Recent Comments by rcade

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

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

Ouch!

posted by rcade at 01:10 PM on December 06

Friday Night Lights Out

Interesting story. I think the days of public high school football are probably numbered, but not through the democratic process. Insurers and lawsuits will do it in.

My oldest son is in college now. He's 6-foot-5 and I knew he was tall for his class, but not how tall until high school graduation. He towered over most classmates as they lined up to receive diplomas.

Walking to the car afterwards, I asked him, "How many times did a coach ask you to play football during high school?" He answered, "About 100."

None of my sons wants anything to do with the sport. They all think it damages brains.

posted by rcade at 09:47 AM on December 04

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

During today's Sheffield Wednesday match against Preston North End, PNE strikers Eoin Doyle and Jermaine Beckford were both sent off for throwing punches -- at each other!

posted by rcade at 12:04 PM on December 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's amazing how much luck the Cowboys have and the Jaguars lack. Watching Jacksonville, I can always count on at least one astonishingly bad officiating call that hurts them in a significant way. That's not why they lose, but it doesn't help a flailing franchise when the bad calls aren't evening out.

Last night Dallas gets three lucky breaks with officiating: Elliot's reversed fumble, Minnesota's punt return fumble and the non-call on the Bradford head slap on the game's final play.

I don't think the Jags have had a single game where things broke that well. They had a touchdown run where the ball broke the goal line called a fumble into the end zone. I think three touchdowns have been lost on review so far in 2016.

posted by rcade at 12:52 PM on December 02

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

It sounds like you had more fun in Jacksonville in 6 months than I've managed in 19 years.

I didn't know we had a Chili Bordello either.

posted by rcade at 11:23 AM on December 02

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

When the Super Bowl came to Jacksonville, I was working at home and taking care of my sons while my wife worked as a local reporter.

My wife hates sports more than I love them.

She was assigned to cover the game.

So there I was at home, bitter I couldn't be at any Super Bowl-related festivities, and the phone rang. My wife had a question: "I just talked to someone named Steve Young. Is he important?" (He was announced as a Hall of Fame inductee earlier that same day, so, yeah -- kind of a big deal.)

She later got to ask Bill Belichick questions on media day. He was nice. I think he liked that none of her questions were sports-related -- she was covering the business of the game.

She also called me from the Playboy Super Bowl party.

Still bitter.

posted by rcade at 06:45 PM on December 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition

Los Angeles Clippers by 8
Golden State by 14 <-- dunk
Chicago by 12
Houston by 6

posted by rcade at 04:16 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Dallas by 6
Denver by 7
New Orleans by 3
Green Bay by 7
Atlanta by 3
New England by 10 <-- lock
Baltimore by 3
Philadelphia by 13 <-- lock
San Francisco by 3
Oakland by 3
Pittsburgh by 6
Tampa Bay by 10
Arizona by 3
Seattle by 7 <-- lock
Indianapolis by 3

posted by rcade at 04:12 PM on December 01

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

... I don't see why it isn't acceptable to simply rotate the Super Bowl through all of the league's stadia.

The beautiful people hated Jacksonville's Super Bowl. They either stayed away or complained about the city's accommodation and parties. We still have an inferiority complex about it.

posted by rcade at 04:02 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

The 62-yard field goal is five longer than McManus has ever made in his NFL career. The difference between a tie and a loss is a playoff spot (as of today). I could see the same scenario happening at season's end.

posted by rcade at 11:59 AM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Picking all those locks and only blowing up on Seattle is impressive, Grum.

posted by rcade at 08:28 PM on November 30

How the Chicago Bears became NFL's most untroubled losers

That 1985 Bears team was a decade of awesome in a one-year bag. I still remember the way they crushed the Cowboys 44-0. Dallas was good enough that year to finish 10-6.

posted by rcade at 02:54 PM on November 29

Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash

The Guardian is blogging the latest details. Two other players, Jakson Follman and Zampier Neto, also survived.

posted by rcade at 10:34 AM on November 29

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

420 passing yards at the half.

posted by rcade at 08:28 PM on November 27

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 13

Bo Levi Mitchell

under

543

In spite of the above, go RedBlacks!

posted by rcade at 04:36 PM on November 27

Strong Out, Herman In (probably)

College programs sure fall in love with trendy coaches quickly. Herman only has two years as a head coach to his name.

posted by rcade at 01:15 PM on November 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NFL rules question: Dallas is down 2 at their own 30 with 20 seconds left and no timeouts. They throw to Lance Dunbar in the middle of the field. He runs down the middle for 30 yards, then tosses a lateral intentionally over the head of a teammate out of bounds.

Does this stop the clock with Dallas at the opponents' 40?

posted by rcade at 02:04 PM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Minnesota by 6
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 10 <-- lock
Atlanta by 7
Baltimore by 4
Buffalo by 7 <-- lock
New Orleans by 4
New York Giants by 13 <-- lock
Houston by 7
Miami by 13 <-- lock
Tennessee by 7
Seattle by 9
Oakland by 3
Denver by 3
New England by 7
Philadelphia by 10

posted by rcade at 11:25 AM on November 24

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

I like how the V is negative space in the helmet. Once I started seeing that my appreciation for the logo grew. The muted steel gray is also interesting.

I wish the lines on the helmet were simpler. I can't imagine them ever standing out the way a classic logo does over time.

The name Vegas Golden Knights doesn't do much for me. If I knew nothing about the team except its name, I'd assume it was a minor league franchise in baseball or basketball.

It will be fun to see the team built in an expansion draft.

posted by rcade at 11:44 AM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Punching somebody in the nozzle what needs punching is not aberrant behavior.

posted by rcade at 09:12 PM on November 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Michael Jordan of Greatness Edition

San Antonio by 12

New Orleans by 4

posted by rcade at 09:10 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The NFL fans in Mexico tonight have carried their obnoxious homophobic yell after kicks over from soccer.

posted by rcade at 09:36 PM on November 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Rangers farm system in the Dominican Republic is out of control.

posted by rcade at 07:33 PM on November 21

Jurgen Klinsmann Out as U.S. Men's Soccer Coach

I was hoping to see one more Klinsmann World Cup. The last two results were pretty foreboding, though.

posted by rcade at 05:50 PM on November 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

Minnesota by 4
Dallas by 9
Buffalo by 3
New York Giants by 10 <-- lock
Detroit by 7
Pittsburgh by 13 <-- lock
Kansas City by 7 <-- lock
Indianapolis by 3
Miami by 10
New England <-- lock
Seattle by 3
Washington by 4
Oakland by 3

posted by rcade at 10:16 AM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 3

Calgary by 7

QB: Mitchell

Sacks: Calgary

posted by rcade at 10:06 AM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

I'm on the road with a flaky laptop, so let me know if anything is amiss in your score.

I missed the early Sunday games last week and managed to find 38 points in the remaining six games while going 5-of-6. I've kept myself in what British football fans would call mid-table obscurity!

New Orleans by 6

posted by rcade at 12:31 PM on November 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: All Hail the Clippers Edition

Minnesota by 13
Chicago by 7
Golden State by 16
Los Angeles Clippers by 12

posted by rcade at 11:54 AM on November 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: All Hail the Clippers Edition

Nice week, NoMich. 37 points in a four-game week!

posted by rcade at 01:37 PM on November 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

New England by 7
New York Giants by 7

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Arizona by 13

posted by rcade at 02:38 PM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Dallas by 4

posted by rcade at 02:38 PM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Miami by 7

posted by rcade at 02:37 PM on November 13

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton by 13

British Columbia by 4

Trump's favorite kicker: Whyte

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posted by rcade at 09:23 AM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Baltimore by 8 <-- lock

posted by rcade at 12:59 PM on November 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Rangers ballpark is 22 years old, which is six less than Arlington Stadium when it was succeeded by that facility.

There's no real need to replace the park unless you think the lack of a retractable roof is an issue. I think this is just another chance to redirect millions in public money to private gain. The Rangers used the scare of the team going to Dallas to help get this approved.

posted by rcade at 02:13 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Like millions of others, I woke up today to a headline I was not emotionally prepared to see.

posted by rcade at 01:43 PM on November 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Enes Kanter Edition

New York by 13
San Antonio by 8
Miami by 6
Los Angeles Lakers by 10

posted by rcade at 08:37 AM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Nice job by the refs last night on Bills/Seahawks.

posted by rcade at 08:17 AM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Thanks! I will use this to establish my credentials to emigrate, should it become necessary.

Go RedBlacks!

posted by rcade at 06:00 AM on November 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: Concussion Protocol Edition

Atlanta by 10
Dallas by 8 <-- lock
Minnesota by 7
Kansas City by 14 <-- lock
New York Jets by 3
Philadelphia by 6
Pittsburgh by 3
Carolina by 4
New Orleans by 10
Green Bay by 7
San Diego by 8
Oakland by 3
Seattle by 6

posted by rcade at 06:09 PM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Theo Epstein has to be the best baseball executive ever, no?

posted by rcade at 10:24 AM on November 03

Cubs Win World Series

Outside Wrigley as the Cubs won.

posted by rcade at 08:06 AM on November 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Winnipeg by 9

Hamilton by 7

Edmonton by 13

B.C. by 6

I'll probably change the last pick if Winnipeg loses.

posted by rcade at 09:46 PM on November 02

Cubs Win World Series

Lindor was so nice to Schwarber after that tag. As a Roughned Odor fan I'm not prepared to see that.

posted by rcade at 08:44 PM on November 02

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Who Needs Kevin Durant? Edition

Boston by 8
Oklahoma City by 6
Cleveland by 20 <-- dunk
Golden State by 14
Chicago by 10
Golden State by 18 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 06:22 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

My hometown Double-A Jacksonville Suns are now the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

I'm not sure what the water is doing, but I like that the shrimp is also a J.

Locals hate the change, but it's the first time I've thought about the team in years and I'm a baseball fan. Embracing the goofy might be a smart move.

posted by rcade at 10:45 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I went with the consensus and kept -10 as the result if you make a pick 'em game a lock and it ends in a tie. I've updated the wording of the rules to make this clear.

posted by rcade at 10:37 AM on November 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Who Needs Kevin Durant? Edition

The game schedule now states when a team is playing more than one game that week.

If you pick the games in chronological order, it's easy to see which game you are picking.

But if you think there's some doubt, add the game's day to that pick.

posted by rcade at 10:17 AM on November 01

Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets

I would hope the parents shielded the kid from this dispute, so all he'll know is who ends up taking him. But who am I kidding? That almost never happens in divorce.

posted by rcade at 12:59 PM on October 30

Divorcing Couple Go to Court Over Cubs World Series Tickets

My parents fought over our Texas Rangers tickets when they divorced in the 1970s.

Dad lost and had to keep them.

posted by rcade at 04:56 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The NFL Pick 'Em rules for a lock state, "This doubles the points you win for that game, but if that team loses, you lose 10 points (even if you get the spread)."

The teams that had a lock on either team in the Seattle/Arizona tie lost 10 points.

Should it be 0 points instead?

posted by rcade at 04:12 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

As a Jaguars fan, I feel like tackling is a lesser issue behind coverage and edge containment.

I would miss Thursday football. I am worthless and weak.

posted by rcade at 02:21 PM on October 28

Enter SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest

Chicago by 6
Portland by 10
Cleveland by 16
Golden State by 10 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 11:46 AM on October 27

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Farewell Arian Edition

Tennessee by 6
Cincinnati by 3
Arizona by 4
Houston by 3
Kansas City by 10
New England by 3
New York Jets by 13
Oakland by 10
Seattle by 9
Denver by 7 <-- lock
Atlanta by 3
Dallas by 3
Minnesota by 13 <-- lock

My foolish optimism for the 2016-17 Jacksonville Jaguars is gone. I went to last week's game and saw a team I've seen many years before. I predict a loss tonight (sigh) and Gus Bradley's firing on Friday. This is a coach everybody loves except for the four hours his team is playing.

posted by rcade at 11:43 AM on October 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Edmonton by 3

Winnipeg by 7

British Columbia by 10

Calgary by 14

What happened to my RedBlacks? As a long-suffering fan of some months I am bereft.

posted by rcade at 11:33 AM on October 27

MLB Commissioner Red-Faced Over Indians Logo

Chief Wahoo is awful. The Indians organization made it even worse by lying about a phase out. I want to like Cleveland because a friend is a complete maniac for the team and I'm a fan of the city, but they make it difficult with chump moves like this.

posted by rcade at 03:40 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That's a weird story in more ways than one. Why is it called preteen football when the players are 13-14?

posted by rcade at 01:15 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If the Jaguars won the next 25 games in a row, head coach Gus Bradley still wouldn't be at .500.

posted by rcade at 10:29 PM on October 25