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NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

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Golden State in 4

Top scorer: 126, Stephen Curry, Golden State (everyone but rcade)

Top rebounder: 31, Draymond Green, Golden State (ic23b, Howard_T, Ufez Jones, bender)

posted by rcade at 08:18 AM on May 23

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

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Anaheim in 6

Top points: 7: Filip Forsberg, Anaheim (no winners)

Goalie SV%: ..939, John Gibson, Anaheim (tahoemoj)

posted by rcade at 08:04 AM on May 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This Peyton Manning anecdote is endearing as long as you don't know how he treated University of Tennessee athletic trainer Jamie Ann Naughright.

posted by rcade at 06:23 PM on May 22

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

I'm not worried about that. If any of the three reviewers calls it a non-dive, there's no punishment.

Your scenario happens, but I see more situations where there's nothing being avoided and the player just fakes it.

posted by rcade at 11:13 AM on May 19

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving

I was wondering during the match if there had been any Premier League towns.

Happiness is so far gone here I have trouble believing it ever existed. I can enjoy neither the improbable success of Huddersfield Town nor the coach who was added to USMNT in 1996 by a manager who had never seen him play.

posted by rcade at 06:02 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Still can't believe Wednesday lost to Huddersfield Town. It's a lot to ask for them to be top 6 again for a third straight year. Their window may have just closed.

posted by rcade at 05:05 PM on May 18

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

San Antonio in 7
Leonard
Aldridge

Cleveland in 6
LeBron
Thompson

posted by rcade at 01:06 PM on May 14

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

There are two bonus categories this time: points and rebounds.

Does anyone else question the NBA playing two conference final games in the West before a single one in the East? If Golden State or San Antonio wrapped that series up in 4 or 5, Cleveland could do the same and have a lot less time to rest before the Finals.

posted by rcade at 01:57 PM on May 13

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

The scores are in the previous discussion. The top scorers in the completed series were Lebron James (everybody got that one), James Harden (Ufez) and Gordon Hayward by one point over Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant (nobody).

Standings

 Week 1Week 2Total
Ufez Jones17522
bender14721
grum@work15520
Howard_T15520
ic23b15520
rcade13013
jimmydiscount10--10

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on May 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 6 +2
Getzlaf
Rinne

Ottawa in 6
Karlsson
Anderson

posted by rcade at 07:59 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

There are two bonus opportunities this time: top point scorer and best save percentage.

posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

The scores are in the previous discussion. The top point scorers in each series: Nashville/St.Louis had Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban at 5, Anaheim/Edmonton had Leon Draisatl at 13, Ottawa/New York Rangers had Erik Karlsson at 7 and Pittsburgh/Washington had Jake Guentzel at 8. The Karlsson pick earned points for grum@work, cixelsyd and rumple.

Standings

Week 1Week 2Total
rumple10616
NoMich7512
rcade8311
tommytrump6511
ic23b5510
MrFrisby7310
tahoemoj5510
grum@work729
bender639
prof549
billsaysthis4--4
cixelsyd224

posted by rcade at 12:14 PM on May 12

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM

I saw Marino's last game as a pro -- the divisional round shellacking in Jacksonville. That season was pretty rough. It also sent Jimmy Johnson into coaching retirement.

posted by rcade at 05:48 PM on May 11

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM

I don't see how Belichick trades Brady while he's playing like Brady. It'll take a sustained period of bad quarterbacking that leads to a benching first.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on May 11

THE PATRIOTS, TOM BRADY AND THE GATHERING STORM

I don't see how Belichick trades Brady while he's playing like Brady. It'll take a sustained period of bad quarterbacking that leads to a benching first.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Aaron Hernandez may have killed Odin Lloyd to hide his relationship with a man.

posted by rcade at 08:05 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If anyone was watching Arsenal-Southampton today, I am flummoxed by the foul throw call against Alexis Sanchez. He had two feet on the ground. The crowd and announcers acted like it was blindingly obvious he committed a foul. What was it?

posted by rcade at 10:14 PM on May 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I saw a Blue Jays fan on Twitter playing the "It's Still Early" card.

Rangers fan agrees.

posted by rcade at 07:14 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Reince Priebus celebrating the passage of Trumpcare today: "The president stepped up and helped punt the ball into the end zone."

posted by rcade at 04:06 PM on May 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

ABBA seems like a good idea.

My crazy idea for soccer is to count all shots on goal during the game and break ties after overtime with that stat. I get grumpy about matches where nobody seems capable of putting the ball on goal.

posted by rcade at 07:29 PM on May 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Adam Jones says he was subjected to racist abuse during a game at Fenway. That's terrible and he has every right to be angry, but here's his proposed solution: "What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. That's how you hurt somebody."

Does Jones think the fans watching baseball are as rich as the players? A $30,000 grand fine -- even if it were possible to impose such a thing -- would be like Jones getting a $7 million fine.

I think the way to handle racist fans is to ban them for life, and if they got the tickets from somebody else ban that person as well. If large groups of fans engage in bigoted chants, like Mexican soccer fans do when a keeper kicks the ball, play a game in an empty stadium or ban all alcohol sales.

posted by rcade at 12:53 PM on May 02

Golf's Army of TV Rules Tattletales Just Lost Some Power

I'd like to see a cut-off point for when play in a round can be challenged. When players tee off to start round 4 there should be zero chance anything from round 3 could be penalized.

posted by rcade at 11:21 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Throw like a girl.

posted by rcade at 11:19 AM on May 01

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Ufez scores two more points by picking Utah's upset in 7 games, climbing into the lead at 17. No one had Chris Paul as the highest series scorer.

posted by rcade at 06:29 PM on April 30

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Boston in 6 - Isaiah Thomas

posted by rcade at 12:38 AM on April 30

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

The scores are in the previous discussion. How did I not pick Westbrook to lead his series in scoring?

Standings

Ufez Jones17
grum@work15
Howard_T15
ic23b15
bender14
rcade13
jimmydiscount10

posted by rcade at 12:08 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"God damn! Get to the damn quarterback!" -- Takkarist McKinley

posted by rcade at 01:00 PM on April 28

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air peronslities

On my other site some people on the right keep claiming that ESPN is super-politicized and liberal these days.

I find the accusation weird. I see ESPN as a place that avoids politics on the air except when it's unavoidable, like when Colin Kaepernick stopped standing for the anthem.

Does anyone else see ESPN as becoming more political in recent years?

posted by rcade at 11:00 AM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I've updated the NBA Pick 'Em with the three completed series. Bender and grum@work are tied for first at 7.

posted by rcade at 07:04 PM on April 26

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Nashville in 6 - Viktor Arvidsson +2

Anaheim in 6 - Connor McDavid +1

New York Rangers in 7 - Bobby Ryan

Washington in 7 - Alex Ovechkin

posted by rcade at 06:19 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A 101-year-old woman from India won the 100-meter sprint at the World Masters Game as the only competitor.

posted by rcade at 05:46 PM on April 26

ESPN laying off 100, including on-air peronslities

I wouldn't scoff at ESPN's troubles. It lost lost 12 million subscribers since 2011. In one month last fall they lost 621,000.

So far Jayson Stark and Ed Werder are the layoffs that gave me the most sadfeels. But as a former reporter I'm always bummed by events like this.

Young people don't watch cable. I could cancel my entire cable package today and my sons wouldn't notice. They only watch TV on the Internet and it's on-demand stuff on Youtube, Twitch, Netflix and Hulu.

I would cancel cable if I could live without live broadcasts of the NFL, Premier League, MLS, Championship (England), international soccer and to a lesser degree MLB, NBA and NHL.

posted by rcade at 02:14 PM on April 26

MLB *Play of the Year* is pretty much locked up by Chris Coghlan after this bit of insanity.

That was unbelievable. Afterwards I couldn't tell if Coghlan was making the "safe" call or acting like a plane. Both were appropriate to the situation.

posted by rcade at 08:26 AM on April 26

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

The scores are in the previous discussion. The top 3 goal scorers were Jake Guentzel at 5 and Bobby Ryan, Bryan Rust, Sean Monahan and Austin Matthews tied at 4. Only grum@work got that point by picking Matthews.

Standings

rumple10
rcade8
grum@work7
MrFrisby7
NoMich7
bender6
tommytrump6
ic23b5
prof5
tahoemoj5
billsaysthis4
cixelsyd2

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You gotta be happy after that final Matthews goal. His hands are incredibly fast.

posted by rcade at 08:40 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sheffield Wednesday's radio commentators are closer to the fans than anywhere else I've seen. No booth for them.

That's Rob O'Neill on play by play and John Pearson on color commentary. Pearson is a former Owl whose body language at the end of this weekend's 2-1 Derby win shows he's out of his mind with worry.

posted by rcade at 08:38 AM on April 24

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Today

I'm surprised Thomas was able to play. The emotion in that place must have been palpable.

posted by rcade at 02:59 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Rumple leads the NHL Pick 'Em with 7 points and several other players are at 5.

posted by rcade at 02:55 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A college student was killed by a hammer throw at a track and field event.

posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The NHL Pick 'Em is being marked up as results come in. MrFrisby leads with 4 points.

posted by rcade at 05:52 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Jaguars play only two true home games the first eight weeks of the season. A third home game in that period is in London, and it's followed up a week later by a road game vs. the Jets. They also end the season with two road games.

posted by rcade at 11:13 PM on April 20

Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided

Enter Ben Volin of the Boston Globe: "[W]e feel sadness for Hernandez, a smart kid who made several bad decisions."

posted by rcade at 08:34 AM on April 20

Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison; conviction will be voided

Now that Aaron Hernandez is dead, I wonder if any sportswriter will be tempted to give him the gauzy victim-of-his-circumstances treatment that Ray Lewis got when the Ravens reached the Super Bowl. I'll never forget Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms during the game praising Lewis for saying he would talk at some unspecified time in the future to the families of the murder victims. The media was so eager to spin a redemption tale it didn't require any actual evidence of redemption.

Hernandez was tough to cover with any sympathy while he was alive, because he might continue to do heinous things. But now the book is closed.

posted by rcade at 07:12 PM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The ball from call 5 should have been set aside for the Hall of Fame. An entire foot off the plate and called a strike!

posted by rcade at 11:50 AM on April 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ronaldo's entire body was offside on that goal. Criminy what a blown call.

posted by rcade at 04:57 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A guy holding a sign offers some inspiration for Boston Marathon runners.

posted by rcade at 01:27 PM on April 18

Brighton and Hove Albion promote to EPL

Not bad for a club that was in the fourth tier 15-20 years ago, had to sell its stadium and needed goal differential to stay in the Football League.

They were really good last year when Sheffield Wednesday kept them out with a defeat in the playoffs that included four Brighton players going down to injury in one game.

It'll be interesting to see how well manager Chris Hughton does with this team next season.

posted by rcade at 11:04 AM on April 18

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Today

The Cavaliers tried to give game one away but Indiana didn't want it.

posted by rcade at 11:42 AM on April 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Today

Cleveland in 5, LeBron James +1 +1

Toronto in 5, DeMar DeRozan +1

San Antonio in 5, Kawhi Leonard +1 +1

Los Angeles Clippers in 5, J.J. Redick

Washington in 5, John Wall +1 +1

Golden State in 5, Stephen Curry +1 +1

Boston in 5, Isaiah Thomas +1 +1

Houston in 5, James Harden +2

posted by rcade at 02:44 PM on April 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Ottawa in 6 +2

Pittsburgh in 7 (and please let this epic matchup go 7) +1

Edmonton in 6 +2

Montreal in 7

Minnesota in 5

Washington in 5 +1

Anaheim in 4 +2

Chicago in 5

Top scorer: Connor McDavid

posted by rcade at 06:53 PM on April 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

Indiana by 19 <-- dunk

Portland by 8 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 11:40 AM on April 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

There's been an adjustment to last week's scores that makes the battle for first more competitive. Goyoucolts reminded me that his Toronto pick was late, so it was removed and that lowers his score by 16. Ufez is 16 points back, not counting last night's results.

posted by rcade at 11:36 AM on April 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

Minnesota by 13

Sacramento by 9

The Phoenix/Sacramento game isn't listed on NBA TV but it was last week. Not sure what happened. I could say the same about my picks last week.

posted by rcade at 04:04 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Oh, Toronto, just when I thought I could no longer enjoy your happiness ...

posted by rcade at 11:42 PM on April 08

EFL Requires Clubs to Put Home-Grown Player on Squad

Sheffield Wednesday would have no trouble with this. Liam Palmer is usually in the squad.

posted by rcade at 10:43 PM on April 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

Boston by 9 <-- dunk

Dallas by 10 <-- dunk

Boston by 10 <-- dunk

Portland by 6 <-- dunk

San Antonio by 9 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 03:18 PM on April 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

There are only four games to pick in the final week of the contest next week, so this week may be the decider. Good luck!

posted by rcade at 02:51 PM on April 05

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns

Calling it "socialism" for rich sports owners to take millions out of public coffers is amazingly stupid. But I thought it was interesting for NR to rip the NFL. Normally the magazine has great sympathies for the struggles of the rich.

posted by rcade at 10:16 AM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

When you've taken your team out of the city to a county with no mass transit and your parking lot options are terrible, using Allen Iverson to mock fan concerns is a terrible PR move.

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on April 04

Tony Romo heading into broadcasting with CBS

Romo playing only for Dallas is a nice aspect of this decision. I was kinda looking forward to him playing for Houston, but that was tempered by my concern for his papier-mache back.

posted by rcade at 02:00 PM on April 04