will be no kickoffs (the ball will be placed automatically at the 25-yard line) and no onside kicks. The losing team will just start on its own 35-yard line with fourth-and-10. Play clocks will be 30 seconds and every touchdown will be followed by a two-point conversion attempt."

Do we really miss football that much to watch that level of talent?

I enjoy the CFL before the NFL season starts. How many of its players couldn't make an NFL team?

posted by rcade at 12:19 PM on March 21

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Home Stretch Edition

Oklahoma City by 9
Miami by 12 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 10:16 PM on March 16

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Home Stretch Edition

Something is wonky in the formatting, but you can still post your picks while I figure it out.

Apologies for the week off. If it's any consolation, NoMich probably would have crushed us.

posted by rcade at 01:24 PM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks. I'm actually at BuildOn in Jacksonville instead of the mothership. It's a cool platform to build stuff on (so far), but at the moment I am not getting along with my bot.

posted by rcade at 06:08 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm sorry about the NBA Pick 'Em delay. I took a full-time job in January as a ServiceNow programmer and the last 10 days have been crazy as we launch a chat bot. A post will be up tomorrow.

posted by rcade at 10:41 PM on March 14

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Send In The Tanks Edition

Golden State by 5
Houston by 8
Washington by 7
Utah by 12 <-- dunk
Milwaukee by 3

posted by rcade at 08:30 PM on February 28

U.S. May Lose Out on Bid to Co-Host World Cup

Canada: "What the fuck did we do wrong?!"

"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in." -- Donaldus Trumpus the I

posted by rcade at 05:47 PM on February 28

Jerry Jones is Not as Powerful as He Thought

Was that a reaction to the spammer or the link?

posted by rcade at 09:45 AM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Coach grabs microphone, tells crowd to "quit cussin'."

posted by rcade at 08:10 AM on February 27

Jerry Jones is Not as Powerful as He Thought

I thought Jones was powerful after the L.A. relocations. Looks like he did too.

If Goodell drops millions in fines on him, Jones will look like a whipped dog.

I don't see that as a viable status quo because of the ego damage to Jones, but what can he do?

posted by rcade at 05:32 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Gregg Popovich's response to Laura Ingraham telling LeBron James to shut up and dribble is fantastic. He makes a sly joke when he asserts that even a "lowly reporter" can have an opinion.

It's kind of weird how the NBA produces coaches who speak out like this. How many other sports have a coach who will even tiptoe into voicing a liberal opinion?

posted by rcade at 09:18 PM on February 25

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

There is no joy in Canada.

posted by rcade at 01:13 PM on February 23

MLB Execs Consider Wild 9th-Inning Batting Rule

The rule is absolute sacrilege, of course, but it would be a more exciting sport if both teams could pick a new batting order in the ninth.

Letting only the trailing team do it is strange. They take the lead, win and the other team never gets equal treatment?

posted by rcade at 11:23 AM on February 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

Cleveland by 9 <-- dunk
Golden State by 13 <-- dunk
Houston by 12 <-- dunk
L.A. Lakers by 6
Golden State by 8
Cleveland by 9
Washington by 8

posted by rcade at 08:29 PM on February 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

Cleveland by 6
San Antonio by 8
Boston by 5
Golden State by 10 <-- slam
Minnesota by 8

posted by rcade at 08:33 AM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tron7: Could you send me an email to my last name at I need to send your fabulous array of prizes.

posted by rcade at 02:58 PM on February 12

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I don't follow the inner dynamics at Cleveland. I figured that people are OK playing with him as long as they can handle not being treated like the top dog and don't mind an unofficial player-coach who is also an unofficial player-GM.

posted by rcade at 02:52 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

ESPN is saying that the move is great for L.A. because it means they can make a play for LeBron and Paul George in the off-season.

posted by rcade at 01:49 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

I am glad I ignored LeBron's advice and watched the Cavs on TV last night. What a game winner.

posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

Minnesota by 6
San Antonio by 11 <-- dunk
Boston by 4
Oklahoma City by 10 <-- dunk
Detroit by 4
Minnesota by 9 <-- dunk
Golden State by 14 <-- dunk
Boston by 4

posted by rcade at 07:57 PM on February 07

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

My email address is my last name at

Those pants would look good with a fanny pack.

posted by rcade at 04:11 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I want Pittsburgh to have an NBA team.

Me too.

posted by rcade at 10:53 AM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If Dallas/Fort Worth counts, the four bigs plus TCU in football and basketball is possible.

UNT should have been invited to the SWC when Hayden Fry was the coach in the 1970s. In the alternate universe where that happens, it is possible.

posted by rcade at 10:20 PM on February 05

SportsFilter 2016-17 NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tron7

Congrats, tron7!

The reason there are two prizes being awarded is because both tron7 and rumple picked themselves to win, getting either 5 or 0 more points as a result and thus either winning or losing.

I am sorry this was not posted last year. I had a good reason for being late -- I sadly lost my dad over Super Bowl weekend -- but never getting back to the contest was absurd.

The prize was supposed to be an NFL End Zone Rush T-shirt, but those are no longer being sold. A gift card is being substituted.

posted by rcade at 09:08 PM on February 05

SportsFilter 2016-17 NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tron7

Final Standings

PlayerTotalPicksPropsThis Week PicksThis Week Props
Ufez Jones876720-105

New England by 6 (4 < 6 < 8)


FIRST FG: Stephen Gostkowski (NE)

FIRST TD: Devonta Freeman (Atl)

PASSING: Tom Brady (NE), 466 yards

RUSHING: Devonta Freeman (Atl), 75 yards

RECEIVING: James White (NE), 110 yards

SACKS: Trey Flowers (NE), Alan Branch (NE), Jabaal Sheard (NE), Rob Ninkovich (NE), Kyle Van Noy (NE), Grady Jarrett (Atl), Brooks Reed (Atl), Deji Olatoye (Atl), Dwight Freeney (Atl), Courtney Upshaw (Atl),

INTERCEPTIONS: Robert Alford (Atl)

OOPS: LaGarrett Blount (NE)

MVP: Tom Brady


TIEBREAKER: 62 points

You can check your score in the previous post.

posted by rcade at 09:04 PM on February 05

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

I sent you an email, tahoemoj. I believe we need to receive updates periodically on the life-changing experience that wearing these pants doubtlessly brings.

posted by rcade at 04:08 PM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

No knock on the guy, but if he plays until he's 45, it's going to look terrible.

The Patriots are a great team, but they need a better run game to continue the dynasty. It can't all be on Brady's arm.

posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

Malcolm Butler's last-second benching is a bizarre move that will hang around Bill Belicheck's neck forever when this Super Bowl loss is discussed. He played 97.8% of the team's snaps this season and wasn't good enough to even put on the field tonight?

posted by rcade at 12:52 AM on February 05

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

Congratulations, tahoemoj!

The contest winner prop effectively takes 5 points off the first place player's lead before the game starts for everyone else close to the lead who picks themselves to win. That wasn't enough. You were like every single running back, wide receiver and quarterback in tonight's game and could not be stopped.

posted by rcade at 12:20 AM on February 05

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

Final Standings

PlayerGamesPropsWeek 4Week 3Week 2Week 1Total
Ufez Jones---510823

Philadelphia by 8 (6 < 8 < 10)

FIRST FG: Jake Elliott (Phi) -- NoMich, ic23b, cixelsyd, tommytrump, tahoemoj, Goyoucolts, truthhurts, jagsnumberone, rcade, bender

FIRST TD: Alshon Jeffery (Phi) -- bender

PASSING: Tom Brady (NE), 505 yards -- NoMich, ic23b, tron7, tommytrump, tahoemoj, Goyoucolts, rumple, Howard_T, gridironarizona, jagsnumberone, werty, bender

RUSHING: LeGarrette Blount (Phi), 90 yards -- grum@work, tommytrump, truthhurts, jagsnumberone, werty

RECEIVING: Danny Amendola (NE), 152 yards -- grum@work, tahoemoj, rumple, jagsnumberone, werty, bender

SACK: Brandon Graham (Phi) -- truthhurts, gridironarizona, rcade

INTERCEPTION: Duron Harmon (NE) -- NoMich, ic23b, rumple, Howard_T, truthhurts

OOPS: Nick Foles (Phi), interception -- NoMich, ic23b, rumple, Howard_T, truthhurts, gridironarizona, werty

MVP: Nick Foles (Phi) -- cixelsyd, tommytrump, Goyoucolts, truthhurts, rcade

CONTEST WINNER: tahoemoj -- NoMich, ic23b, tahoemoj, Howard_T, bender

You can check your score in the previous post.

posted by rcade at 12:17 AM on February 05

Super Bowl 0x34

Somebody also needs to tell Collinsworth it isn't 2010. James Harrison isn't an impact player any more. He has 8 tackles this season.

posted by rcade at 10:47 PM on February 04

Super Bowl 0x34

That 4th down play call by the Eagles for the Foles TD is the greatest play call in the history of the Super Bowl.

It's top 5 for sure. Most shocking successful call since Sean Payton opened the half with an onside kick.

posted by rcade at 09:17 PM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

Dog gone rcade. If you had played only week 2, you would still be in second place, but by only a single point. I wonder if that's the best week ever for a pick 'em contest.

It has to be up there. I was basking in my own brilliance for days. Then last Sunday happened.

posted by rcade at 11:35 AM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

ummm without thinking too much about the numbers of it all, but couldn't the pick the winner of the contest prop cause a problem with getting a clear victor?

Because of that prop there's a chance the contest ends with multiple players having both won and not won. That would be a Schrodinger's tie in which the tiebreaker determines the winner but all tied players get pants.

Speaking of which, I forgot to include a tiebreaker.

The tiebreakers (in order): score this week, score this week without props, prop 9, prop 3, prop 4, prop 5, prop 1, prop 2, prop 6, prop 7, prop 8, random die roll on my Amazon Echo.

posted by rcade at 11:33 AM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

Philadelphia by 6 <-- lock +16

FIRST FG: Jake Elliott +5

FIRST TD: Rob Gronkowski

PASSING: Nick Foles

RUSHING: Dion Lewis

RECEIVING: Alshon Jeffery

SACK: Brandon Graham +5


OOPS: Tom Brady

MVP: Nick Foles +5


posted by rcade at 11:18 AM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

Standings (With Props)

PlayerGamesPropsWeek 3Week 2Week 1Total
Ufez Jones05510823

1. Most passing yards: Nick Foles, Philadelphia: 352 (nobody)

2. Most rushing yards: Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville: 76 (cixelsyd, werty, Ic23b, bender, tommytrump, grum@work, tahoemoj, truthhurts, gridironarizona, rcade, Ufez Jones, NoMich)

3. Most receiving yards: Brandin Cooks, New England: 100 (nobody)

4. A player who will get a turnover: Myles Jack, Jacksonville, fumble; Chris Long, Philadelphia, fumble; Patrick Robinson, Philadelphia, interception; Corey Graham, Philadelphia, interception (all nobody)

5. Most points: Phiadelphia, 38 (Howard_T)

This Week's Game

Pick the winner and spread.

This Week's Props

FIRST FG: Pick the kicker who scores the first field goal.

FIRST TD: Pick the player who scores the first touchdown.

PASSING: Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards.

RUSHING: Pick the player with the most rushing yards.

RECEIVING: Pick the player with the most receiving yards.

SACK: Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack.

INTERCEPTION: Pick a player who will get an interception.

OOPS: Pick the player who commits the first turnover.

MVP: Pick the game's MVP.

CONTEST WINNER: Pick the SportsFilter user who will win this contest.

posted by rcade at 09:25 AM on February 02

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Devin Booker Might Be Good Edition

Boston by 14 <-- dunk
Dallas by 3
San Antonio by 4
Oklahoma City by 6
Philadelphia by 8
Golden State by 18 <-- dunk
Houston by 6
Oklahoma City by 13 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 07:23 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

When I make my first billion I'm going to get an American team in the English football pyramid. It will play in Boston as Colonies FC.

posted by rcade at 10:18 PM on January 30

Boston Sports Host Insults Brady's 5-Year-Old Kid

I posted this because it's such a colossal mistake. Southwest Airlines could do a "Wanna get away?" commercial about this guy.

posted by rcade at 07:09 PM on January 30

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

I visited Cleveland in the early days of the Jake. A friend had his wedding reception there, in a multi-level hall on the third base side. It is a fantastic shrine to the game.

I don't think 14 years is long enough for Jacobs Field to be a name that fans use "always." It has been Progressive Field for a decade and another 6 years remain on the deal.

There's also the issue of when the team will go back to the public financing trough and build a new one. The Rangers' many-named stadium opened the same year as the Jake and will be replaced in 2020.

posted by rcade at 01:45 PM on January 30

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

I see they are going to keep selling Chief Wahoo merchandise to maintain their trademark ...

That wouldn't take much commerce. Selling items in one shop would be sufficient. If they keep Wahoo all over the place at their ballpark it undoes some of the goodwill this change brings.

posted by rcade at 12:52 PM on January 30

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

Reading the comments of average sports fans on this reminds me of why SportsFilter was created way back when. So many dumb takes.

Sports stadiums sell their names to the highest bidder. If a ballpark's name isn't sacred, a vile racist caricature shouldn't be either.

I don't expect the Indians to ever change their name, but Cleveland Spiders is a fantastic name from their history. That could be a terrific mascot.

posted by rcade at 12:50 PM on January 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: 40/20/10 Edition

Cleveland by 6
Boston by 9
Houston by 10 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 06:51 PM on January 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I loved the black Jaguars helmet, but the two-tones have grown on me. Nobody else does it and the helmet changes the look of the whole uniform based on which way the players are facing.

However, when I buy the team the uniform goes back to this, but with the new Jaguars logo, and never changes again. That was a great classic look.

posted by rcade at 04:06 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Jaguars took a knee at 55 seconds left in the first half. That is the earliest all season for any team.

posted by rcade at 03:42 PM on January 22