Donaldson was allegedly mad at being quick-pitched. I did not know there was an etiquette that required a pitcher to delay when throwing to a batter in the box. But I'd think Donaldson hitting the pitch 500 feet might mitigate the offense.
posted by rcade at 08:28 PM on October 09
Rangers don't need Beltre. They've got post-season all-stars I've never heard of and pitchers who shut out the Jays for nine straight innings.
I feel like it's not over, though. Toronto's bats still have an explosion in them.
I couldn't figure out the bench-clearing incident. Surely the pitcher wasn't mad Donaldson was staying in the box to see a foul ball go foul.
Bob Costas called the game. I get nostalgic for any announcer who's been around the game for a long time, but for some reason Costas is immune to this effect. It's not that I dislike him, necessarily, but I feel no affection.
posted by rcade at 07:11 PM on October 09
Gene Frenette offers this funny detail in a remembrance of Infante:
In a 2010 interview with the Times-Union, he kiddingly called himself "The Before Coach" because he was fired by the Packers two months before they traded for Brett Favre, then fired by the Colts three months before they drafted Peyton Manning.
"My career might have taken on 15 more years of longevity had either one of those worked out," Infante said.
"My career might have taken on 15 more years of longevity had either one of those worked out," Infante said.
posted by rcade at 12:19 PM on October 09
Brian Hoyer's life skills notebook has a new entry:
"Do NOT throw a soft arching lob deep over the middle and hope for the best."
posted by rcade at 09:20 AM on October 09
Clip the blue wire, Goyoucolts! There's still time.
posted by rcade at 08:07 PM on October 08
The Rangers are scrappy, but I don't like their chances to get far in the postseason without Adrian Beltre.
posted by rcade at 07:55 PM on October 08
Houston by 6
posted by rcade at 05:22 PM on October 08
Former Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Bulls coach Lindy Infante has died. He lived near me on Crescent Beach in this sweet beach house for many years. I never met him, but his son and grandchildren lived in my neighborhood and I saw them often. One of those kids scared the hell out of me once by darting in front of my car as I was driving when he was a toddler.
Condolences to his family.
posted by rcade at 04:43 PM on October 08
First, I think I should have two more points from last week (spread in Seattle's win- I had them by 4, it was 3--should fit margin of error, but I could be wrong. Same with Chicago's win-I had them by 3, it was 2)
It looks like I misinterpreted the ChicoBangs rule on margins. I thought an actual margin like 2 only awarded on a margin from 2 to 2 (2 * .03 = 0.6, which rounds down to 0.0). But I see a 2-point game here with a margin from 1 to 3, so it isn't always rounding down. It goes to the closest decimal.
I'll correct the error and rerun weeks 1-4. This should have a big impact on scores.
posted by rcade at 10:15 AM on October 08
The little kid mimicking every pitch behind home plate for the Pirates is going to be an Internet legend.
posted by rcade at 10:32 PM on October 07
I missed this when it happened in September. Patrick Kane said, "I will be absolved of having done nothing wrong."
posted by rcade at 09:11 PM on October 07
SportsFilter is holding an NFL Pick 'Em contest with a first prize of an NFL Official Game Ball.
Holden takes over first place, tying for the week's best score of 20 with Owlhouse. Holden gets a nine-point play by hitting the spread on a stone cold lead pipe lock, Green Bay by 14. The lockless Owlhouse scores 9 by nailing the spread on all three teams that win by 14: Green Bay, New York Giants and Carolina.
Tommytrump also picks the spread right on a Green Bay lock and scores 9. Only one lock breaks: Ic23b on Arizona. These players also get 3 points for hitting the winner and spread: Green Bay by 14 (rumple, rcade), New Orleans by 6 (ying yang mafia, jagsnumberone), Baltimore by 3 (ic23b, rcade), Washington by 3 (ic23b), San Diego by 3 (grum@work) and St. Louis by 2 (jjzucal).
Welcome our new player, LittleLebowski!
Week 4 Results
Baltimore by 3 over Pittsburgh
New York Jets by 13 over Miami
Atlanta by 27 over Houston
New York Giants by 14 over Buffalo
Chicago by 2 over Oakland
Cincinnati by 15 over Kansas City
Indianapolis by 3 over Jacksonville
Carolina by 14 over Tampa Bay
Washington by 3 over Philadelphia
San Diego by 3 over Cleveland
Denver by 3 over Minnesota
St. Louis by 2 over Arizona
Green Bay by 14 over San Francisco
New Orleans by 6 over Dallas
Seattle by 3 over Detroit
This Week's Games
Indianapolis at Houston
Washington at Atlanta
Seattle at Cincinnati
St. Louis at Green Bay
Buffalo at Tennessee
Chicago at Kansas City
New Orleans at Philadelphia
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay
Cleveland at Baltimore
Arizona at Detroit
New England at Dallas
Denver at Oakland
San Francisco at New York Giants
Pittsburgh at San Diego
Byes: Miami, New York Jets, Carolina, Minnesota
Make your picks and a spread for this week's games to score 1-3 points. Pick one game as a stone cold lead pipe lock (optional) and triple your score in victory or lose 3 points in defeat. Full contest rules here.
Check your score last week on the results spreadsheet at Google Docs.
posted by rcade at 03:37 PM on October 07
I added the video to your comment, Tron7, because I searched for your reference. How have I not seen The Big Lebowski?
posted by rcade at 12:43 PM on October 07
One thing I've wanted as a Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars fan is to know when they're on nationally. There was a list on either ESPN or MLB.Com I used to check, but I can't recall where it could be found.
posted by rcade at 10:15 AM on October 07
When the Lions lost a game in 2010 because Calvin Johnson intentionally put the ball on the ground after a touchdown catch and it was called incomplete, the defenders of the call said that the rule sucked but he broke it.
Doesn't that apply here? Unlike that situation, this one is pretty cut and dried. The player intentionally batted the fumbled ball after it hit the ground.
Rules in sports should be enforced. If the rule is bad, get rid of it later. If we let the refs decide whether a rule is too obscure to enforce, that's an arbitrary standard no fan would accept against their team.
posted by rcade at 08:58 AM on October 07
How are the Lions undeserving of a bail out in that situation? They had the Seahawks on the ropes and the ball at the 1. They were playing well enough to deserve the upset.
If Kam Chancellor intercepted a pass to end the Lions drive, but it was called back because someone else committed defensive holding, no one would call that an undeserved outcome.
Why would it be undeserved if another Chancellor-forced turnover was called back by a batted-ball penalty?
posted by rcade at 09:38 PM on October 06
The goal is to add a sidebar that lists the day's sporting events for the teams you follow.
I've never found a good source for sports on TV that doesn't overwhelm me with events. I usually count on my DVR to automatically record the teams I follow closest. I also check SoccerAmerica for a listing of each day's soccer matches.
posted by rcade at 08:04 PM on October 06
It's not that obscure. ESPN and NFL Network both were talking about it within minutes of the game's end.
posted by rcade at 07:59 PM on October 06
Ottawa by 7
Hamilton by 9
Calgary by 3
British Columbia by 12
Montreal by 10
posted by rcade at 02:44 PM on October 06
The refs missed a call, but how many times do they make that call? I can't remember it ever happening.
I guess defensive players need to learn how to pantomime recovery attempts that knock the ball out coincidentally.
posted by rcade at 11:55 AM on October 06
My Seattle lock wasn't looking too good with Megatron on the half-yard line extending for the end zone.
posted by rcade at 11:22 PM on October 05
There was a nice confluence of 3s and 13s in the Cleveland/San Diego game.
posted by rcade at 09:17 PM on October 05
I used my triple captain this weekend on Dimitri Payet against Sunderland, so I ended up with 30. I thought that was good until I saw what Sergio Aguero did. I dropped further into mid-table obscurity.
posted by rcade at 10:42 AM on October 05
How do you feel about Chris Sale breaking your 107-year-old Chicago White Sox record for strikeouts in a season, Ed Walsh?
posted by rcade at 12:27 AM on October 03
It's amazing how long Slimy Sepp is trying to hold on. Is he running a document-shredding operation that takes six months to complete?
I feel like writing Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa to see how they feel about Roger Goodell.
posted by rcade at 09:09 PM on October 02
A fund-raising effort to get Steve Bartman to a Cubs playoff game has been dropped after Bartman cut it off.
posted by rcade at 07:58 PM on October 02
I can't agree with you on this, Grum. The number of selfies those sorority members were taking with their food was eminently mockable and the announcers were not unkind. They sounded like exasperated dads of selfie generation kids.
Also, it looks like those women are taking the selfie photos in between innings.
Nope. A player got a hit and an announcer quipped, "Nobody noticed!"
posted by rcade at 07:03 PM on October 02
After this weekend there's another international break from Oct. 5-13.
posted by rcade at 12:30 PM on October 02
(I could just ignore second comments from the same user).
Some users pick Thursday's game and then post the rest later.
The Java code I've written to keep score doesn't try to figure out user entries yet, except for normalizing all team names when it knows other forms of the name. I clean up the pick input data manually for now.
posted by rcade at 08:35 PM on October 01
Baltimore by 3
New York Jets by 8
Atlanta by 7
Buffalo by 6
Oakland by 3
Cincinnati by 6
Jacksonville by 6
Carolina by 7
Philadelphia by 4
San Diego by 10
Denver by 4
Arizona by 13
Green Bay by 14
Dallas by 3
Seattle by 11 <-- June Lockhart in Meet Me in St. Lockis
posted by rcade at 06:39 PM on October 01
Calgary by 4
Edmonton by 7
B.C. by 10
posted by rcade at 06:20 PM on October 01
Having new players jump on board is great, Lebowski. I'll add an average weekly score to the standings so you can see where you rank. Welcome!
Yerfatma: It's cool you're throwing some code at this. I'll be running that when I get a chance. Are you going to post the output here?
posted by rcade at 01:51 PM on October 01
NoMich takes sole possession of first place. Ufez Jones jumps from 12th all the way up to third, earning 6 on the lock and getting 13 of 16 games correct. Goyocolts climbs from 21st to 6th with the week's best score of 24 (15 of 16 right). Tron7 declares "I am really quite bad at this," then puts up 22 points.
This was a much better week for our prognosticative reputations. No one broke their stone cold lead pipe locks by picking Seattle, Green Bay, New England and Pittsburgh. Players nailed Green Bay by 10 (cixelsyd, goyoucolts, jjzucal, rcade, tron7), Oakland by 7 (tommytrump, grum@work, ufez jones), Atlanta by 11 (forrestv), Carolina by 6 (goyoucolts), New York Giants by 11 (bender), Philadelphia by 7 (holden) and Pittsburgh by 6 (tron7).
Week 3 Results
New York Giants by 11 over Washington
Oakland by 7 over Cleveland
Atlanta by 11 over Dallas
Indianapolis by 2 over Tennessee
Pittsburgh by 6 over St. Louis
Minnesota by 17 over San Diego
New England by 34 over Jacksonville
Philadelphia by 7 over New York Jets
Carolina by 6 over New Orleans
Cincinnati by 4 over Baltimore
Houston by 10 over Tampa Bay
Arizona by 40 over San Francisco
Buffalo by 27 over Miami
Seattle by 26 over Chicago
Denver by 12 over Detroit
Green Bay by 10 over Kansas City
Baltimore at Pittsburgh
New York Jets at Miami
Houston at Atlanta
New York Giants at Buffalo
Oakland at Chicago
Kansas City at Cincinnati
Jacksonville at Indianapolis
Carolina at Tampa Bay
Philadelphia at Washington
Cleveland at San Diego
Minnesota at Denver
St. Louis at Arizona
Green Bay at San Francisco
Dallas at New Orleans
Detroit at Seattle
Byes: New England, Tennessee
Make your picks and a spread for this week's games to score 1-3 points. Pick one game as a stone cold lead pipe lock and triple your score in victory or lose 3 points in defeat. Full contest rules here.
posted by rcade at 02:38 PM on September 30
posted by rcade at 11:39 PM on September 28
On MNF tonight, Mike Tirico said Aaron Rodgers had a chip on his shoulder for being drafted 24th overall in 2005 after Alex Smith went first overall. Tirico said Rodgers should have been "top of that draft, if not higher."
There's a Preposterous Statements tournament on Twitter someone just entered Tirico's comment in.
posted by rcade at 11:28 PM on September 28
Williams admitting that he didn't know the fight had occurred is amazing. How could you miss your closer choking your star player in the dugout during a game?
posted by rcade at 10:00 PM on September 28
I just finished watching. Is it normal for a team to be as bad at line-outs as the U.S. was? That play looks a bit like a Busby Berkeley musical number to me, but the U.S. version was set to the Benny Hill theme.
posted by rcade at 01:52 PM on September 28
I didn't know this: The New York Jets have never beaten the Philadelphia Eagles.
posted by rcade at 08:47 PM on September 27
The College Football Belt was almost lost today by TCU, but a last-second tipped pass touchdown saved the Horned Frogs in a 55-52 win over Texas Tech.
posted by rcade at 12:33 AM on September 27
I've edited the post. I'm amazed that the media could watch the MLB standings so obsessively in September and miss this -- particularly all the beat reporters in Toronto.
posted by rcade at 12:17 AM on September 27
Here comes England-Wales!
posted by rcade at 02:16 PM on September 26
Cool. You can now add to my long nightmare.
I have finished fifth -- just out of the playoffs -- two seasons in a row. In 2014, in the last period of the last game of the regular season, all I needed was one Henrik Sedin shot to make the playoffs.
Sedin juked the goalie out of his shorts and took a shot at the suddenly empty net. A defender materialized to block it.
I learned that day a shot on goal isn't a shot on goal if it's blocked by a defender instead of a goalie.
posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on September 26
Here's another media report catching up to this news.
How did you figure this out, Grum?
posted by rcade at 11:30 AM on September 26
Epic grab. I love the pitcher's reaction.
posted by rcade at 11:50 PM on September 25
The NFL asked the courts for an expedited appeal today.
posted by rcade at 10:58 PM on September 25
Calgary by 14
Edmonton by 18
Ottawa by 4 <-- Canadian cold lead pipe lock
Montreal by 3
posted by rcade at 06:53 PM on September 25
I want to see Blatter in prison, and I want it to be in Qatar in the summer.
posted by rcade at 03:35 PM on September 25
A question for owners this week: How often do you make extra transfers that deduct from your point total?
A few years ago I kept an eye on what our first place owner was doing that was outplaying me so consistently. The biggest difference I saw was that he made two and sometimes three moves each week. This cost him points but he'd consistently win them back with better results from his new signings.
I've still never managed to try that except in total desperation. Points feel so hard-earned I can't bring myself to give any up.
posted by rcade at 03:34 PM on September 25
I'm now picking Carolina by 10 over the Saints.
posted by rcade at 03:02 PM on September 25
Nobody puts Brady in a corner.
posted by rcade at 02:38 PM on September 25
The Cincy Bulljags have become our eighth team. Welcome!
posted by rcade at 12:40 PM on September 25
It sounds to me like the visiting fan took the taunting too far in his alcohol-enhanced state and found a fellow idiot.
But there's no justification for fan violence, and that kind of thing drives a lot of people away from attending sporting events -- particularly families with kids. Keep them home and the kids may never develop the expensive habit of going to games.
One time when my sons were young I took them to a Jaguars game where a fight broke out a few rows in front of us. One drunk Chiefs fan decided to mouth off to a bunch of Jags fans. I told my boys, "if you ever in your life get into a fight over something as meaningless as a football game, your father will be deeply ashamed."
posted by rcade at 12:28 PM on September 25
The Sun Devils mascot jumps on a city councilman's back, then learns he's recovering from back surgery.
posted by rcade at 08:23 PM on September 24
Our name is a tribute to this moment in NHL history.
posted by rcade at 05:51 PM on September 24
New York Giants by 7
San Diego by 4
Houston by 6
New York Jets by 3
Carolina by 10
New England by 11
Baltimore by 7
Cleveland by 6
Indianapolis by 10
Arizona by 7
Seattle by 17 <-- Lock ness monster
Miami by 3
Denver by 8
Green Bay by 10
Atlanta by 4
St. Louis by 1
posted by rcade at 08:39 PM on September 23
Results are updated. Scores for this week and last include the +1 score for getting the spread right and the team wrong.
posted by rcade at 05:56 PM on September 23
posted by rcade at 02:29 PM on September 23
I made last week my bitch. I wish all games were RedBlacks games. I'd still be losing to Jags, but it would be competitive.
posted by rcade at 01:33 PM on September 23
Scores will be updated today. I want to do some more testing to make sure scores are correct before I post them.
posted by rcade at 01:31 PM on September 23
Holden climbs into a tie for the lead with NoMich. Welcome to our new player, Irish627!
A significant downturn this week, as 15 players score fewer than 10 points. Ying Yang Mafia and Owlhouse post the week's best score of 13. Players nailed Cincinnati by 5 (nomich, ying yang mafia, cixelsyd), Carolina by 7 (owlhouse, holden, bender), Green Bay by 10 (rcade, holden, howard_t), Jacksonville by 3 (rumple) and Atlanta by 4 (tommytrump, ying yang mafia).
Out of 21 players who chose stone cold lead pipe locks, 16 lost. They selected New Orleans (ufez jones, jagsnumberone, ic23b, tron7, holden), Baltimore (nomich, cixelsyd, rcade, tahoemoj), St. Louis (yerfatma, howard_t, goyoucolts), Indianapolis (rumple, irish627, bender) and Miami (jjzucal). The only ones who hit their locks picked New England (tommytrump, ying yang mafia, billsaysthis), Pittsburgh (grum@work) and Green Bay (goddam).
Week 2 Results
Denver by 7 over Kansas City
New England by 8 over Buffalo
Arizona by 25 over Chicago
Cincinnati by 5 over San Diego
Cleveland by 14 over Tennessee
Minnesota by 10 over Detroit
Tampa Bay by 7 over New Orleans
Atlanta by 4 over New York Giants
Pittsburgh by 25 over San Francisco
Washington by 14 over St. Louis
Carolina by 7 over Houston
Oakland by 4 over Baltimore
Jacksonville by 3 over Miami
Dallas by 10 over Philadelphia
Green Bay by 10 over Seattle
New York Jets by 13 over Indianapolis
Washington at New York Giants
Oakland at Cleveland
Atlanta at Dallas
Indianapolis at Tennessee
Pittsburgh at St. Louis
San Diego at Minnesota
Jacksonville at New England
Philadelphia at New York Jets
New Orleans at Carolina
Cincinnati at Baltimore
Tampa Bay at Houston
San Francisco at Arizona
Buffalo at Miami
Chicago at Seattle
Denver at Detroit
Kansas City at Green Bay
posted by rcade at 01:29 PM on September 23
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