Recent Comments by rcade

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Darke's my favorite soccer announcer, but I thought it was overkill today. He could have talked half as much about what a disaster it was and still made the point.

But still, what a disaster. If that had happened the night before the Brexit vote it would've been cited as a factor in the outcome.

posted by rcade at 06:04 PM on June 27

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile

I think Messi will be back for the World Cup when he calms down. His choked-back tears of anguish after the final will be long remembered. It was like watching a Muppet cry.

Considering how many players lost their composure during the match, I feel like the U.S. could win a Copa if we played well and kept our heads.

There were so many dives, fouls, altercations and arguments with the ref! It made the match entertaining but I'd be embarrassed as an advocate of South American football.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on June 27

Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade

My first victory in a SportsFilter contest in the 14 years the site has existed. Wahoo!

I hope the scoring seemed fair to everybody. Points were doubled for picking winning teams each round after the first knockout round. The goal was to make roughly the same number of points available so that it was more competitive.

Props were kept low enough so that picking winners still mattered most. I'd like more points for goal scorers next time around.

The ref did his best to make our yellow and red card picks meaningful.

posted by rcade at 12:02 PM on June 27

Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade




Chile 0, Argentina 0 (4-2 PKs)

No goal scorers.

Yellow cards: Vidal (holden, billsaysthis, bender, tron7, rcade, grum@work, Goyoucolts), Mascherano (billsaysthis), Beausejour (billsaysthis), Diaz, Aranguiz, Messi, Kranevitter

Red cards: Rojo (holden), Diaz

posted by rcade at 11:55 AM on June 27

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Tim Howard was looking pretty mighty in that game. I'm curious whether he would've played Argentina better, though I am overall happy with Brad Guzan.

posted by rcade at 06:50 PM on June 26

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Billsaysthis: You need two more yellow/red card accumulators.

posted by rcade at 05:40 PM on June 25

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals

Chile 2, Argentina 1
Scorer: Alexis Sanchez
Cards: Nicolas Gaitan, Arturo Vidal, Mauricio Isla
First goal: 20:59

U.S. 3, Colombia 2
Scorer: James Rodriguez

posted by rcade at 05:39 PM on June 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Nice. Switzerland deserved to win that game.

The announcers said stutter steps by the taker on penalty kicks are a yellow card. Since when? Neymar and others have done them often in international competition.

posted by rcade at 02:23 PM on June 25

Johnny Manziel's Life Continues to Spiral

If you've ever talked to someone who has a loved one with a drug addiction, they reach a point where they sound just like Paul Manziel. Pure despair. It sounds like Johnny's troubles are far past the issue of whether he could ever return to football.

posted by rcade at 10:09 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I saw all those Boston picks and expected a big story to come out of their night.

Didn't happen, but as a Dallas fan I kind of envy having a pile of draftees all coming in at the same time. We have some years with no picks at all.

posted by rcade at 06:51 PM on June 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

West Ham offered 40 million Euros for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi on Thursday.

After Brexit, that price rose from 31 million pounds to 34 million.

The link has an examination of the potential impact of Brexit on British soccer.

Now I just need to find an article about its impact on EastEnders.

posted by rcade at 05:27 PM on June 24

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Poland 1, Switzerland 0 (Błaszczykowski)

Wales 3, Northern Ireland 1 (Bale)

Croatia 2, Portugal 1 (Modric)

France 3, Republic of Ireland 0 (Payet)

Germany 2, Slovakia 0 (Gomez)

Hungary 2, Belgium 1 (Hazard)

Spain 1, Italy 1 (Morata)

England 2, Iceland 1 (Kane)

I feel like I'm not picking enough upsets. There has got to be one more big name ready to shame a nation.

posted by rcade at 04:29 PM on June 24

Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals




Argentina 4, U.S. 0
Chile 2, Colombia 0

Goal scorers picked by players: 2: Hiquain; 1: Messi, Aranguiz


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 goal

4. Pick three players who will get a yellow or red card: 5 points per yellow, 25 per red

5. Pick the winner of the third-place game: 30 points

6. Pick the score: 5 points for winner's total, 5 points for loser's total, 5 points for both being right

7. Pick one player per game: 2 points per goal

8. Tiebreaker: Pick the time of the first goal in the final (minutes and seconds). Closest wins. If two players choose the same time, the one who picked it first wins.


Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT: U.S. vs. Colombia third-place game

Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT: Argentina vs. Chile final

posted by rcade at 10:31 AM on June 24

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Toronto by 8

Winnipeg by 10

Ottawa by 8

Calgary by 15

posted by rcade at 07:21 PM on June 23

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

Every player picked two group winners successfully.

France/Germany for all of us but one. Germany/Croatia for Bender.

The math on this drove me mad. I had to create the standings table just to make sure scores were correct.

posted by rcade at 02:06 PM on June 23

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16



1st: Points for picking group winners (10 points each)

1st/2nd: Points for picking first- or second-place teams (20 points each)

3rd: Points for picking third-place teams (15 points each)

Goals: Goals scored by your players (1 point each)


Teams that advanced (in order of finish)

Group A: France, Switzerland

Group B: Wales, England, Slovakia

Group C: Germany, Poland, Northern Ireland

Group D: Croatia, Spain

Group E: Italy, Belgium, Republic of Ireland

Group F: Hungary, Iceland, Portugal

Goal scorers picked by players: 3: Bale, Morata; 2: Lukaku, Ronaldo; 1: Giroud, Vardy, Nolito, Eder, Griezman, Kalinic, Rakitic, Pelle

Check your entry for the group round to ensure your score is correct.


Pick the winner of each game: 30 points

Pick the score: 5 points for winner's total, 5 points for loser's total, 5 points for both being right

Pick one player per game: 2 points per goal


SaturdayJune 259 a.m. EDTSwitzerland vs. Poland
SaturdayJune 2512 p.m. EDTWales vs. Northern Ireland
SaturdayJune 253 p.m. EDTCroatia vs. Portugal
SundayJune 269 a.m. EDTFrance vs. Republic of Ireland
SundayJune 2612 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Slovakia
SundayJune 263 p.m. EDTHungary vs. Belgium
MondayJune 2712 p.m. EDTItaly vs. Spain
MondayJune 273 p.m. EDTEngland vs. Iceland

posted by rcade at 02:00 PM on June 23

Meet The Kid Who Snuck His Way Into Game 7 With A Fake Press Pass

Doing it: Genius.

Admitting it, documenting it and exposing yourself to prosecution for what is probably a felony given the value of a game 7 ticket: Less genius.

posted by rcade at 01:44 PM on June 23

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Billsaysthis quit playing after the second round and beat me.

posted by rcade at 09:15 PM on June 22

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Results

So close! If I had just picked Cleveland in 7 instead of 6.

Thanks for running the contest, Ufez.

posted by rcade at 09:13 PM on June 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Pillar's uniform should be padded like an outfield wall.

posted by rcade at 03:35 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

I've been wanting to implement that for a while. The CFL and NFL season-long pick 'ems would be the final two of the year, I think, so they would be the deciderers.

posted by rcade at 03:22 PM on June 22

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich

Final Standings

Round 1Round 2Round 3Stanley CupScore
Ufez Jones1015622


1. Winner: Pittsburgh (grum@work, Ufez Jones, rumple, NoMich)

2. Games: 6 (grum@work, rumple, NoMich)

3. Longest game (in OTs): 1 (grum@work, Ufez Jones, cixelsyd, tommytrump, rumple, Howard_T, MrFrisby)

4. First score: Rust (no one)

5. Conn Smythe winner: Crosby (Ufez Jones)

6. Most goals: 2, Couture (rcade, bender), Karlsson, Malkin, Sheary, Hornqvist

7. Most assists: 4, Couture (MrFrisby, bender), Letang, Crosby (grum@work, NoMich)

8. Best +/-: 3, Burns (cixelsyd), Tierney, Hagelin

9. Most PIM: 6, Zubrus (no one)

10. Best SV%: .932, Jones (cixelsyd, tommytrump, tahoemoj, Howard_T, MrFrisby, rcade, bender)

Tiebreaker: 27 (tahoemoj, MrFrisby)

Check your picks to doublecheck your score.

Rumple led the Costanza by 2 before this round but scored 9 this round, which has to be one of the best Costanza-avoidance performances in site history.

Congratulations, NoMich! You can now call yourself a Hockey News subscriber (if you send me your address).

posted by rcade at 02:56 PM on June 22

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

We could play this game 10 times and never get a good shot on goal. Men and boys.

posted by rcade at 10:59 PM on June 21

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

I can't do it. Watched too much FS1 pregame. I. I Believe. I Believe I Can't Watch This With Guilt.

U.S. 2, Argentina 1 (Wondolowski).

posted by rcade at 08:49 PM on June 21

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hand crafted in Ada, Ohio ...

Canadian footballs ... ARE AMERICAN?

posted by rcade at 04:47 PM on June 21

Dustin Johnson Won U.S. Open Without Knowing What His Score Would Be

If a golf tournament can penalize a player during a match after getting an email from a viewer, what's the delay here?

posted by rcade at 04:16 PM on June 21

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Last year was my first too. I adopted the Redblacks because they had the emptiest bandwagon and they nearly won it all. The CFL is becoming the start to the football season for me.

posted by rcade at 01:49 PM on June 21

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Argentina 2, U.S. 1 (Hiquain)
Chile 2, Colombia 0 (Vargas)

posted by rcade at 11:23 AM on June 21

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Pondering my beer choices, I don't think I like a single one from a Copa America nation but my own.

posted by rcade at 07:00 PM on June 20

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals

Correct score and a goal scorer (47 or 49 points):

U.S. 2, Ecuador 1 (Dempsey): Grum@work, Holden, Rcade

Argentina 4 Venezuela 1 (Hiquain [2] or Messi): Cl, Bender

Correct score (45 points):

U.S. 2, Ecuador 1: Bender

Incorrect outcome, correct score (15 points):

Colombia 0, Peru 0: Bender

I think this is the first time I've ever led a SportsFilter competition.

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on June 20

Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals


Doubled points from last round.

Pick the winner of each game: 60 points

Pick the score: 10 points for winner's total, 10 points for loser's total, 10 more points for both right

Pick one player per game: 4 points per goal



Check your entry last week to ensure your score is correct.


Tuesday: U.S. vs Argentina
Wednesday: Colombia vs. Chile

posted by rcade at 01:40 PM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

The Block joins The Catch in the pantheon of proper nouns of sport.

It's a really nice call too by the play-by-play announcer. That's Mike Breen, correct?

posted by rcade at 01:12 PM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

The guy who wrote on June 11 that LeBron's window was closed to win in Cleveland is having an eventful morning.

posted by rcade at 10:53 AM on June 20

LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland

That was epic. Holding the Warriors to 13 in the final quarter, Irving sinking that 3, LeBron going for the dunk and getting Hulk smashed.

LeBron winning a title for Northeast Ohio is one of the great storybook moments in NBA history.

Congratulations to the Mistake by the Lake!

posted by rcade at 12:18 AM on June 20

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I do too. Losing Brooks and Jones makes a daunting proposition seem like one where I hope the U.S. players get Messi's autograph and a selfie so they have something to remember from the game.

posted by rcade at 10:04 PM on June 17

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Four of us got 47 points out of U.S.-Ecuador. Maximum 45 for the outcome, two for Dempsey's goal.

posted by rcade at 12:34 AM on June 17

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

U.S. 2, Ecuador 1 (Clint Dempsey)
Colombia 2, Peru 0 (James Rodriguez)
Argentina 4, Venezuela 0 (Lionel Messi)
Chile 2, Mexico 1 (Alexis Sanchez)

Stone Enjoy By 7.4.16

posted by rcade at 05:06 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I am surprised. I thought there would be blowouts and didn't like the idea of the expanded field.

Without Iceland we would've missed Cristiano Ronaldo's pouting and Iceland defender Kari Arnason's devastating smackdown. He ended his comments by picking up Thor's hammer.

posted by rcade at 03:45 PM on June 15

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Forgot to ask: What American beer are you pairing with tomorrow's match? I managed to find some Stone Enjoy By 7.4.16 double IPA.

posted by rcade at 02:17 PM on June 15

Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals


Pick the winner of each game: 30 points

Pick the score: 5 points for winner's total, 5 points for loser's total, 5 more points for both right

Pick one player per game: 2 points per goal



Check your entry last week to ensure your score is correct.


Thursday: U.S. vs Ecuador
Friday: Peru vs. Colombia
Saturday: Argentina vs. Venezuela
Saturday: Mexico vs. Chile

posted by rcade at 01:40 PM on June 15

Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal

I can't believe Brazil is out. Fortunes turn quickly in the group stage when only two teams advance.

posted by rcade at 11:50 AM on June 13

Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal

Deadspin has video. How can the refs delay that long to make a call? Either they saw a handball or they didn't.

posted by rcade at 12:53 AM on June 13

Euro 2016 Begins with 3 Days of Violence in France

Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting one side instigated all of this. But the in-stadium reports all are about Russians crossing into the English supporters section.

posted by rcade at 06:48 PM on June 11

Euro 2016 Begins with 3 Days of Violence in France

Russian fans attacked English fans at the stadium at the final whistle.

If this kind of stuff isn't stopped, we're going to have another Hillsborough with a fan stampede.

posted by rcade at 06:44 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I don't object to ESPN doing a story on security. I didn't like the decision to show video of a fake terror attack.

Did anyone see the Euro 2016 opening ceremony on TV? I thought showing it was part of the pre-game, but it appeared to only be online and that stream didn't work.

posted by rcade at 01:37 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I was disappointed in the studio takes at halftime of Albania/Switzerland about Lorik Cana's sending off. Mike Tirico, Abby Wambach and Kasey Keller never said a word about Cana using the handball to stop play and prevent a goal. If he didn't do it, the Swiss player was 1-on-1 against the keeper at the edge of the box.

Yes, Cana put his team a man down. Yes, he'll be suspended another game. Yes, it was a bad decision because of the cost. But there was a motive that they never discussed. Defenders often take a penalty in a situation like the one Cana faced. I assume it's drilled into them, because they do it all the time.

No goal was scored.

posted by rcade at 01:17 PM on June 11

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

HopSlam was more available in Florida this year. I found it four different times over two months -- the first time at Total Wine on day one of release and the other three at random times at the local store that carries good craft beers.

posted by rcade at 10:16 PM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

ESPN2 just showed a terrorism drill in the Euro 2016 pregame, complete with fans running in terror, fake blood and masked gunmen firing assault rifles.

Way to set the mood.

posted by rcade at 02:25 PM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Bell's Two Hearted IPA ...

Nice choice. Ever had HopSlam?

posted by rcade at 01:52 PM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Group A
1. France
2. Switzerland
3. Romania

Group B
1. England
2. Russia
3. Wales
Harry Kane

Group C
1. Germany
2. Poland
3. Ukraine
Thomas Muller

Group D
1. Spain
2. Croatia
Aritz Aduriz

Group E
1. Belgium
2. Italy
3. Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Group F
1. Portugal
2. Austria
Cristiano Ronaldo

Drinking: Trappistes Rochefort 10

posted by rcade at 01:51 PM on June 10

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot

Which leaves me still not sure what there is to discuss about it, as one guy on the radio does not equal "how we talk about a women's sport".

How a famous governor and sports radio host discuss something can obviously lead to more general debate of how "we" talk about it. That's how discussions about a sport's perception in culture are waged. People bring up examples.

I don't know why you'd be irked by the question, "Should a discussion of any women's sport by men be entirely about good looks?" That's what they were doing.

Is it the end of the world that Christie and this host are uninformed bros on the subject of women's tennis? Of course not. But it's like when soccer-hating sports radio gabbers bring the sport up only to ridicule 0-0 draws and deride the players as a bunch of soft wimps. I had to endure that on Jacksonville radio for years. There's finally some people who can discuss the sport like they actually care about it.

Rejecting the bros has value. Men who want to talk women's tennis should have some intelligent takes that have nothing to do with any player's good looks. It's the most popular women's sport. If somebody can't talk about it beyond "they shore purty," that's embarrassing.

... all because someone dared only to suggest this was a non-issue.

You did more than that. You accused me of being part of the "childish culture of virtue signaling and moral purity posturing." I'm not offended -- I'd rather discuss the link -- but if you're going to throw elbows you might catch one back.

posted by rcade at 08:45 PM on June 09

SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em

Salamon Rondon!

posted by rcade at 08:13 PM on June 09

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

You are getting old, gramps.

I'm ashamed to admit how long it took me to figure out what you were saying, young whippersnapper.

That was on accident, I swear, but I live in a city where 4:30 p.m. is a socially acceptable dinnertime. On a Seinfeld episode there was a map to Del Boca Vista, the retirement community where Jerry's parents lived. It was my part of Florida.

posted by rcade at 08:02 PM on June 09

Chris Christie: Hot Female Tennis Players Are Hot

I took out the part of the quote that wasn't by Christie. I wouldn't have posted it without that part, frankly, but I'll keep it online now rather than kill the whole thing.

I posted it because I'm a women's tennis fan and it was a nice example of the bro level of engagement in the sport coming from an unusual source.

Are women's tennis players good looking? Often. Should a discussion of any women's sport by men be entirely about good looks? Not if they are genuine fans.

Where was the host going with this comment? "You need attractive European tennis players so that you have something to do other than watch the Listen, I love the Williams sisters; they're American and they win all the time. But for the sport, you need some of --"

Why do we need Europeans? What's he suggesting is deficient in the Williams's?

Calling something "virtue signaling" or "moral purity posturing" suggests I'm fishing for outrage in calling attention to this. Consider the possibility that I'm interested in the topic of how we talk about a women's sport -- and I have some faith in this site to be elevated over the average flamewar.

posted by rcade at 07:54 PM on June 09

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

I had some fresh Pilsner Urquell flown from the Czech Republic to Worlds of Beer around the U.S. as a publicity stunt. Don't like pilsners much but it was great.

posted by rcade at 03:21 PM on June 09

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em


Pick the team that wins the group: 10 points

Pick a team that gets out of group: 20 points for first- or second-place teams, 15 points for third-place teams

Goal by one of your players: 1 point

Top 2 teams automatically get out of each group. The top 4 third place teams (out of 6) also advance.

Group A

Group B

Group C
Northern Ireland

Group D
Czech Republic

Group E
Republic of Ireland

Group F

Pick two teams per group, plus four third place teams, plus one player in each group.

For no points, pick what beer you are planning to drink during important matches. Double no points if the beer is from a Euro 2016 nation.

posted by rcade at 11:14 AM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Behind the backboard, over the backboard, time expired, buzzer beater, nothing but net.

... and the rim. But don't quibble.

posted by rcade at 05:08 PM on June 07

Novak Djokovic Holds All 4 Grand Slam Trophies

There are some players coming up who look like they may challenge him: Milos Raonic, owner of the sixth fastest serve of all time, is 25; Dominic Thiem, another bomber, is 22; and David Goffin, a Belgian with a bit of Federer's fast footedness, is 25.

During a match, Goffin looks like a World War I vet who came home haunted by what he's seen. How can you not root for him?

posted by rcade at 09:57 AM on June 07

Novak Djokovic Holds All 4 Grand Slam Trophies

If the link is walled off, WSJ links often work on Twitter. This was the best story I found.

posted by rcade at 10:57 AM on June 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I saw that dead horse quote on Twitter. Hilarious.

The Centenario has been rough sledding so far. Few goals, little quality play, Mexico fans yelling a homophobic slur and players on the ground claming injury every three minutes.

posted by rcade at 09:22 PM on June 05