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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm working on some code for a Copa America Centenario contest.

We could do a confidence pool, but I think I'd prefer something along these lines:

Round 1: Pick the teams that will advance out of group.

Rounds 2+: Pick the winners of each knock-out game.


posted by rcade at 02:52 PM on May 30

AFC Wimbledon Win Promotion to League One

This is a testament to the awesomeness of promotion/relegation.

MK Dons reduced some of the bad blood between the clubs when it gave up all claim to the Wimbledon F.C. history in 2007, but the continued use of Dons in the name has become more controversial over time.

This ought to be a great bitter rivalry next season. The clubs have met three times in cup play with MK Dons winning twice and AFC Wimbledon once.

posted by rcade at 01:25 PM on May 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

rcade, it's the Stanley Cup Final (not Finals) ;-)

Hate to make that correction. Everything should be plural.

posted by rcade at 01:16 PM on May 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round


Round 1Round 2Round 3Score
Ufez Jones101516

Round 3 Results

San Jose in 6 over St. Louis
Pittsburgh in 7 over Tampa Bay

Goals: 4: Kessel (tommytrump, tahoemoj), Drouin, Pavelski (Meat Saber, NoMich), Ward
Best SV%: Vasilevskiy, .923 (nobody)
Best PP%: St. Louis, .235 (rumple)
Most PIM: 18: Killorn (Ufez Jones, ic23b, rcade), 17: Wingels, 13: Shattenkirk
Most GPG: San Jose, 3.67 (Meat Saber, NoMich, holden, Howard_T)

Stanley Cup Picks

1. Winner: San Jose or Pittsburgh (4 points)

2. Number of games that team will require (4 points)

3. The longest game (in OT periods) (1 point)

4. First player to score a goal (1 point)

5. Conn Smythe winner (1 point)

6. Player to score the most goals (1 point)

7. Player to get the most assists (1 point)

8. Player with the best plus/minus (1 point)

9. Player with the most penalty minutes (1 point)

10. Starting goaltender with the best save percentage (1 point)

Tiebreaker: Total goals scored in the series. If two players pick the same tiebreaker, the one who posted it first wins.

posted by rcade at 10:41 AM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

After the Sheffield Wednesday playoff, it's a bit of a comedown to watch the much less significant Champions League final.

posted by rcade at 02:47 PM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Obnoxious bat flip, college edition.

posted by rcade at 01:30 PM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Any Tennis Channel diehards here? Watch the Cornet/Maria match today if it is replayed. Lots of drama and controversy.

posted by rcade at 02:03 PM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The server is here, near Galleria Mall in Dallas.

posted by rcade at 01:37 PM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This is what happens when your favorite teams are owned by Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban.

posted by rcade at 12:53 PM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'm moving SportsFilter to a new faster server tonight. There will be hiccups.

posted by rcade at 10:13 PM on May 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

When did people stop saying French Open and start saying Roland Garros?

When did the British Open start being called The Open in the U.S.?

posted by rcade at 11:58 AM on May 21

British Open Drops Muirfield for Not Admitting Women

This looks like another Augusta-style "we'll do it, but not now because you pressured us" maneuver. You're not the boss of me! Such a waste of time forestalling the inevitable.

posted by rcade at 05:10 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Why, Liverpool? Why?

posted by rcade at 07:45 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I just saw Colin Cowherd on FS1 waiting for the Europa League final. His co-host Kristine Leahy spends the entire time listening with a smile on her face. It doesn't seem possible to do that as a natural position for so long.

posted by rcade at 01:55 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

If Bautista had done that to Odor, what do you think Odor's reaction would have been?

Under normal circumstances -- no history between the clubs or players, no current cycle of payback -- I think Odor would have reacted the way Simmons did.

posted by rcade at 09:11 AM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'd call it a fine whine. The "little kids" part in particular is pitiable. I enjoyed the salty taste of his tears.

Is Bautista's any more dangerous or aggressive than that one (which didn't result in a brawl)?

The Odor slide was the subject of a replay review in New York and it was not deemed an illegal slide. I agree with the call.

posted by rcade at 11:19 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Wild. Bautista cost the Jays the game with that leg grab.

posted by rcade at 09:26 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Roughned's rapidly becoming a folk hero in DFW -- the anti-Clint Longley. This list of 10 things about him includes one I didn't know: He's a former Minor Leaguer of the Year and was the youngest rookie to play a game in 2014.

posted by rcade at 09:04 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Explain how Odor is "defending himself".

I didn't say Odor was defending himself. I said Bautista was squaring up, which made his complaint about a sucker punch whiny and ridiculous.

Bautista is not an idiot. He's an old pro. He knew when he slid that it might spark a brawl. Watch how he popped up instantly and spun around to face Odor. Both of them stepped towards each other aggressively.

Did he expect a punch like that? Maybe not. Was it a sucker punch? Please.

I hope the Rangers call up Roughned Odor to sub for Roughned Odor.

P.s. All GoFundMes work that way. You have to trust the organizer not to abscond with the lucre.

posted by rcade at 08:58 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Bautista didn't say anything and he didn't shove anyone before the punch. So it was one person squared up, exchanging words, shoving, and then punching.

Bautista was stepping into him before he got shoved. They were almost chest to chest. That's squaring up. You can see it in the first video, which also has new angles on the fight.

You're batting 1.000 in homer takes. Bautista slid dirty and took a punch in the mouth that was probably deserved. I'd feel differently if he got hurt, of course, but I think the only casualties were his sunglasses and his pride.

Odor got 8 games and probably will lose at least 5 after appeal. That's fair. I hope Bautista gets a game for that slide.

posted by rcade at 04:55 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Odor claims self-defense.

Bautista said he only got rocked because it was a sucker punch.

When two people are squared up to each other exchanging words and shoving is involved, the first punch isn't a sucker punch.

He should just appreciate the aesthetic beauty of the punch the way Toronto fandom wanted the bat flip to be appreciated.

posted by rcade at 03:05 PM on May 17

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Golden State in 6

Cavaliers in 6

PRA: LeBron James
Blocks: Draymond Green
Steals: Russell Westbrook
Fouls: Klay Thompson
FT: LeBron James

posted by rcade at 09:07 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There's another purpose to sidearming the throw to first -- it forces the runner on a rampage to come in lower. Everybody knew when the grounder was hit that Bautista would slide like a linebacker. He was pissed about getting hit.

"You know you're taught to throw low to prevent a guy from coming in high." -- Justin Verlander to Torii Hunter

"That's true." -- Hunter

posted by rcade at 01:03 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The NHL Pick 'Em standings are updated. MrFrisby leads but four players are one stroke down and the island green is still coming up.

posted by rcade at 12:56 PM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Since we're deep in the quagmire of baseball's unwritten rules already, what do people think of the Jays' contention that throwing at Bautista was supposed to happen earlier in the series or not at all? I find that a curious notion: You can use your pitcher as a weapon of vengeance, but not late in the final game of our season series.

posted by rcade at 10:34 AM on May 16

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

This gaffe has to be one of the biggest in pro sports history. Man U can't play on the final Sunday because a security official left a fake bomb behind! The reaction in England must be apoplectic. I should be listening to TalkSport.

posted by rcade at 09:45 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Since he's already released the throw before Bautista misses him, what explanation do you have for Odor's wild inaccuracy?

The person clambering into him to disrupt his throw could have something to do with it.

I don't think a player would throw at someone's head from a distance of 0-6 inches to hurt them. That move isn't likely to hurt much and could break the thrower's fingers or wrist, like what happens to quarterbacks whose hands hit somebody right after releasing a pass.

Beltre and Bautista reminded me of what usually happens in brawls. Wily veterans from opposite teams pick each other as dance partners and neither one fights.

Does anyone know when the play ended? It looked like the Jays runner at first could have kept on going around the bases (though he'd later be called out on a double play).

posted by rcade at 09:12 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"Let me put it this way. "Do I want to see 25 of those bat flips in every series? No. Do I understand how the bat flip happened in that particular inning, and in that particular game, I do understand it. And I think it probably is a good thing for the game.'' -- Rob Manfred

Under the same reasoning, Odor punching Bautista in the face was a good thing for the game. Millionaires hating each other is quality entertainment.

When you see the video at the link above, Bautista definitely was going to take a swing at Odor before the punch of the year. He just wasn't fast enough.

P.s. Anyone know if Bautista and Beltre are friends? Beltre held onto him a long time to keep him out of the fracas.

posted by rcade at 12:11 AM on May 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Where on the dirty scale does throwing at a runner's head fall?

Not high. A ball that has barely left your hand yet isn't going to hurt a helmeted head. It was about as effective an attempt to injure as slapping at Bautista with his gloved hand.

(If Odor was capable of changing the throw to submarine in the split-second after learning Bautista was sliding dirty he is our greatest living ballplayer.)

Please baseball gods let Toronto and Texas meet in the playoffs. I don't ask you for much but I'm asking you for this.

posted by rcade at 11:47 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Punching someone isn't that dirty in a sport that allows brawls. Bautista's slide is illegal now because of the potential to injure. Odor treating it like a palpably offensive act is ahead of the curve. Sometimes you set the trend.

I'm seeing Odor as someone who shouldn't be where he is -- the Rangers didn't think he'd be their regular second baseman -- who succeeds by will. His hot temper probably helps that trait.

If his punch had glanced off Bautista there'd be little outrage. Players who beef sometimes throw down. But it was one of the best punches ever thrown a Major League fight. People will be buying him beers in Texas for a long time. I hope he doesn't have alcohol issues.

posted by rcade at 09:14 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Man that was satisfying. Bautista flips bats and takes a punch operatically.

posted by rcade at 08:17 PM on May 15

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

Unrelated question: Should Americans describing this great sport use terms such as football, fixture, table, match and pitch or soccer, schedule, standings, game and field?

posted by rcade at 03:41 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

St. Louis in 7

Tampa Bay in 7

Goals: Tarasenko

Goalie: Elliott

Power play: Tampa Bay

Penalties: Killorn

Goals per game: St. Louis

posted by rcade at 05:11 PM on May 13

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Round 1Round 2Score
Ufez Jones10111

Round 2 results

St. Louis in 7 over Dallas
San Jose in 7 over Nashville
Tampa in 5 over N.Y. Islanders
Pittsburgh in 6 over Washington

Top 3 goal scorers: 6: Logan Couture; 5: T.J. Oshie, 4: Joe Pavelski (MrFrisby), Mike Fisher, Troy Brouer, David Backes, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov (ic23b)

Best starting goalie save percentage: .926, Matt Murray (nobody)

Best team power play percentage: .381, San Jose (billsaysthis, tahoemoj, holden, MrFrisby)

Best goals per game: 3.6, Tampa Bay (tommytrump, NoMich, cixelsyd, tahoemoj, MrFrisby)


Pick the two teams that will advance and the number of games each series will require. Each winner is worth two points.

Two extra points on each series winner for getting the number of games correct.

One point for picking the top goal scorer this round.

One point for picking the starting goalie with the best save percentage.

One point for picking the team with the best power play percentage.

One point for picking one of the top three most penalized players.

One point for picking the team that scores the most goals per game.

posted by rcade at 02:20 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The NHL Pick 'Em post is coming this morning. Our final four are set and there's a game tonight.

posted by rcade at 10:17 AM on May 13

Grosse Ile H.S. lacrosse team accused of killing animal before game

How is an entire team capable of something so vile? Surely there were some players who had pets at home and were sickened by the idea of killing a helpless and docile creature like that.

posted by rcade at 03:29 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I've fixed the bug.

posted by rcade at 07:30 PM on May 10

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.

Then, every time after that, he realized that it WASN'T a lie/mistake/whatever, and he's then forced to cover his own ass for not stopping it the first time (and every time after that).

I could see that happening. It shows another reason someone in power must act on information about the possible abuse of a child -- to not act is a time bomb waiting to blow up your career. I hope at least that is a legacy of Paterno's fall. He will never be remembered with honor outside of Penn State faithful, and even among them I expect there's a sizable group outraged by his role in this.

As I say that people must always report these crimes when they become aware of them, there's a complicating factor: Mandatory reporters such as health professionals and school officials often face retaliation when they do the right thing. My wife wrote that link for Daily Kos as part of a series on the treatment of abused children in the U.S. family court system.

We're a long way from fixing this mess and protecting children.

posted by rcade at 11:59 AM on May 07

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.

I don't understand the first time Paterno covered up Sandusky's crimes.

I might understand the second, because Paterno was complicit at that point. He had his own reputation to worry about if his prior non-action came to light.

But why didn't he fire him and never let him use Penn State athletic facilities or profit from his association with the school?

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on May 06

One Night in Leicester

I don't think Thompson's piece was cliched. There were a few places where he oversold the premise and got excessively magazine-y, but on the whole he found great stories to tell from people who lived there. My favorite was the sad one about the 58-year-old granddad who died during the season.

posted by rcade at 11:20 AM on May 06

Joe Paterno (and Penn State) may have known about the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976.

Defenders of Paterno should give it up already. He was not the man the college football world thought he was. He had multiple chances to protect children from heinous abuse by one of his own coaches. He chose to help cover it up and kept a loathsome predator in his employ -- even letting the man use Penn State facilities to run youth camps.

I am enjoying the irony that this came to light because Penn State is trying to recoup $60 million in settlements to Sandusky's victims by making their insurer pay it. Their attempt to save some money may drag more of the truth out yet about their own cover up.

posted by rcade at 10:02 AM on May 06

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

It's nice to visit your mother. But Claudio will be far removed from the celebration of a lifetime if it happens today. The timing of his trip is a surprise.

A lot of British press has spread that Hanks claim around without calling it a joke, but I can't find a story that confirms it isn't.

This NBC News headline has been on its front page since last night: "Leicester City's Title Dreams Will Have to Wait Another Week." It's not true. If Tottenham fails to win today it's over.

posted by rcade at 10:24 AM on May 02

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

I emailed the round 1 players who haven't shown up yet.

posted by rcade at 06:56 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

San Antonio in 5

Cleveland in 6

Golden State in 7

Toronto in 6

Technical foul: DeAndre Jordan

Three-pointers: Kyle Korver

posted by rcade at 02:06 PM on April 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Lightning in 6

Capitals in 6

Stars in 7

Sharks in 5

Scorer: Benn

Goalie: Bishop

Power play: Stars

Goals per game: Capitals

posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Billsaysthis, Jagsnumberone: Your email addresses here bounce.

posted by rcade at 09:40 AM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2


NHL, NFL, same thing right?

posted by rcade at 09:18 AM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Pick the four teams that will advance and the number of games each series will require. One extra point on winners for getting the number of games correct.

One point for picking one of the top three goal scorers in this round.

One point for picking the starting goalie with the best save percentage.

One point for picking the team with the best power play percentage.

One point for picking the team that scores the most goals per game.

Preliminary Standings After Round 1

Ufez Jones8

If you pick the Sharks vs. Predators/Ducks series before game 7 tonight, you can change it tomorrow based on the outcome and I'll update your picks accordingly.

Round 1 Results

Stars in 6

Blues in 7

Sharks in 5

Islanders in 6

Lightning in 5

Capitals in 6

Penguins in 5

Ducks and Predators to be determined

Top Western Conference scorers: 5: Pavelski, 4: Benn, Spezza, Pominville, Shaw, Tarasenko

Top Eastern scorers: 5: Tavares, 4: Kucherov, R. Smith

posted by rcade at 08:53 AM on April 27

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

The Patriots were punished for SpyGate. The Saints were punished for BountyGate. The Falcons were punished for CrowdNoiseGate. The Patriots were punished for DeflateGate.

Goodell is a hack, but there's nothing unprecedented about a team being punished with the NFL Commissioner acting as the ultimate authority. That is how a sports league is supposed to work, not endless court cases.

posted by rcade at 05:27 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

So basically, if Goodell wakes up tomorrow with a bad hair day, he can choose to suspend Tony Romo of the Cowboys for an entire year, and fine him 3x his annual salary, just because.

I think the ruling explicitly tries to avoid letting the commissioner do anything he wants. It just states his authority over matters like this is extremely broad in the CBA.

From the ruling:

Our obligation is limited to determining whether the arbitration proceedings and award met the minimum legal standards established by the Labor Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. 141 et seq. (the "LMRA").We must simply ensure that the arbitrator was "even arguably construing or applying the contract and acting within the scope of his authority" and did not "ignore the plain language of the contract." ...

As long as the award "draws its essence from the collective bargaining agreement' and is not merely the arbitrator's own brand of industrial justice,'" it must be confirmed.

I will be surprised if the commissioner's authority becomes a major issue in the next CBA. It doesn't seem like a hill most players will feel like dying on. Only a small number of players get a significant punishment each year.

posted by rcade at 03:27 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

Calling it a "good idea" was my way of saying Goodell would never do it. He is a blight on all Rogers.

posted by rcade at 02:08 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

When the court overruled Goodell, I was surprised. I did not expect a judge to deny a league commissioner's authority to decide a player disciplinary matter covered by the collective bargaining agreement. This appeals ruling makes more sense to me. Courts like to avoid getting involved in situations that were decided through an arbitration process agreed to by both parties.

Now that a court has affirmed the NFL commissioner's authority, it would be a good idea for Goodell to offer to cut the suspension in half in exchange for Brady and Kraft's agreement to support that suspension and let the court fight end.

posted by rcade at 12:29 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

If Brady misses the games against Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo, I think the Patriots go 3-1 or 2-2. Arizona and Buffalo are the toughest opponents, but they get Buffalo at home.

posted by rcade at 11:58 AM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

This news coincides with stories that Tom Brady is No. 1 in uniform sales in the NFL.

posted by rcade at 11:53 AM on April 25

Giants' John Mara: NFL May Dump Kickoffs

Is there a way to do a kickoff with staggered lines of scrimmage with 2 or 3 players of each team on them, so nobody is running a great distance before an initial collision with an opponent?

posted by rcade at 03:11 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The refs had a bad game. I don't see how you give West Ham that penalty and don't give Leicester City the penalty on the Huth drag-down. But the scales were balanced later.

posted by rcade at 09:45 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That Leicester/West Ham game was incredible.

posted by rcade at 07:31 PM on April 17

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms

+1 Beaverboard. You did that in a room full of knives?

posted by rcade at 10:22 AM on April 16

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

Cleveland in 4
Toronto in 6
Charlotte in 7
Atlanta in 6

Golden State in 5
San Antonio in 7
Dallas in 7
L.A. Clippers in 6

Highest team score: 120

Highest player score: 43

posted by rcade at 10:18 AM on April 16

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms

My reaction to this news would have been different before I became obsessed with British soccer.

posted by rcade at 05:52 PM on April 15