Recent Comments by NoMich

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

TBL in 6
PIT in 7

STL in 7
SJS in 6

Top goal scorer: Nikita Kucherov (TBL)
Top save percentage: Ben Bishop (TBL)
Top PP percentage: Pittsburgh Penguins
Most goals/game: Tampa Bay Lightning

posted by NoMich at 10:19 AM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm not sure how the Twins/Nats game is crazier than the Pirates(of course! who else could've been involved in this?)/Diamondbacks game. I mean, that's pretty crazy set of instances in the Diamondbacks game.

The 2016 Pirates need a nickname pretty badly. The WTFs. The Is-This-Even-Baseball?. The What-Nexts?.

posted by NoMich at 11:33 AM on April 25

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Wow, that's really cool, but I guess not if you're a Rockies fan.

posted by NoMich at 05:25 PM on April 23

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So, what kinds of stupid bs happened in last night's Pittsburgh/San Diego game?

posted by NoMich at 07:45 AM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Jake freakin Arrieta, man. Another no hitter

posted by NoMich at 10:08 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If have the opportunity to put the Cubs/Reds game on, you should.

posted by NoMich at 09:51 PM on April 21

ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Anti-Transgender Post

Maybe another state needs to invest heavily in a failed computer game?

posted by NoMich at 08:39 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

And of course it would be the same Pirates/Padres series as the other bit o' bizarness.

posted by NoMich at 08:38 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Even without the yelling of the slur from the penalty box, he was being outrageously disrespectful of the on-ice officials by yelling at them and giving them a double-barrelled bird while still on the ice. I know it's bad form to eject someone from a playoff game, but come on man, how can let this player show you up like this on the friggin' ice? Then you throw in the homophobic slur? Yeah, I'm with Ufez on this; the dude should be gone.

posted by NoMich at 01:28 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That's from 2009, bb.

posted by NoMich at 02:59 PM on April 18

LA Rams Trade to Acquire 1st Pick in NFL Draft

You're not now.

posted by NoMich at 09:14 PM on April 15

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms

I'm actually OK with the advertisement as seen in the image in the linked article. The frustrating thing with soccer uniforms is that it's the Herbalifes vs the Fly Emirates. The IPL uniforms are kind of the same situation, but at least the team logos are large enough to read.

posted by NoMich at 06:05 PM on April 15

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

CLE in 4
TOR in 6
CHA in 7
BOS in 7

GSW in 4
SAS in 5
OKC in 5
LAC in 5

Bonus Points:
- What will be the highest single game point total a team reaches in the first round? 122
- What will be the highest single game point total a player will score in the first round? 39

posted by NoMich at 03:15 PM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Probably only #4 since I have the package

posted by NoMich at 06:37 PM on April 13

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now


posted by NoMich at 11:12 AM on April 13

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

WAS in 4
PIT in 6
FLA in 5
TBL in 5
Scorer: S. Crosby (PIT)

DAL in 6
CHI in 7
ANA in 6
LAK in 7
Scorer: P. Kane (CHI)

posted by NoMich at 08:16 AM on April 13

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Final Week

Oh, and big congrats to Howard. Did you really have any competition from any of us beyond the first week? I'm still gunning for third place.

Here are the rest of my picks:

ATL by 8
PHX by 8

SAS by 6
LAC by 8

BOS by 8
GSW by 10
UTA by 6

posted by NoMich at 05:55 PM on April 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Final Week

It seems a little silly to me that a 30-point blowout can award from 21 to 39.

On the face of it, yeah, it seems kinda silly, but it's only nine points in either direction, which for a blow-out in basketball, is not that much. But whatevs, play it how you want. Maybe cap it at six in either direction.

SAS by 4

posted by NoMich at 03:10 PM on April 10

The Indian Premier League returns tomorrow, April 8th.

Well, you could root for one of the new temporary franchises. The Rising Pune Supergiants A) have an awesome name and 2) made short work of the defending champs, Mumbai Indians, today. Pretty damn nice line-up, too.

posted by NoMich at 07:09 PM on April 09

The Indian Premier League returns tomorrow, April 8th.

Nuts. The 9th. I meant tomorrow, April 9th. Administrator, please hope me!

posted by NoMich at 09:07 PM on April 08

When the Nets could have become the Swamp Dragons

Great story, but in the end they did the right thing. I like the Nets name 'cause it rolled off the tongue so well, like a sweet Dr J fingertip roll shot: the New Jersey Nets.

posted by NoMich at 12:58 PM on April 08

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

Fuck by 22
Me by 44444

(both are locks)

posted by NoMich at 08:22 AM on April 06

The Chicago Cubs Will Not Win the World Series

That was a great blog post. Thanks for finding it and sharing, ursus. Entertaining all the way through. The final paragraph is what had my co-workers giving me the side eye, what with the laughter:

Baseball's playoffs are lightning rods for fluky horseshit. The Royals won the World Series partly by turning themselves into an engine of chaos, slapping the ball all over the field and daring the Mets not to do the single dumbest thing possible at any given time, and the strategy worked. Should the Cubs make the playoffs, they could avoid insane pratfalls. Or they could well fall victim to a gaffe currently outside of the realm of baseball possibility by running the bases backwards or having a ball ricochet off another ball in the bullpen causing havoc as multiple balls appear on the field or somehow allowing every fielder to simultaneously collide, their I got it cries lost to a howling October wind. It is entirely possible that this is The Year. I hope it is. But there is nothing more Cubs than squandering this loaded, young squad into another century of heartbreak and despair.

posted by NoMich at 07:49 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Cleveland to win the AL Central? In your estimation, is Cleveland that good or is the Central that down? Is KC going to suffer that much of a downturn this season?

For the WS winner, my first thought was Houston. Not based on anything scientific, naturally (this is me talking after all), but based on a gut feeling. I'm hoping for the Cubs, but they'll somehow pull a Cubs and Cubs up their season.

posted by NoMich at 11:14 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Incredible ending for today's T20 World Cup. West Indies needed 19 runs for the final over and you'll never guess what Carlos Brathwaite did.

posted by NoMich at 03:05 PM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle


posted by NoMich at 11:22 PM on April 02

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season

Well, that was a weak-ass...ummm...week...on my part. But I'm still reeling in tron7*. Go me!

CLE by 10
GSW by 18

HOU by 14
OKC by 8

ATL by 8
GSW by 12

OKC by 6

* - I'm still wondering what in the hell you did with trons 1 - 6.

posted by NoMich at 01:37 PM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Geaux Huskies!!

posted by NoMich at 01:33 PM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Virginia fan?

posted by NoMich at 11:43 AM on March 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What the hell are holden and Etrigan talking about then? Am I on acid or somethinginginginginginginginginging?

posted by NoMich at 07:15 PM on March 24

NFL knowingly distorted their own concussion research

Well, it'$ #obvious, dontcha think?

(why the hell doesn't by cent symbol stay?)

posted by NoMich at 01:24 PM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Huh. I just now noticed that yesterday's huddle no longer exists. Bring it back, cadey!

posted by NoMich at 10:04 AM on March 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Oh yeah, they made it. So, FIVE schools from the ACC made it to the Sweet 16. Congratulations!

posted by NoMich at 01:01 PM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Joe Maddon defines Cubs' 2016 dress code: 'If you think you look hot, wear it'

posted by NoMich at 10:56 AM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Miami, Syracuse, and Notre Dame don't count as they're not "real" ACC schools.

posted by NoMich at 10:55 AM on March 21

NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Pairings are Announced

Only two Michigan schools in it this year. Welp, go Ferris State!

posted by NoMich at 07:36 AM on March 21

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

An exciting match between England and South Africa in the T20 World Cup today. The highlights.

posted by NoMich at 03:20 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mike and Mike discussed (go up to the 38 minute mark) the Adam LaRoche issue for a few minutes today. They mentioned that the Boone brothers spent all of their time in the Phillies lockerroom when they were kids.

posted by NoMich at 01:17 PM on March 18

Gay minor league baseball player quit because of homophobic comments from teammates and coaches.

"I was miserable in a sport that used to give me life, and ultimately I decided I needed to hang up my cleats for my own sanity."

/sigh This is so depressing.

posted by NoMich at 10:13 AM on March 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Defensive pairing by age for the Hurricanes tonight against the Capitals:

21 / 21
18 / 22
21 / 25

posted by NoMich at 02:44 PM on March 15

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Well, that sucked.

posted by NoMich at 10:12 AM on March 15

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Yeah, I got Detroit/Warshington on ESPN3.

posted by NoMich at 08:25 PM on March 14

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Better watch out, Howard! I got you in my sights!

MEM by 8
CLE by 12

OKC by 9
LAC by 3

SAS by 4

posted by NoMich at 05:33 PM on March 14

Snowmobiler Strikes Iditarod Team, Killing Dog

The last time I was in my hometown in Northern Michigan during snowmobile season, every bar in the area had snowmobiler specials. And these were specials that featured pitchers of beer, not just bottles. Snowmobiling is big money, especially for the bars.

posted by NoMich at 04:56 PM on March 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Speaking of the tirade, a friend of mine posted this on Facebook today:

Finds by far the most interesting comment made by Goose Gossage in his now-infamous tirade on ESPN Radio yesterday, where he used the f-word 27 times, was when he was asked who has created the problem in baseball. "The people running it," he says. Interviewer asks, "Who's running it?" Goose replies, "A Jew." Amazing NY Post left that comment out today.

Is that true? Did Gossage really go there?

posted by NoMich at 03:10 PM on March 11

Peyton Manning is Retiring from the NFL

Ah yes, the SNL era of, "This sketch is mildly amusing for the first 10 seconds, but since we don't have much else in the entire program, we'll need to stretch this out for another 15 minutes."

posted by NoMich at 10:57 AM on March 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

An co-worker that is an Illini grad is pretty thrilled with this hiring.

posted by NoMich at 02:17 PM on March 07

Spring Training Fan Saves Kid from Flying Bat

I wonder if that kid was on his phone?

/looks at series of photos


posted by NoMich at 02:07 PM on March 07

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

Uh-oh for any of you Thunder fans out there. The seems to be in somewhat of a tailspin right now. 4-6 in their last 10 games with a couple of high profile choke jobs. And the Spurs are keeping pace with the Warriors. If this keeps up through the rest of the regular season, I have to say that I am really looking forward to a possible playoff meeting between these two teams. The last time I said something like that was back in the Bad Boys days.

posted by NoMich at 07:46 AM on March 04

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18

SAS by 14
OKC by 6

SAS by 14
GSW by 6

CLE by 10
ATL by 12

CHI by 6

GSW by 18

posted by NoMich at 05:57 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Brewers' David Denson Hopes Coming Out Paves Way to Achieving MLB Dream

posted by NoMich at 02:43 PM on March 02

Bart Starr's Back Injury Was From Brutal Hazing at Alabama

What a crazy story. I have never understood the point of hazing.

posted by NoMich at 09:55 AM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

'Canes trade captain Eric Staal to Rangers. The Rangers get Staal (and I believe the Hurricanes are retaining 50% of his salary) for two second round draft picks and a young Finnish prospect, 19 year old Aleksi Saarela.

As a Hurricanes fan, I'm OK with this trade as Eric has been mediocre, at best, the last few seasons and is being paid a metric tonne of moneys. I believe that the Hurricanes now have six picks in the first three rounds of the draft this year and six picks in the first three rounds of next year's draft.

posted by NoMich at 05:16 PM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Golden State has clinched a playoff spot. In February. And you know what else is amazing? San Antonio is only 3.5 games behind them in the standings.

posted by NoMich at 10:24 AM on February 28

New Rule Takes Out Slides Like Chase Utley's Legbreaker

Yeah, good point. Damn nuances.

posted by NoMich at 01:18 PM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Us 'Canes fans miss Ladd as well. I was there for the 2004 draft when the 'Canes selected him. We traded up in the draft to get him and the crowd went bananas when Bettman called his name.

posted by NoMich at 01:01 PM on February 26

New Rule Takes Out Slides Like Chase Utley's Legbreaker

Thank you, bb. That's exactly what I had in mind.

posted by NoMich at 08:22 AM on February 26

New Rule Takes Out Slides Like Chase Utley's Legbreaker

I like the new rule. I especially like that *both* runners are out in this scenario.

And owly, the lbw rule makes sense to me. Otherwise, people would just be sticking their leg out there like they're trying to get a ride by flashing some sexy thigh.

posted by NoMich at 06:50 AM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Is this Fowler's heel turn?

posted by NoMich at 03:33 PM on February 25

Cricket Star Kieran Powell Tosses His Bat and Picks Up a Smaller, Rounder One

Great post, Howard. Also speaking of Windies Cricket, I've CLR James' "Beyond a Boundary" sitting on my nightstand, waiting for me to finish "The Three-Body Problem."

posted by NoMich at 07:28 PM on February 24