Lightning in 6
Capitals in 6
Stars in 7
Sharks in 5
Power play: Stars
Goals per game: Capitals
posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on April 27
Billsaysthis, Jagsnumberone: Your email addresses here bounce.
posted by rcade at 09:40 AM on April 27
NHL, NFL, same thing right?
posted by rcade at 09:18 AM on April 27
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
Round 1 Results
Stars in 6
Blues in 7
Islanders in 6
Lightning in 5
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
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
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.
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.
posted by rcade at 03:27 PM on April 25
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
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
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
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
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
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
That Leicester/West Ham game was incredible.
posted by rcade at 07:31 PM on April 17
+1 Beaverboard. You did that in a room full of knives?
posted by rcade at 10:22 AM on April 16
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
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
This seems like too much. Five picks in the first three rounds is enormous value to be losing. I'm reminded of Mike Ditka trading an entire draft for Ricky Williams, a move so bad it should have erased his entire legacy of success with the Bears.
posted by rcade at 11:37 PM on April 14
Flea's anthem was weird, but I liked it. Rock and roll will never die.
posted by rcade at 05:43 PM on April 14
That was fun. I didn't expect Kobe to add another game to the highlight reel. It was cool to see Staples filled with celebrities and the crowd going crazy like Showtime was back.
posted by rcade at 09:48 AM on April 14
Thanks, Better Trump!
posted by rcade at 10:45 PM on April 13
Lightning in 7
Rangers in 7
Blackhawks in 6
Panthers in 6
Stars in 5
Capitals in 4
Sharks in 7
Ducks in 5
posted by rcade at 05:09 PM on April 13
Don't forget to pick two scorers -- one from the East and one from the West.
posted by rcade at 04:53 PM on April 12
San Antonio by 7
San Antonio by 7 (will keep picking this until it happens)
Memphis by 12
L.A. Lakers by 24 <-- slam dunk
posted by rcade at 06:07 PM on April 10
I wanted the NBA contest to go out on a high note, so I added some games. Next year's Pace Mannion will be administered by software. Manually doing the results each week did me in when my work responsibilities changed.
The Detroit at Miami picks have already been made, of course, so this thread's predictions should begin with tonight's NBA TV game between Golden State and San Antonio.
If you have any suggestions for rule changes, let me know. One I favor is 3 points when you hit a game exactly and 2 if you're close. I'm also contemplating whether the close-enough range should max out at X points in either direction. It seems a little silly to me that a 30-point blowout can award from 21 to 39.
posted by rcade at 11:50 AM on April 10
In the final week, Howard_T is a slam dunk to get the ABA basketball. I win the week (huzzah! huzzah!). Only Ufez misses a slam dunk with Boston's upset over Golden State. Howard_T celebrates his 75th birthday by NOT picking Boston to win on their biggest win of the season. Happy birthday!
Pick the winner and spread for each game. Score 5 points if the team wins, 3 more points if your spread is close and another 2 if you hit the spread exactly.
At your option, make one game a slam dunk to triple your score in victory or lose 5 points in defeat.
Read the detailed rules on the first week's post.
If SportsFilter is down and you need to submit your picks, you can send them in email to me.
This Week's Games
Six national games this week, supplemented by three NBA TV games to end the contest with a bigger week. The top two teams in the West meet Sunday night. Cleveland hosts fellow division leader Atlanta. Oklahoma City and San Antonio meet as both teams are struggling a bit. 42-win Memphis gets two tough road games on back-to-back nights. Kobe Bryant's farewell tour has one final stop on national TV.
posted by rcade at 11:42 AM on April 10
That's an amazing accomplishment. I'd say it was Ripkenesque, but I feel like it's probably more appropriate to call Ripken Fergusonesque.
posted by rcade at 11:43 AM on April 08
Miami by 6
Golden State by 20
posted by rcade at 07:04 PM on April 05
My stats post is running late. Please pick Detroit at Miami (8 p.m. EDT, TNT) and Minnesota at Golden State (10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT) in this discussion.
posted by rcade at 06:48 PM on April 05
Nice blog. Bring Your Champions, They're Our Meat is the oddest blog name I've heard in a while.
I am troubled by the idea the Cubs are favorites. It feels like one of those science fiction novels about an alternate universe where the laws of physics are different but all the alien women are still hot.
posted by rcade at 05:32 PM on April 05
Maybe tonight's NCAA title game will be a close game for a change.
I think you got your wish.
I really liked how the final shot was handled afterwards, with all that slo-mo video of the shot and the aftermath as the streamers were cascading down. It felt like a Sports Illustrated photo essay from my 1970s youth in video form.
posted by rcade at 08:57 AM on April 05
You can't compare it to Freese unless there's a Nelson Cruz out there jumping too early and sticking his arm towards the ball like a T Rex.
posted by rcade at 06:17 PM on April 03
Good point. Today is peak optimism.
posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on April 03
Machado getting a 30% shot to do 40/40 is optimistic. My pick is Charlie Blackmon (17/43) last season. The homers are the bigger challenge and that Rocky Mountain inflation could take hold. But I'd only put the chance at 10%.
posted by rcade at 12:43 PM on April 03
Hockey fights were a blast when I was beginning to be an NHL fan in the 1990s. It kept me from watching games with my young sons, but I personally loved them.
It was foolish of me to think that regular violence is a cartoon free of consequences because it happens on skates in front of thousands of fans.
Some of the tales of the enforcers' lives are harrowing.
posted by rcade at 09:44 AM on March 30
Houston by 8
Golden State by 22 <-- slam dunk
Houston by 7
posted by rcade at 06:43 PM on March 29
Howard wins a week of prognosticative carnage. His 66-point lead looks nigh unassailable at this point, but the battle for third place is a barnburner.
Seven games this week. Two national games for Golden State as the Warriors try to reach 73 wins and set an NBA record. No stops on the Kobe Bryant farwell tour. Three (!) games for the Rockets.
posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on March 29
If a fly ball goes under the padding of the outfield fence, don't touch it. Even if you can reach it easily. Wave an umpire over in case it might be a ground rule double.
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posted by rcade at 07:14 PM on March 25
There was just an epic racquet break by Sam Groth at the Miami Open on Tennis Channel. Players should auction them for charity so the racquet's sacrifice was not in vain.
posted by rcade at 12:08 PM on March 25
Huh. I just now noticed that yesterday's huddle no longer exists. Bring it back, cadey!
I see no evidence yesterday had a huddle. Do you remember one having comments?
posted by rcade at 05:42 PM on March 24
Helmet removal isn't a personal foul. It's unsportsmanlike conduct.
posted by rcade at 03:19 PM on March 23
I only want this new rule if refs get yellow and red cards to flourish after an ejectable foul.
posted by rcade at 01:13 PM on March 23
As we talk about the length of a sport, isn't there an argument to be made today that shorter is better? This is a short attention span world. I feel like younger sports fans have less patience for events that take three hours or longer than I did back when I became a nerd for sport.
You can watch a soccer match and be done in two hours. A baseball game could be a five hour commitment. Which one is more compatible with modern sensibilities?
posted by rcade at 12:14 PM on March 23
Would you pay equal amounts for a tournament pass if you were expected to see 3 rounds of the tournament, or 5 rounds of the tournament?
Fans pay equal amounts for court tickets at Wimbledon whether men or women are playing.
Women are the weaker sex!
The issue here is whether women's tennis is a weaker sport, not whether women are physically less strong than men. Fans of tennis have supported equal prize pay going back to the 1970s, so evidently we are perfectly fine with the present situation. Tennis has exploded in popularity since then for men and women alike.
Physical conditioning has greatly improved as well. There are plenty of women's players who would excel at five sets. Serena Williams and Aga Radwanska immediately come to mind. Radwanska is a fearsome opponent the longer a match goes, because she has phenomenal endurance and rarely appears tired. It leads her opponents to more mistakes.
In any case if the women's tour wanted to go to best of five sets surely there would need to be a transition since the current players have a trained to use their energy up in a shorter span.
I don't think a long transition would be required, since there are only four majors a year and that's where a call to play to five sets is likely to be manifested. It would hurt tournaments before and after a major some, because players would skip more of those events.
But there's probably more of a push to make men play best-of-two at majors than women to play best-of-three.
Billie Jean King: "I don't want the boys playing three out of five. It's too much. ... Playing two-of-three [set] matches will lengthen careers, especially for the guys. The guys are so unbelievably fit -- Djokovic and Nadal in the Australian, they were totally spent. You play a couple matches like that, it takes years off your career. You only have so many miles in your legs."
posted by rcade at 12:08 PM on March 23
Players already get paid more if they win playoff games.
I know they do, but it's not enough money to be a motivator except for the players at the bottom of the roster.
That's about 69% more.
If men and women play sets in the same amount of time.
Until women are given the option of playing best of five in majors, paying them less isn't very equitable either. If women in the workplace were paid 70% because they only got 70% as many work hours as men, they'd still be economically disadvantaged even with an equal per-hour compensation.
If the goal of a pro sport is to maximize fan satisfaction, basing pay on duration of the event seems arbitrary to me. How big a factor in your personal enjoyment of tennis is the number of sets? Do you like men's tennis 5/3rds as much as women's?
In soccer, is golden goal worse than full overtime periods because it's shorter? I hate seeing an epic match end with the players all gassed and hanging on for PKs.
posted by rcade at 10:08 AM on March 23
As an aside, it's cool to be talking tennis here. I've been using Tennis Channel as background while I work lately when I reach my limit of mentions of the name Trump on news channels. So I'm watching a lot of tennis.
posted by rcade at 09:00 AM on March 23
Being a higher draw usually equates to skill level (although not 100% of the time).
I would like that as a tennis fan, because some great players don't get the following they deserve, but fans don't always fall in love with the talented but not particularly charismatic grinder.
Eugenie Bouchard's one of the top draws in the women's game and she's ranked 45 now (7 in 2014). She's a good player with a lot of upside at 22, but I think it's fair to say that her following is ahead of her on-court success because she's considered one of the most marketable athletes in the world. There are always examples like that in individual sports -- Tiger's more marketable as a struggling duffer than most current tournament winners -- but I love sports where income is based on victories.
I wish we could have more of that in team sports, like putting the equivalent of 10% of total NFL salaries into a pool that's awarded to players based on playoff victories.
posted by rcade at 08:51 AM on March 23
I'm saying each should be paid according to the revenue they generate.
Pro tennis is a weird place to draw a line in the sand. The women are a huge draw. The four majors all embraced equal prizes because they wanted to and the decision has been popular with fans.
I don't see a reason to make gender an issue here. A major is a single event. Men play. Women play. People watch the whole major. I've never heard any tennis fan say they only cared about one gender's matches while watching Wimbledon.
If we're going to divide everything by revenue generated, why stop at gender? Serena Williams is a much bigger ratings draw than anybody else on her tour. Shouldn't her first place take be higher than someone like Victoria Azarenka or Simona Halep?
posted by rcade at 11:00 PM on March 22
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posted by rcade at 10:51 PM on March 22
This doesn't mean they should be paid the same.
They don't charge more for tickets at Wimbledon to see the men than they do the women.
The TV rights for Wimbledon are not split into a men's share and a women's share.
On what specific grounds should men be paid more for that tournament?
I'm not sure this is true.
Do you believe that 50 years ago, men's sports and women's sports both had equal opportunity to develop pros, find a TV audience and get attention from the sports media?
posted by rcade at 03:27 PM on March 22
I don't really know the breakdown as far as tennis goes, but if it is correct that more people watch the man's game than the women's game, how can you justify equal pay.
It grows the sport. Tennis has a chance to become as popular a spectator sport when women play as men. The gap is smaller than in other sports. The women's final got higher ratings in the U.S. Open in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the women's final at the same event sold out faster than the men's. In 2005, the women's Wimbledon final drew one million more viewers than the men's.
Having majors where the payouts are the same is a positive for tennis. The equity goes all the way back to the U.S. Open beginning that practice in 1973. It's not like the men are hurting -- a payout of $2 million to $4 million per major is pretty nice when you consider John McEnroe's entire career earnings on the court were $12 million.
The lesser popularity of women's sports is a chicken and egg situation. The women got less coverage, their sport was less popular, so they got less coverage. But as we've seen in USWNT soccer, the media-fan support feedback loop can do the opposite. Millions of American fans love that sport today. I've taken my son to USMNT and USWNT games in Jacksonville and the atmosphere and excitement are the same.
There's nothing intrinsic about women's tennis that makes it inferior. I'd argue at the present the sport is more exciting to watch when women play singles. There are more volleys, creative shot placement and mad scrambles. The men's game can be one where they just stand back and bomb.
"[A] BBC analysis of sports that pay prize money, male and female figure skaters and gymnasts earn the same purse for winning world championships. The study also found that of 35 sports that offer prize money to champions, 25 offer the same amount to male and female victors, regardless of which gender attracts more viewers or sponsors." -- 5 Reasons Why Tennis Should Keep Paying Men and Women Equally
posted by rcade at 11:26 AM on March 22
To me, the thing is that a woman is the TV face of a men's sport in the U.S. I can't think of that happening before, though it would depend on what makes someone a face.
Phyllis George anchored NFL Today on CBS with Brent Musberger and Irv Cross in the 1970s. Chris Evert and other female tennis stars have gone on to prominent roles in the broadcast booth for both men's and women's coverage. But the anchor desk on men's sports is still mostly a man's game. Lowe's a trendsetter, and an excellent host on Premier League days.
posted by rcade at 02:34 PM on March 21
I think it would hurt team chemistry to have somebody's kid in the locker room all the time.
Bigger than that, though, is the fact that LaRoche is sacrificing his son's actual education:
"We're not big on school. I told my wife, He's going to learn a lot more useful information in the clubhouse than he will in the classroom, as far as life lessons.' "
If Drake LaRoche is good enough to play pro ball, great. He's totally prepared for that life.
But the odds are not good. So what does he do with his life then?
posted by rcade at 11:37 PM on March 18
Unless there was an error in this NBA schedule since corrected, I misread it today. Harrumph.
We'll stick with Memphis/Houston for the contest, obviously.
posted by rcade at 10:54 PM on March 14
Houston by 8
Cleveland by 10
Oklahoma City by 13
L.A. Clippers by 8
Golden State by 8
posted by rcade at 03:44 PM on March 14
NoMich wins the week. Ufez Jones almost wins it by being the only player who didn't make Golden State a slam dunk over the L.A. Lakers.
Only five games this week. Nice matchups between Warriors/Spurs and Clippers/Rockets.
posted by rcade at 03:35 PM on March 14
NBA Pick 'Em has been delayed this week. A message board I run for my Minecraft programming book was hit with 230,000 spams in one week.
posted by rcade at 06:33 PM on March 10
Manning's the only athlete/host I can recall who was good on SNL and not desperately craning his neck for cue cards the whole time.
Has SI ever been a good website? I can't say I'm surprised it would resort to dumb clickbait.
posted by rcade at 08:35 AM on March 08
MLS is doing a Red Zone-style channel this season, free today on YouTube.
posted by rcade at 02:17 PM on March 06
San Antonio by 13
Oklahoma City by 6
San Antonio by 12
Golden State by 8
Cleveland by 13
Atlanta by 15
Houston by 5
Golden State by 20 -- slam dunk
posted by rcade at 06:20 PM on March 02
McClendon was once fined $250,000 by the NBA for telling the truth. He told a reporter that his group "didn't buy the Seattle SuperSonics to keep them in Seattle."
posted by rcade at 06:13 PM on March 02
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