Recent Comments by rcade

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Ottawa by damn it I'm too late. Ignore this pick.

posted by rcade at 08:01 PM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Ottawa by 13

Calgary by 3

Edmonton by 6

Hamilton by 16

posted by rcade at 05:54 PM on August 19

LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team

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

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

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

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

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

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

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

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

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 Fielder's Baseball Career is Probably Over

Prince has given an emotional presser.

posted by rcade at 06:22 PM on August 10

Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies

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

Prince Fielder's Baseball Career is Probably Over

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

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

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

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

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

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

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

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

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

Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball

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

Jim Furyk Scores First 58 in PGA History

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

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The two sides of Joey Votto.

posted by rcade at 08:22 PM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Hamilton by 13

B.C. by 6

Calgary by 20

Ottawa by 4

posted by rcade at 04:22 PM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

I'm watching Canadian football now, damn you. That Ottawa loss was heartbreaking. Heartbreaking!

posted by rcade at 08:50 PM on August 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This Elvis Andrus prank of Michael Young is a coulrophobia classic.

posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Why, Victor, why?

posted by rcade at 09:38 PM on July 29

Remembering Amare as He Might Have Been

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Edmonton by 7

Montreal by 3

Calgary by 12

Ottawa by 6

posted by rcade at 06:38 PM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 4

Ottawa by 13

Edmonton by 6

Toronto by 10

posted by rcade at 04:28 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Demba Ba suffered a Theismann-like leg break in China's Super League.

posted by rcade at 08:13 PM on July 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 3

B.C. by 13

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on July 15

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Standings

GroupR16QtrSemiFinalScore
bender23325779120120809
rcade24214117021025788
owlhouse2562591121225754
grum@work2551771121990743
tron72451801821220729
rumple242201621685678
billsaysthis2541841742925666
holden2611601288025654
yerfatma28516970025549
Ricardo2401651120517
flannelenigma273273
prof237237

Results

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2, Portugal 1

Scorer: Griezmann

Cards: Kante, Evra, Carvalho

Shots on goal: 12

posted by rcade at 07:45 PM on July 09

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

That graphic looks like 32 total shots and 13 on goal/target. So we're agreed that the metric is on target shots?

Correct.

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).

35.

posted by rcade at 10:49 AM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

GroupR16QtrSemiScore
rcade242141170210763
owlhouse256259112122749
grum@work255177112199743
tron7245180182122729
bender23325779120689
rumple24220162168673
billsaysthis25418417429641
holden26116012880629
yerfatma285169700524
Ricardo2401651120517
flannelenigma273 273
prof237 237

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.

Results

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)

Scoring

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.

Games

Portugal vs. France, 3 p.m. EDT Sunday

posted by rcade at 02:46 PM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Hamilton by 9

Toronto by 6

Calgary by 4

Edmonton by 17

Go RedBlacks! Overcome my disloyalty!

posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

GroupR16QtrScore
owlhouse256259112627
billsaysthis254184174612
tron7245180182607
bender23325779569
rcade242141170553
holden261160128549
grum@work255177112544
yerfatma28516970524
Ricardo240165112517
rumple24220162503
flannelenigma273273
prof237237

Owlhouse holds on to the lead. Tron7 wins the week, climbing from seventh to third place. Billsaysthis hops from fifth to second. Rumple's poised to claim a Costanza.

Results

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)

Scoring

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

Games

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Nice catch, Duron Carter!

Nice ejection, Duron Carter!

posted by rcade at 11:43 PM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 4

Toronto by 13

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 6

posted by rcade at 07:03 PM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

A plan is afoot to have the Copa winner play the Euro winner.

posted by rcade at 11:53 AM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Owlhouse wins the week. I take the lead on the Costanza.

posted by rcade at 08:09 PM on June 29

Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade

Thanks, everyone.

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

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Standings

GroupR16Score
owlhouse256259515
bender233257490
yerfatma285169454
rumple242201443
billsaysthis254184438
grum@work255177432
tron7245180425
holden261160421
Ricardo240165405
rcade242141383
flannelenigma273273
prof237237

Results

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)

Scoring

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

Games

ThursdayJune 303 p.m. EDTPoland vs. Portugal
FridayJuly 13 p.m. EDTWales vs. Belgium
SaturdayJuly 23 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Italy
SundayJuly 33 p.m. EDTFrance vs. Iceland

posted by rcade at 07:50 PM on June 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

NFL Coach Buddy Ryan Dies

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