Recent Comments by rcade

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Trade Deadline Edition

Switch to Chicago over Cleveland by 4. No LeBron.

posted by rcade at 08:26 PM on February 25

The Table Never Lies

As a Sheffield Wednesday fan I've been questioning the logic of having so many youth players. In four years I've yet to see one become a significant first team contributor (Liam Palmer would be an exception but that happened slightly before my time).

I like what Brentford is doing with a second-chance squad. When you see the players who fall off the map at the top two levels of English football, it seems like some of them could still be making a contribution. I've been amazed that Kevin Nolan didn't find another gig after West Ham dropped him in 2015 at age 32. He's now player-coaching in League Two.

posted by rcade at 05:30 PM on February 25

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Trade Deadline Edition

Cleveland by 14 <-- dunk

Golden State by 11 <-- dunk

Boston by 8

San Antonio by 13 <-- dunk

Cleveland by 14

posted by rcade at 06:12 PM on February 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Trade Deadline Edition

The Mavericks lost two games this week to flex scheduling: Dallas/Minnesota was replaced with Boston/Toronto on Friday and Dallas/Miami with Indiana/Houston on Monday. There also was a flex to replace Toronto/New York with Milwaukee/Cleveland on the same day.

posted by rcade at 01:38 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ufez: Thanks for the offer to help on the NBA Pick 'Em. I've got that covered, but if you have time to do some or all of the Super Bowl prop bets that would help me finish that contest while I'm traveling. (If not I'll likely post it Friday.)

posted by rcade at 01:27 PM on February 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Charles Oakley Will Smash Edition

Cleveland by 10
Oklahoma City by 16
Boston by 5

posted by rcade at 01:25 PM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I was just about to share that. Auugh!

posted by rcade at 01:06 PM on February 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Thanks, everyone.

VHL is a tough prognosis. My two siblings and I had a 50 percent chance of getting it and none of us did, a 1-in-8 longshot that's so fortunate it is humbling. Other relatives weren't so lucky.

The Rangers winning the Series without dad will be bittersweet if it happens. But if Jon Daniels ever gets fired I'll be throwing the party he would have thrown, even though I like Daniels.

Dad got so fired up about Daniels I'd sometimes mention him just to see dad burst into flame. You could roast marshmallows on his rage..

posted by rcade at 05:21 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Go Mavericks Edition

Los Angeles Clippers by 13
Golden State by 13 <-- dunk
Cleveland by 13
Boston by 13 <-- dunk
Indiana by 13
Chicago by 13 <-- dunk
Golden State by 13
San Antonio by 13
Indiana by 13
Portland by 13

posted by rcade at 05:10 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Go Mavericks Edition

Scoring is updated. Please check your results from last week. My brain's all over the place.

posted by rcade at 05:04 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

My dad Roger Cadenhead died yesterday at 70 after a long battle with Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome. Mine was a childhood of baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, catching Texas Rangers games with him at Arlington Stadium in the 1970s. The memories are as good as the teams were bad.

posted by rcade at 03:36 PM on February 07

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

I had to drive cross-country Sunday instead of watching the Super Bowl. Did I miss a good game?

posted by rcade at 10:08 AM on February 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

Tahoemoj and Howard_T: You forgot the tiebreaker.

posted by rcade at 10:21 AM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

Atlanta by 4 <-- lock

Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski

First TD: Julio Jones

Passer: Matt Ryan

Rusher: LaGarrett Blount

Receiver: Julio Jones

Sacker: Vic Beasley

Intercepter: Logan Ryan

Turnover: Julian Edelman

MVP: Matt Ryan

Contest winner: rcade

Tiebreaker: 50

posted by rcade at 10:19 AM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

The discussion to make your picks is here. Standings are fully up to date and Rumple leads with 108 points.

posted by rcade at 12:43 PM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x33 Edition

Conference championship props

Most passing yards: Matt Ryan, 392 (ic23b, grum@work, tommytrump, cl, holden, hincandenza, bender, beaverboard, Ufez Jones, rcade)

Most rushing yards: LaGarrette Blount, 47 (beaverboard)

Most receiving yards: Julio Jones (tron7, tommytrump, cl, rumple, holden, jagsnumberone, bender, Ufez Jones, rcade) and Chris Hogan, 180

Player with an interception: Atlanta: Ricardo Allen (NoMich, rumple); New England: Eric Rowe

Official Standings with Props

PlayerTotalPicksPropsThis Week PicksThis Week Props
rumple10878302610
beaverboard10075252010
tron7997920105
Ufez Jones9277151010
ic23b867610200
NoMich817110155
rcade8666201510
Howard_T66615100
holden7656201010
cl7666102010
cixelsyd71561550
jagsnumberone71665205
bender675710150
hincandenza675710265
tahoemoj665610100
tommytrump614120610
grum@work61565205
MeatSaber4843550
billsaysthis2116500

This week

New England at Atlanta

Pick the winner and spread

Props

Pick the kicker who scores the first field goal.

Pick the player who scores the first touchdown.

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards.

Pick the player with the most rushing yards.

Pick the player with the most receiving yards.

Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack.

Pick a player who will get an interception.

Pick the player who commits the first turnover.

Pick the game's MVP.

Pick the SportsFilter user who will win this contest.

Tiebreaker

Pick the total score of the game. (If two players choose the same score, the one who posted it first wins.)

posted by rcade at 12:03 PM on February 03

67 Swedes Decide Whether to Take the Plunge

I liked the long dialogue between the couple Linus and Frida. He finally jumps and she follows without hesitation. I can't tell whether that's because his jump convinced her or because she was always ready to dive.

posted by rcade at 10:11 AM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Ryan Dickens, the college football prospect whose scholarship offer was yanked a couple weeks ago by UConn coach Randy Edsall, has landed at FCS Lafayette College.

posted by rcade at 08:26 PM on February 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Proud Refugee Luol Deng Edition

Cleveland by 13 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 8
Houston by 14 <-- dunk
Golden State by 20 <-- dunk
Boston by 17 <-- dunk
Portland by 8
Cleveland by 19 <-- dunk
Los Angeles Clippers by 13 <-- dunk
Washington by 6
San Antonio by 8

posted by rcade at 07:53 PM on February 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Proud Refugee Luol Deng Edition

This is the first time I've executed a lock-them-all strategy successfully. Only lost one. Thank you, favorites!

posted by rcade at 06:50 PM on January 31

Boston Sports Writer Trolls 'Zero Enthusiasm' Atlanta

Despite my comment, I don't know that I'd be at every Jaguars game if they were great over a sustained period. And my weather's a hell of a lot better than in New England.

I just miss the Landry years of taking greatness for granted.

posted by rcade at 04:00 PM on January 31

Roger Federer beats back father time to win his 18th major at age 35.

I didn't think we'd see another Federer win in a major. It's interesting to see the window stay open longer for the greats in tennis. It seemed like the sport was becoming a kid's game for a while, particularly for the women.

posted by rcade at 09:50 AM on January 30

Boston Sports Writer Trolls 'Zero Enthusiasm' Atlanta

Patriots fans should be packing that place every game. They are experiencing a run of football excellence and when it's over, the team may never its like again.

The Cowboys had one of those under Tom Landry that stretched across my entire childhood. We eventually took it for granted and were ready to see him go. Now we're 22 years past our last Super Bowl.

Regarding Shaughnessy, I hate it when a new team rises up to compete for a championship and dolts in the Boston-New York media axis act like it's boring. That happened to the Texas Rangers too.

The Falcons are a great team with one of the best offenses to reach the title game in years. They're the best matchup for the Patriots that the NFC could have produced. Dallas and Green Bay's weaknesses were both exposed in the playoffs.

posted by rcade at 09:48 AM on January 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Jacksonville's getting minor league hockey again.

When I lived in Fort Worth in the 1990s I saw a few Fort Worth Fire games. That was some cheap entertainment.

posted by rcade at 12:27 PM on January 27

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Ads on the Jersey Edition

Golden State by 14 <-- dunk
Portland by 9 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 14 <-- dunk
Utah by 19 <-- dunk
Chicago by 8 <-- dunk
Golden State by 13 <-- dunk
Cleveland by 12 <-- dunk
Boston by 6 <-- dunk
Memphis by 10 <-- dunk

posted by rcade at 05:52 PM on January 25

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Huddle really is the unsung hero around here. He's got a quality we all grow to appreciate as we age: regularity.

posted by rcade at 04:13 PM on January 25

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Things I learned from SportsFilter:

1. Soccer is great.

2. Nothing in sports beats the World Cup.

3. Football season begins in Canada.

posted by rcade at 07:51 PM on January 24

Falcons Will Face Patriots in Super Bowl 0x33

A shame the Packers didn't play like that in Dallas. The Falcons defense looks better each week. I don't like the Patriots as the favorite in 0x33.

posted by rcade at 11:41 AM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

This discussion now has the standings including props.

posted by rcade at 06:03 PM on January 22

Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dies in Car Crash

Actually, he looked like a talent that was losing control.

He was only 25. In the short term he was losing it mentally but most players get their head right as their 20s progress.

posted by rcade at 04:11 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

I've posted the wild card standings with props. More to come.

posted by rcade at 03:05 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Atlanta by 3

New England by 4 <-- lock

1. Quarterback with most passing yards: Ryan

2. Player with most rushing yards: Bell

3. Player with most receiving yards: Julio Jones

4. Player with an interception: Malcolm Butler

posted by rcade at 02:58 PM on January 22

Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Dies in Car Crash

Major League Baseball has a crisis of driving under the influence. I don't know what they currently offer prospects and other young athletes to educate them, but it's time to put together a stronger awareness campaign throughout the sport.

Ventura seemed like a talent who was going to put it all together and dominate the game. Such a shame.

posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This is the right time for a popular UNT fan saying: "It's all green and it's all good!"

posted by rcade at 08:07 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Doing it once is cool. Doing it every Sunday home game is like your friend who celebrates a "birthday week."

But I do like that they look like Roughned.

I have a chromatic beef with my Mean Green. They're a color but they keep coming up with new ways to de-emphasize green on their uniforms. Be the green that you want to be, dammit.

posted by rcade at 05:43 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

Divisional round props

Most passing yards: Aaron Rodgers, 355 (tahoemoj, grum@work, rumple, Howard_T, beaverboard)

Most rushing yards: Le'Veon Bell, 170 (ic23b, cixelsyd, rumple, Howard_T, holden, rcade, beaverboard)

Most receiving yards: Julian Edelman, 137

Players with a sack or partial sack: Seattle: Bennett, Rubin, Clark (beaverboard); Atlanta: Babineaux, Reed, Garland; Houston: Mercilus (bender, tommytrump), Cushing; New England: Brown, Ninkovich; Green Bay: Perry, Hyde; Dallas: Church, Scandrick, Heath; Pittsburgh: Harnison (cixelsyd); Kansas City: Jenkins, Poe, Ford

After the props are factored in, here are the standings.

Standings

PlayerTotalPicksPropsThis Week PicksThis Week Props
tron7846915390
Ufez Jones72675360
rumple7252202310
beaverboard7055152515
ic23b665610415
cixelsyd6651153610
NoMich61565260
rcade615110215
Howard_T56515250
holden564610315
tahoemoj564610265
bender524210115
jagsnumberone46460250
cl46460210
tommytrump453510205
MeatSaber43385180
grum@work36360165
hincandenza36315210
billsaysthis2116500

Pick the winner and the game's spread. Locks are unlimited.

Also choose these four props for five points each:

1. Quarterback with most passing yards

2. Player with most rushing yards

3. Player with most receiving yards

4. Player with an interception.

There will be 10 props for the Super Bowl.

posted by rcade at 03:08 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Blue Jays are wearing red home uniforms on Sundays this year.

Color me appalled.

posted by rcade at 02:55 PM on January 20

Baggy, The Rock, and Pudge make the cut.

A fond farewell to Tim Wakefield as a Hall of Fame possibility. Wakefield's knuckler was a thing of hideous beauty. He was a great inning eater on some big playoff runs.

posted by rcade at 03:20 PM on January 19

SI: ESPN Talkers Mike & Mike Are Breaking Up

She had a couple local shows in Tampa for a while. She may be retired now at 68 (or thereabouts).

Grantland interviewed her in 2012 and she was remarkably terse about any personal question.

posted by rcade at 09:05 AM on January 19

SI: ESPN Talkers Mike & Mike Are Breaking Up

Mike and Mike go back to the era when I was listening to sports radio all the time. Bob Kemp in the middle of the night on One on One Sports, Fabulous Sports Babe for a while in Denver and the ESPN NFL Sunday night crew of Tony Bruno, Chuck Wilson and a third host (Keith Olbermann? Dan Patrick?). I think I enjoyed that show as much as the games.

These days it seems like slim pickings on the national networks, even though there are more of them. When I tune in to something, it's usually the local station where we lament the Jaguars or TalkSport in England talking soccer.

posted by rcade at 08:25 AM on January 19

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: No Rivals Edition

Houston by 15 <-- dunk
Golden State by 10 <-- dunk
New York by 7
Los Angeles Clippers by 6
Golden State by 4
Indiana by 10
Cleveland by 9

It's OK to make changes to picks. My software handles that well.

posted by rcade at 05:44 PM on January 18

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: No Rivals Edition

Utah's walloping of Detroit has been corrected. Neither of these mistakes affected the standings. We all picked Utah and only Ufez picked Cleveland over Golden State.

But NoMich does go from 1 to 21 points for the week, which has to be less of a nut punch.

I need an XML feed of NBA scores.

posted by rcade at 08:14 PM on January 17

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

There should be a blog devoted to broken promises by college coaches. Let every recruit know whether the word of a particular coach is any good.

posted by rcade at 03:47 PM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Dallas sports radio Bob Sturm is driving himself mad with the same kind of question as it applies to Dallas/Green Bay.

posted by rcade at 02:42 PM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Bell had gains of 6, 11 and 8 yards on that opening drive. They had second and goal at the 5, not the 2 as I thought, and tried two passes.

The other drive followed a Steelers interception and was first and goal at the 5. Roethlisberger tried to force a pass in to Antonio Brown and it was tipped and intercepted.

I find it strange how many teams think pass before run close to goal. I know this is a pass-crazy league and some receivers play extremely big on short-yardage throws -- Dez Bryant and Brown come to mind -- but if you have an otherworldly runner like Bell or David Johnson and a good line, isn't a handoff usually the smart play on first and second down?

posted by rcade at 01:08 PM on January 17

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

If the point of the athletic scholarship was to get a college education, then it really shouldn't matter whether the offer is from an FCS school.

That kind of thinking goes both ways. UConn dropped him for athletic considerations. Both sides have more than an education in mind.

What sucks about this situation is that there's nothing a student athlete can do to avoid it. Anyone dropped in the final weeks is going to find greatly reduced opportunities elsewhere. Schools will not have many offers left.

A UConn coach was still talking to him about his scholarship three days before the offer was withdrawn. They really strung this kid along.

posted by rcade at 01:02 PM on January 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: No Rivals Edition

Fixed. What a massacre.

posted by rcade at 11:10 AM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

The Chiefs couldn't stop Bell, Tahoemoj. Pittsburgh was inside the 2. I don't understand why coaches pass so often in that situation, particularly on first or second down.

posted by rcade at 07:08 AM on January 17

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

If Mike Tomlin hands the ball to Bell near the end zone on the first drive and the one where Roethlisberger threw a tipped pick, the game doesn't come down to the final minutes.

posted by rcade at 02:35 PM on January 16

Packers Hold Off Cowboys in Thriller, Advance to NFC Championship

It's a shame Dallas gave up that down by spiking it with 55 seconds left. You don't let Rodgers back on the field.

posted by rcade at 12:30 PM on January 16

Steelers Kick 6 Field Goals, Advance to AFC Championship

Travis Kelce is claiming that James Harrison took a dive on that two-point play where holding was called. I don't think it was even a close call. It was a takedown.

posted by rcade at 12:19 AM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Hey rcade - fwiw, you got my GB lock in but appear to have missed Pittsburgh.

Fixed.

posted by rcade at 03:07 PM on January 15

Patriots Set Record with 6th Straight AFC Championship Trip

How an NFL quarterback can have such a terrible throwing motion is beyond me.

In Jacksonville we dream of a quarterback with a throwing motion as good as that.

posted by rcade at 09:56 AM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Scores don't reflect the bonuses yet.

posted by rcade at 05:24 PM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Atlanta by 7

New England by 17 <-- lock

Kansas City by 3

Dallas by 6

Passer: Brady

Rusher: Bell

Receiver: Julio

Sack: Flowers

posted by rcade at 08:55 AM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Wild card round props

1. Most passing yards: Aaron Rodgers, 362 (tommytrump, Ufez Jones, rumple, ic23b, NoMich, tron7, hincandenza, MeatSaber)

2. Most rushing yards: Le'Veon Bell, 167 (bender, tahoemoj, rumple, billsaysthis, cixelsyd, holden, tron7, Howard_T, rcade)

3. Most receiving yards: Davante Adams, 125 (tron7)

4. Players with an interception: Houston: Moore, Bouye, Clowney; Miami: Thomas, Howard; Pittsburgh: Shazier; Green Bay: Randall

Standings

PlayerPicksPropsTotal
tron7301545
rumple291039
Ufez Jones31536
bender31536
NoMich30535
rcade30535
Howard_T26531
beaverboard30030
cl25025
MeatSaber20525
tahoemoj20525
jagsnumberone21021
billsaysthis16521
grum@work20020
tommytrump15520
ic23b15520
holden15520
cixelsyd15520
hincandenza10515

Pick the winner and the game's spread. Locks are unlimited.

Also choose these four props for five points each:

1. Quarterback with most passing yards

2. Player with most rushing yards

3. Player with most receiving yards

4. Player with a sack or partial sack

posted by rcade at 03:11 PM on January 13

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

I would expect quite a few Chargers fans to keep their allegiance, at least for a while. A lot depends on what the local sports media does with the team being in L.A. Do they keep covering the beat and make it seem, to the TV news viewer and sports radio listener, as if they never left?

Living in Jacksonville I've shifted quite a bit of my attention from the Cowboys to the Jaguars. One thing I like about following a team is the saturation coverage. The team being talked about all the time gets in your DNA.

When I left Dallas in the 1990s I did all kinds of stuff to stay plugged in. I subscribed to a fax newsletter with daily Cowboys news, then was a regular listener of Dallas sports radio once that hit the web. My sports brain was still a resident of Dallas.

But as the years passed, I was reprogrammed by the sad sack Jaguars and all the miserable talk here about the only major sports team Jacksonville will ever get. When I drove to Dallas a few months ago, I had Apple CarPlay and Tune In Radio so I could hear sports talk from either Dallas or Jacksonville. I chose the latter.

Chargers fans could tell themselves their team is still close and might flop in L.A. and come back.

posted by rcade at 12:50 PM on January 12

Surprising almost no one, the Chargers decide to move to LA.

The first Rams season back in Los Angeles had some ratings and attendance woes. I am a bit skeptical that two teams can succeed there, but the San Diego fan base is close enough for some of the diehards to make the trek on a regular basis.

posted by rcade at 12:09 PM on January 12

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I hate penalties. I sometimes entertain the idea that shots on goal should be tracked on the scoreboard and be a tiebreaker.

posted by rcade at 12:07 PM on January 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Unexcused Absence Edition

Boston by 12 <-- dunk
Cleveland by 9
New York by 4
Golden State by 18 <-- dunk
Atlanta by 8
Utah by 11
Chicago by 4
Golden State by 6
Los Angeles Clippers by 8

posted by rcade at 03:00 PM on January 11