Recent Comments by rcade

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

There should be a blog devoted to broken promises by college coaches. Let every recruit know whether the word of a particular coach is any good.

posted by rcade at 03:47 PM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Dallas sports radio Bob Sturm is driving himself mad with the same kind of question as it applies to Dallas/Green Bay.

posted by rcade at 02:42 PM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Bell had gains of 6, 11 and 8 yards on that opening drive. They had second and goal at the 5, not the 2 as I thought, and tried two passes.

The other drive followed a Steelers interception and was first and goal at the 5. Roethlisberger tried to force a pass in to Antonio Brown and it was tipped and intercepted.

I find it strange how many teams think pass before run close to goal. I know this is a pass-crazy league and some receivers play extremely big on short-yardage throws -- Dez Bryant and Brown come to mind -- but if you have an otherworldly runner like Bell or David Johnson and a good line, isn't a handoff usually the smart play on first and second down?

posted by rcade at 01:08 PM on January 17

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

If the point of the athletic scholarship was to get a college education, then it really shouldn't matter whether the offer is from an FCS school.

That kind of thinking goes both ways. UConn dropped him for athletic considerations. Both sides have more than an education in mind.

What sucks about this situation is that there's nothing a student athlete can do to avoid it. Anyone dropped in the final weeks is going to find greatly reduced opportunities elsewhere. Schools will not have many offers left.

A UConn coach was still talking to him about his scholarship three days before the offer was withdrawn. They really strung this kid along.

posted by rcade at 01:02 PM on January 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: No Rivals Edition

Fixed. What a massacre.

posted by rcade at 11:10 AM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

The Chiefs couldn't stop Bell, Tahoemoj. Pittsburgh was inside the 2. I don't understand why coaches pass so often in that situation, particularly on first or second down.

posted by rcade at 07:08 AM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

If Mike Tomlin hands the ball to Bell near the end zone on the first drive and the one where Roethlisberger threw a tipped pick, the game doesn't come down to the final minutes.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on January 16

Packers Hold Off Cowboys in Thriller, Advance to NFC Championship

It's a shame Dallas gave up that down by spiking it with 55 seconds left. You don't let Rodgers back on the field.

posted by rcade at 12:30 PM on January 16

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Travis Kelce is claiming that James Harrison took a dive on that two-point play where holding was called. I don't think it was even a close call. It was a takedown.

posted by rcade at 12:19 AM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Hey rcade - fwiw, you got my GB lock in but appear to have missed Pittsburgh.

Fixed.

posted by rcade at 03:07 PM on January 15

Patriots Set Record with 6th Straight AFC Championship Trip

How an NFL quarterback can have such a terrible throwing motion is beyond me.

In Jacksonville we dream of a quarterback with a throwing motion as good as that.

posted by rcade at 09:56 AM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Scores don't reflect the bonuses yet.

posted by rcade at 05:24 PM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Atlanta by 7

New England by 17 <-- lock

Kansas City by 3

Dallas by 6

Passer: Brady

Rusher: Bell

Receiver: Julio

Sack: Flowers

posted by rcade at 08:55 AM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

I'm still finishing the scorekeeping for round one.

Pick the winner and the game's spread. Locks are unlimited.

Also choose these four props for five points each:

1. Quarterback with most passing yards

2. Player with most rushing yards

3. Player with most receiving yards

4. Player with a sack or partial sack

posted by rcade at 03:11 PM on January 13

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

I would expect quite a few Chargers fans to keep their allegiance, at least for a while. A lot depends on what the local sports media does with the team being in L.A. Do they keep covering the beat and make it seem, to the TV news viewer and sports radio listener, as if they never left?

Living in Jacksonville I've shifted quite a bit of my attention from the Cowboys to the Jaguars. One thing I like about following a team is the saturation coverage. The team being talked about all the time gets in your DNA.

When I left Dallas in the 1990s I did all kinds of stuff to stay plugged in. I subscribed to a fax newsletter with daily Cowboys news, then was a regular listener of Dallas sports radio once that hit the web. My sports brain was still a resident of Dallas.

But as the years passed, I was reprogrammed by the sad sack Jaguars and all the miserable talk here about the only major sports team Jacksonville will ever get. When I drove to Dallas a few months ago, I had Apple CarPlay and Tune In Radio so I could hear sports talk from either Dallas or Jacksonville. I chose the latter.

Chargers fans could tell themselves their team is still close and might flop in L.A. and come back.

posted by rcade at 12:50 PM on January 12

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

The first Rams season back in Los Angeles had some ratings and attendance woes. I am a bit skeptical that two teams can succeed there, but the San Diego fan base is close enough for some of the diehards to make the trek on a regular basis.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on January 12

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I hate penalties. I sometimes entertain the idea that shots on goal should be tracked on the scoreboard and be a tiebreaker.

posted by rcade at 12:07 PM on January 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Unexcused Absence Edition

Boston by 12 <-- dunk
Cleveland by 9
New York by 4
Golden State by 18 <-- dunk
Atlanta by 8
Utah by 11
Chicago by 4
Golden State by 6
Los Angeles Clippers by 8

posted by rcade at 03:00 PM on January 11

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

The U.S. is pretty good at making qualification scary.

posted by rcade at 08:12 PM on January 10

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I can live with having less panic about the U.S. not making the World Cup.

But three team group divisions in which two advance? That takes a lot of drama out of that stage.

I also am concerned for my marriage. I watch a lot of the World Cup already, to the detriment of all else.

posted by rcade at 05:09 PM on January 10

NFL Pick 'Em Champion Crowned

Congratulations, Ufez! Your Roger Goodell ball awaits. Email me your address.

posted by rcade at 05:06 PM on January 10

NFL Pick 'Em Champion Crowned

I don't know who wins the Costanza yet. I need some code that notes players who never missed a week.

posted by rcade at 02:51 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Clemson turned Alabama's defense mortal in the fourth quarter. I didn't think that was possible.

Some of the magic of the score with one second left was lost by the interminable replay on the kickoff. Teams were late for the spring game by the time that was resolved.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on January 10

Jaguars Promote Doug Marrone, Make Tom Coughlin a VP

Coughlin was great in Jacksonville and comes back with two Super Bowl rings. After Jack del Rio and Gus Bradley both were new head coaches given far too much time to prove themselves, the idea of bringing in an experienced figure is compelling.

I see Coughlin as a Bill Parcells-type hire. He's been given authority over GM Dave Caldwell, so this is now Coughlin's team with Coughlin's coach. This gives us a shot at making things happen with a roster that I feel is more talented than the results we've been getting. Bradley was an execrable game day coach.

posted by rcade at 11:10 AM on January 10

Jaguars Promote Doug Marrone, Make Tom Coughlin a VP

First Mike Mularkey and now Doug Marrone. The road to coaching the Jaguars goes through Buffalo and you have to quit the Bills after two seasons without getting fired.

I wanted Coughlin and he reportedly wanted Marrone, so I guess I should be happy. But who's in charge now?

posted by rcade at 06:33 PM on January 09

Packers, Steelers, Seahawks, Texans Advance

That was the most boring NFL playoff game weekend I can remember. I hoped the Packers and Giants could generate some drama, but no luck. Next week looks a lot more interesting, aside from Houston vs. New England.

posted by rcade at 08:10 PM on January 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

A lock doubles your points in victory and only gives you a penalty in defeat.

Wins are worth 5 (no spread), 8 (spread within margin) and 10 (exact score). So if you lock that game you double those points.

There's no points for the spread in a loss. You get -10 if you locked it and 0 otherwise.

posted by rcade at 10:42 AM on January 08

The Cleveland Cavaliers trade for sharpshooter Kyle Korver

Nice pickup for Cleveland.

posted by rcade at 05:27 PM on January 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Locks are allowed.

Houston by 7 <-- lock
Seattle by 4
Pittsburgh by 9 <-- lock
Green Bay by 3

1. Matthew Stafford

2. Le'Veon Bell

3. Jordy Nelson

4. Richard Sherman

posted by rcade at 02:53 PM on January 07

Haslams apologize for 'disappointing year'

Khan's the most patient owner in the NFL. Gus Bradley had the worst record after 50 games in NFL history (not counting an owner/coach from the 1940s).

posted by rcade at 02:15 PM on January 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

The scoring rules are the same as the regular season contest.

This week's games:

Oakland at Houston
Detroit at Seattle
Miami at Pittsburgh
New York Giants at Green Bay

Pick the winner and the game's spread.

Also choose these four props for five points each:

1. Quarterback with most passing yards

2. Player with most rushing yards

3. Player with most receiving yards

4. Player with an interception

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on January 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Nick Young Dance Party Edition

Oklahoma City by 6
San Antonio by 10 <-- dunk
Utah by 10 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 07:07 PM on January 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Nick Young Dance Party Edition

I think you got the scores wrong, rcade. Dallas beat the Lakers last Thursday, and Cleveland beat the Celtics.

Oops! I was doing much better with the wrong scores, too.

posted by rcade at 08:19 PM on January 04

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Nick Young Dance Party Edition

I got the post up too late for everyone to fairly pick Wednesday night's two ESPN games, so I added a Saturday Utah/Memphis game on NBA TV and an Orlando/LA Lakers game later that night. Sorry for the delay.

posted by rcade at 07:22 PM on January 04

San Francisco 49ers Fire Chip Kelly After 1 Season

"I own this football team. You don't dismiss owners. I'm sorry that that's the fact and that's the case, but that's the fact." -- Jed York

Is this true? Wikipedia states that his parents are the owners and he's managing it for them, so he could be replaced.

posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on January 02

San Francisco 49ers Fire Chip Kelly After 1 Season

When I was a kid in the 1970s, the Niners seemed like one of the league's worst teams. I viewed them as an automatic win on the Cowboys schedule like the St. Louis Cardinals. Since this was my first experience as a fan, I had it cemented in my head that the natural order of things was for San Francisco to stink.

Then came 1981.

posted by rcade at 10:58 AM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I don't understand the phrase "former first-round pick." How does a player stop being one?

posted by rcade at 01:15 PM on January 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

Baltimore by 7 <-- lock
Buffalo by 9 <-- lock
Tampa Bay by 3 <-- lock
Minnesota by 10 <-- lock
Pittsburgh by 7 <-- lock
Philadelphia by 10 <-- lock
Green Bay by 7 <-- lock
Tennessee by 3 <-- lock
Indianapolis by 6 <-- lock
Miami by 7 <-- lock
Atlanta by 13 <-- lock
Washington by 7 <-- lock
Arizona by 7 <-- lock
Kansas City by 10 <-- lock
Oakland by 3 <-- lock
Seattle by 10 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 12:37 PM on January 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

The grievous wrong on Tahoemoj has been corrected. I can only blame my own failings. Tahoemoj remains in the exact same place, but 10 points further away from Holden and a potential threat to NoMich. So much drama!

posted by rcade at 05:24 PM on December 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: George Karl's Distracting Posse Edition

Cleveland by 13
Los Angeles Lakers by 16 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 06:41 PM on December 29

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: One-Legged Quarterback Edition

A correction has been made to a game result last week: New Orleans 48, Arizona 41. The change gave Ufez a 13-point lead over Tron7 that's gotten completely out of hand this week.

Tommytrump also has picks that need to be added.

posted by rcade at 03:20 PM on December 29

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

Carolina by 3 <-- lock
Buffalo by 7 <-- lock
Green Bay by 10 <-- lock
New England by 10 <-- lock
San Diego by 7 <-- lock
New Orleans by 3 <-- lock
Jacksonville by 7 <-- lock
Washington by 7 <-- lock
Oakland by 7 <-- lock
Seattle by 10 <-- lock
Los Angeles by 10 <-- lock
Houston by 3 <-- lock
Pittsburgh by 10 <-- lock
Kansas City by 7 <-- lock
Dallas by 7 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on December 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Farewell Gus Bradley Edition

New York Giants by 7 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 07:57 PM on December 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: Craig Sager Memorial Edition

Indiana by 10
San Antonio by 6
New York by 13 <-- dunk
Cleveland by 5
San Antonio by 11 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 6
Los Angeles Clippers by 8

posted by rcade at 07:56 PM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"It...must...be...so...hard...to...be...that...other...announcer".

LOL.

posted by rcade at 02:48 PM on December 22

Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Gus Bradley

I don't think the Jaguars are four years away from a winning record. The defense is good. The receiving corps is talented. There's some talent on the roster, unlike several years ago.

People who didn't watch the Jags much might not realize how many bad decisions Bradley made during games. He's a genuinely bad game-time coach. I think Coughlin would've gotten 3-4 more wins this year out of this team.

posted by rcade at 09:32 PM on December 19

Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Gus Bradley

Shad Khan saying Bradley's firing is timed so that he can relax and enjoy Christmas has me feeling like a Grinch.

If that was legitimately one of Khan's concerns, he has misplaced priorities. Make moves at the time that's best for the franchise, not for the guy who is no longer your concern the second you fire him. Stop putting such a high priority on being nice and your hires being nice.

posted by rcade at 02:44 PM on December 19

Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Gus Bradley

Bortles looks like a lost cause to me. The mechanics are atrocious and his spirit is broken.

I went to a game this season where Oakland and former Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio clobbered the Jags.

I've never heard louder boos against a home team coach than when Gus Bradley was introduced.

A coach with experience and a track record of success could win here with this team, if a quarterback can be found. I'd like Tom Coughlin to return.

posted by rcade at 11:14 AM on December 19

There's a scandal named Wakeyleaks. True story.

I want to read the tell-all by Tommy Elrod on why he did this. It looks like one of the greatest vendettas in sports history. I guess he took it hard when the new coach didn't keep him on staff in 2014.

That seems weird, though, since he got a broadcasting gig at the school. Most coaches love the easier life of a broadcaster.

posted by rcade at 05:19 PM on December 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Last-Place Dallas Mavericks Edition

Milwaukee by 6
Golden State by 18 <-- dunk
Los Angeles Lakers by 8
Utah by 17 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 05:04 PM on December 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

Seattle by 17 <-- lock
Miami by 7
Buffalo by 13 <-- lock
New York Giants by 3
Green Bay by 10
Minnesota by 6
Houston by 9 <-- lock
Baltimore by 10
Dallas by 4
Kansas City by 7
Arizona by 3
Atlanta by 10 <-- lock
New England by 4
Oakland by 7
Pittsburgh by 3
Washington by 3

posted by rcade at 05:02 PM on December 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Farewell Jeff Fisher Edition

The boldness of TommyTrump's all-lock week was not rewarded.

posted by rcade at 02:47 PM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

An Italian rugby player intentionally flattened a female ref during play and only got a three-year ban.

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on December 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Last-Place Dallas Mavericks Edition

Chicago by 13 <-- dunk
Portland by 8

posted by rcade at 06:00 PM on December 13

Los Angeles Rams Fire Jeff Fisher

A Facebook news algorithm says Jon Gruden is a front-runner for this job. Yes! Chucky sideline scowl could be back!

posted by rcade at 12:55 PM on December 13

Los Angeles Rams Fire Jeff Fisher

As a Jaguars fan I'm always up for a Jeff Fisher firing. That guy was a cocky son of a something something back in 1999 when he declared our stadium was his team's home field.

posted by rcade at 06:17 PM on December 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Last-Place Dallas Mavericks Edition

I've added last week's score for Bender, who deserves special recognition for honesty. That week was a crushing -20.

posted by rcade at 12:34 PM on December 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Just Endure The Suffering Edition

Arizona by 3
Detroit by 13 <-- lock
Cincinnati by 7 <-- lock
Denver by 6
Indianapolis by 3
Minnesota by 7
Tampa Bay by 6
Buffalo by 7
San Diego by 7
Washington by 3
New York Jets by 3
Atlanta by 13 <-- lock
Seattle by 7
Dallas by 4
New England by 10 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 11:44 AM on December 11

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Just Endure The Suffering Edition

Kansas City by 3

posted by rcade at 07:18 PM on December 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: 60 Points in 29 Minutes Edition

Cleveland by 13 <-- slam
Golden State by 6
Minnesota by 9
Chicago by 4
Oklahoma City by 10
Los Angeles Lakers by 12

posted by rcade at 07:25 PM on December 07