Recent Comments by NoMich

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

Ha! That was the first thing I noticed as well.

posted by NoMich at 09:37 PM on May 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

Yes! I did make it.

posted by NoMich at 08:24 PM on May 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

Hopefully I got my picks in under the wire. We were out of town all day long and then dropped the daughter off at grandma's so we could go see "Civil War." Went specifically to see Black Panther and was not disappointed, but man, that Vision character is pretty compelling (I am the Jon Snow of super power characters, I know nothing.)

posted by NoMich at 08:15 PM on May 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Round

1. Winner: PIT

2. Number of games: 6 games

3. The longest game: No OT games

4. First player to score a goal: P. Kessel (PIT)

5. Conn Smythe winner: P. Kessel (PIT)

6. Player to score the most goals: P. Kessel (PIT)

7. Player to get the most assists: S. Crosby (PIT)

8. Player with the best plus/minus: K. Letang (PIT)

9. Player with the most penalty minutes: J. Ward (SJS)

10. Starting goaltender with the best save percentage: M. Murray (PIT)

Tiebreaker: Total goals scored in the series: 48 goales

posted by NoMich at 08:13 PM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Exciting IPL final.

posted by NoMich at 04:16 PM on May 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Jesus, Chris Gayle is on pace to beat to beat Hyderabad's 208 all on his own. "Gayle Making Sun Risers' Brown Eyes Blue"

posted by NoMich at 01:09 PM on May 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Poor woofies

posted by NoMich at 01:33 PM on May 27

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Huh. That's right around the corner from Costume World. This all sounds so fishy.

posted by NoMich at 01:54 PM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


posted by NoMich at 01:08 PM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

rcade's approval numbers are already super low so there's no reason to start a sham House investigation on him.

posted by NoMich at 09:02 AM on May 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Speaking as a fan of a Southern team, what difference does it make? They've been playing NHL games mainly indoors for 90 now, so what's the big deal of where the franchise is located?

Hockey fans in so-called traditional markets can be so weird about where people are allowed to play the game. Why do they have this litmus test of where the sport can be played? It's like they don't want the sport to expand and be played by kids, no matter where they are. Thanks to the presence of an NHL team, the Triangle area of North Carolina has something like six regular ice rinks, a megacomplex of multiple ice rinks, and another megacomplex on the way. Still, there's hardly any available free skate time in any of those places because of all of the youth leagues and adult leagues.

I grew up in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula and growing up, no one gave a shit about hockey. I think the only place it was played was in Traverse City. This was in the days before cable TV, so there were no Red Wings games on TV or even the radio and no one played pond hockey. It was a rich person's sport that was played in Traverse and the small towns near there where people could make it to the rink on a snowy Saturday. Now, thanks to cable TV and the Red Wings being good, everyone up there is a hockey fan.

posted by NoMich at 10:26 AM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Wow, fritsy. Mr Consistency there.

posted by NoMich at 01:29 PM on May 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Howard: what about the player with the highest points, rebounds, and assists?

posted by NoMich at 07:01 AM on May 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Grum: what about the player with the highest points, rebounds, and assists?

posted by NoMich at 09:15 PM on May 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Howard, is there an NHL-style President's Trophy curse hitting you this playoff pick-'em season?

CLE in 6
GSW in 6

- Highest average PTS + REB + AST: K Love (CLE)
- Most blocks: D Green (GSW)
- Most steals: L James (CLE)
- Most personal fouls: K Lowry (TOR)
- Most Free Throws Attempted: D Green (GSW)

posted by NoMich at 08:15 PM on May 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 3

Dang it!

PIT in 6
SJS in 6

Goal scorer: J Pavelski (SJS)
Save percentage: M Murray (PIT)
Power play percentage: Pittsburgh Penguins
Penalized player: J Bouwmeester (STL)
Team goals: San Jose Sharks

posted by NoMich at 08:47 PM on May 13

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Carolina in 3 over Vancouver
Boston in 14 over Washington DC

High scorer will be Gretzky
Best save percentage will be Guy Lafleur
Calder winner will be You

posted by NoMich at 10:40 AM on May 13

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Miami in 7

posted by NoMich at 06:54 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

14 runs off of one legal delivery. It's the good ol' IPL.

posted by NoMich at 12:20 AM on May 01

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Land of Cleves in Ohio in 6
Saint Anthony of Texas in 6
California, Land of Golden Nuggets and Golden Sunshine but ever so Warrior like in 5

Dennis Schrderr will be the most Hawkish with techincal fouls.
J.R. Smith of the Land of Cleves in Ohio will make it rain the most from three-point land.

posted by NoMich at 06:45 PM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Because of that gas mask smoking device, I figured he was trying out for a new Judd Apatow movie or something.

posted by NoMich at 03:35 PM on April 29

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