Ottawa by damn it I'm too late. Ignore this pick.
posted by rcade at 08:01 PM on August 25
Ottawa by 13
Calgary by 3
Edmonton by 6
Hamilton by 16
posted by rcade at 05:54 PM on August 19
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
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
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
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
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
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 has given an emotional presser.
posted by rcade at 06:22 PM on August 10
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
One of my goals this season is to sell players at a profit to increase the total budget of my team. I want a second beast striker, which doesn't seem possible unless you get a team up to £104 or thereabouts.
posted by rcade at 11:58 AM on August 08
The two sides of Joey Votto.
posted by rcade at 08:22 PM on August 03
Hamilton by 13
B.C. by 6
Calgary by 20
Ottawa by 4
posted by rcade at 04:22 PM on August 03
I'm watching Canadian football now, damn you. That Ottawa loss was heartbreaking. Heartbreaking!
posted by rcade at 08:50 PM on August 02
This Elvis Andrus prank of Michael Young is a coulrophobia classic.
posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on August 01
Why, Victor, why?
posted by rcade at 09:38 PM on July 29
Nice read. I remember expecting Stoudamire to be a giant after he and Steve Nash beat my Dallas Mavericks in the Western semis that 2005 season. 28.8 points a game and 12.5 rebounds.
posted by rcade at 07:48 PM on July 28
Brett Favre has picked his wife Deanna to introduce his induction speech at the Hall of Fame this year. It's only the second time a spouse has done that, following Mike Singletary's wife Kim in 1998.
posted by rcade at 07:10 PM on July 28
Edmonton by 7
Montreal by 3
Calgary by 12
Ottawa by 6
posted by rcade at 06:38 PM on July 28
Calgary by 4
Toronto by 10
posted by rcade at 04:28 PM on July 21
Demba Ba suffered a Theismann-like leg break in China's Super League.
posted by rcade at 08:13 PM on July 18
Howard and I got the 13-point spread in the B.C. game because of a single!
Condolences to Ic23b and Tahoemoj.
posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on July 17
Hamilton by 3
B.C. by 13
posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on July 15
Weird. I must have put somebody else's 25 in your column. I blame fell supernatural influence.
posted by rcade at 11:55 AM on July 13
Is there a logic to when CFL games are on an ESPN channel and when they're only on ESPN3? I want my RedBlackTV.
posted by rcade at 05:03 PM on July 12
Congratulations to Bender, the only player who predicted a Portugal victory. That pick had to be looking grim when Ronaldo went out early.
Points were hard to come by in the final. Pepe robbed many of yellow card glory.
Did people like the smaller point increases in the Euro, the larger ones in the Copa, or no point increases at all for picking winners from round to round?
posted by rcade at 04:31 PM on July 12
Portugal 1, France 0
Scorers picked: No one picked Eder
Yellow/red cards picked: Carvalho (holden, owlhouse, rcade), Pogba (yerfatma, rumple)
Shots on goal: Bender nailed this at 10, for 0 points because it was the tiebreaker
posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on July 12
Some players have picked 4 yellow card players instead of 3. I will ignore the fourth pick, so if you want to change your list please do so forthwith post haste.
posted by rcade at 07:46 PM on July 09
France 2, Portugal 1
Cards: Kante, Evra, Carvalho
Shots on goal: 12
posted by rcade at 07:45 PM on July 09
That graphic looks like 32 total shots and 13 on goal/target. So we're agreed that the metric is on target shots?
Clarification: If a player draws two yellow cards in the match, will they get 35 points (5+5+25), or just 30 points (5+25).
posted by rcade at 10:49 AM on July 09
First CFL tie in 7 years. I believe that should trigger Oprah rules: You get a point, you get a point, you get a point!
posted by rcade at 08:54 AM on July 09
Shots on goal is shown in parenthesis here in the Germany/France report. In that match there were 13 total from the two teams.
posted by rcade at 09:19 PM on July 08
The extra day of rest and home-field advantage should balance out.
I'm on a roll lately. A pity I have to make more picks. The contest should stop now and declare a victor.
posted by rcade at 03:14 PM on July 08
Rcade wins the week, climbing from fifth to first place. Rumple puts the Costanza in the rear-view mirror. Yerfatma and Ricardo vye for it after a round of utter devastation.
Portugal 2, Wales 0
France 2, Germany 0
Players who nailed games: France/Germany (bender)
Scorers picked: 2: Griezmann (owlhouse, billsaysthis, rcade, tron7), 1: Ronaldo (grum@work, rcade), Nani (rumple)
1. Pick the winner of the final: 120 points
2. Pick the score: 20 points for winner's total, 20 points for loser's total, 20 points for both being right
3. Pick one player in the game: 10 points per goalal
4. Pick three players who will get a yellow or red card: 5 points per yellow, 25 per red
5. Tiebreaker: Pick the total number of shots on goal in the game. Closest tiebreaker wins. If two players choose the same total, the one who picked it first wins.
Portugal vs. France, 3 p.m. EDT Sunday
posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on July 08
After the French player headed the ball, the direction the ball bounced afterwards said it struck SOMETHING (as it went up softly instead of horizontally quickly). The only thing that it could have struck was the hand.
I question the physics of this observation. There are plenty of times in soccer a ball hits a body part and produces a fizzle instead of a screamer. It depends on the momentum and angle of the part it hits.
Here's a suggestion I like to reduce the arguments over the interpretation of the handball rule. Define it as "handles the ball deliberately or in a way that is deemed unnatural."
posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on July 08
I was amazed the call was made at that point in the game. I had trouble on replay seeing it strike the hand.
The Premier League will have at least two Friday games in 2016-17.
posted by rcade at 06:47 PM on July 07
Hamilton by 9
Toronto by 6
Edmonton by 17
Go RedBlacks! Overcome my disloyalty!
posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on July 07
There is no possible way that those two weren't "impaired" in some way.
I wouldn't call it impossible after 4 a.m., but it's definitely unlikely.
I've driven that intersection many times (Southside and Beach) without ever cutting the turn too early and making a water landing.
People here drive in ponds a lot. Every 5-10 years somebody is found in their car a long time dead at the bottom of one.
posted by rcade at 05:19 PM on July 07
Portugal 2, Wales 1. Ronaldo scores on a penalty after a James Collins takedown in the box.
France 2, Germany 1. Griezmann scores late for the win, set up by Payet.
I'm rooting for Wales, though.
posted by rcade at 11:38 AM on July 06
Portugal 1, Poland 1 (5-3 PKs)
Wales 3, Belgium 1
Germany 1, Italy 1 (6-5 PKs)
France 5, Iceland 2
Players who nailed games: no one, but bender got 25 points for picking Germany 1, Italy 1 with the wrong team winning on PKs.
Scorers picked: 2: Giroud (holden, yerfatma), 1: Lewandowski (holden, yerfatma, tron7, billsaysthis), Payet (grum@work, bender), Griezmann (owlhouse, rumple, tron7, billsaysthis. rcade, Ricardo)
Pick the winner of each game: 80 points
Pick the score: 13 points for winner's total, 13 points for loser's total, 14 points for both being right
Pick one player per game: 8 points per goal
Portugal vs. Wales, 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday
Germany vs. France, 3 p.m. EDT Thursday
posted by rcade at 09:03 AM on July 06
Great 1960s photo of Bobby Moore and his wife Tina, who are getting their own miniseries on ITV starring Michelle Keegan and Lorne MacFadyen.
posted by rcade at 04:57 PM on July 05
Bouchard likes that Nike nightie, but you can tell other players are hating it. Ana Konjuh played Aga Radwanska in it today, put on a jacket and took it off several times and was adjusting herself between points more than a baseball player.
I'm amazed any player who dislikes it wears it anyway. Don't they have the choice to wear something else, or are they stuck with onerous contracts?
posted by rcade at 12:27 AM on July 01
Nice catch, Duron Carter!
Nice ejection, Duron Carter!
posted by rcade at 11:43 PM on June 30
Ottawa by 4
Toronto by 13
Hamilton by 10
Calgary by 6
posted by rcade at 07:03 PM on June 30
The Gomez scores have been added.
rcade, you may want to rethink your German goal scorer.
I was feeling bullish about Griezmann scoring for Germany, but whatever. Maybe France is more his thing.
posted by rcade at 02:04 PM on June 30
A plan is afoot to have the Copa winner play the Euro winner.
posted by rcade at 11:53 AM on June 30
Grum and Owlhouse's scores included their Rooney and Pelle goals -- I just overlooked giving them credit in the post.
Portugal 1, Poland 0 (Ronaldo)
Belgium 2, Wales 1 (Bale)
Germany 1, Italy 0 (Gomez)
France 3, Iceland 0 (Griezmann)
Yerfatma: You can pick a scorer even if predicting a 0-0 game.
posted by rcade at 11:51 AM on June 30
Owlhouse wins the week. I take the lead on the Costanza.
posted by rcade at 08:09 PM on June 29
I had the score right for Tron7 and Goyoucolts. I just forgot to note they also picked Rojo in the results. So the standings remain the same.
posted by rcade at 08:08 PM on June 29
Poland 1, Switzerland 1 (5-4 PKs)
Wales 1, Northern Ireland 0
Portugal 1, Croatia 0
France 2, Ireland 1
Germany 3, Slovakia 0
Belgium 4, Hungary 0
Italy 2, Spain 0
Iceland 2, England 1
Players who nailed games: tron7 (France/Ireland), grum@work (Germany/Slovakia), owlhouse (Wales/Northern Ireland), billsaysthis (Germany/Slovakia), rumple (Germany/Slovakia), bender (France/Republic of Ireland, Germany/Slovakia)
Scorers picked: Eden Hazard (yerfatma, billsaysthis, rcade, bender), Graziano Pelle (yerfatma, rumple, owlhouse), Wayne Rooney (owlhouse, rumple, grum@work), Jakub Blaszczykowski (rcade), Mario Gomez (billsaysthis, rumple, rcade)
Pick the winner of each game: 50 points
Pick the score: 8 points for winner's total, 8 points for loser's total, 9 points for both being right
Pick one player per game: 4 points per goal
posted by rcade at 07:50 PM on June 29
Ottawa was my muse all last season. I kept hitting those games and missing most of the others.
posted by rcade at 02:08 PM on June 28
I will be posting a Euro 2016 update tomorrow morning ahead of Thursday's first quarterfinal.
Points for winning picks were 30 in the round of 16. My original plan was to make them 60 in the quarterfinal, 120 in the semifinal and 240 in the final (60 in the third-place game). This would put 480 points available for picking winning teams in each round until the last, when 300 is available.
Is this OK, or would players prefer a lower multiple of 1.5 or 1.75? I wanted to design the game in a way that people weren't out of it in the last two rounds because so many fewer points were available.
posted by rcade at 02:05 PM on June 28
I'll remember Ryan for his bounty shenanigans and punching another coach on the sideline. His defensive coaching prowess was undone in later years by his lack of self-control. I think his Eagles were a pretty good team that suffered from that trait.
It's interesting to look back at the bounty controversy and consider what Roger Goodell would have done with it. Paul Tagliabue chose not to make it a big deal.
posted by rcade at 12:41 PM on June 28
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