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NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Tennessee at Jacksonville "Mark it ZERO, Donny!"
Indianapolis by 6
Denver by 3
Oakland by 9
Dallas by 7
Tampa Bay by 6
Carolina by 15
Baltimore by 6
N.Y. Jets by 9
Kansas City by 4
Green Bay by 6
Seattle by 8
Arizona by 7
New England by 5

posted by yerfatma at 11:13 AM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Random amazing play video from this year

A. Of course it's against the Red Sox.
B. One thing I really like nowadays with these kids and their talents and their complete dominance of sports is the confidence. I like that Trout pops up and casually points at his manager as if to say, "I was safe. There is no question. Challenge that right now."

posted by yerfatma at 04:11 PM on November 16

Holly Holm Knocks Out Ronda Rousey in Huge UFC Upset

No, that was in Sydney.

Bless your heart.

posted by yerfatma at 04:08 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Former employer pens farewell letter to Floyd Mayweather.

posted by yerfatma at 03:47 PM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

N.Y. Jets by 7
Green Bay by 13
Carolina by 14
St. Louis by 7
Miami by 3
Pittsburgh by 3
Dallas at Tampa Bay
New Orleans by 5
Baltimore by 6
Oakland by 5
Denver by 10
New England by 7
Arizona by 5
Cincinnati by 10 - LOCK

posted by yerfatma at 10:01 AM on November 12

Racism Between the Goal Posts

Something I've been thinking about since the Kapernick benching: we haven't really gotten that far from the days when Doug Williams was blazing a trail for black quarterbacks. Wilson, Kapernick and RGIII came into the league and brought the Pistol offense to the NFL. Like with other innovations (the Wildcat) NFL defenses took a year to adjust and things fell back into balance, but the narrative is different here. When it was running backs taking direct snaps that failed to turn the game upside-down, the Wildcat was just dismissed as a gimmick. But there's a narrative around the failures of Kapernick and RGIII (who didn't do himself any favors but also had his knee destroyed) and may begin to drag on Wilson if the Seahawks don't get better. Their failures aren't down to the system, gimmicks or injuries (or the fact the Niners imploded in the offseason), it's something in their personalities.

posted by yerfatma at 09:22 AM on November 11

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption"

John Skipper responds.

posted by yerfatma at 10:36 AM on November 09

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption"

posted by yerfatma at 08:38 AM on November 06

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption"

I thought this bit from the second link was interesting:

"But Grantland represented more than just another media contraction. Sports is a stealth definer of social values, particularly among young people, and ESPN, the self-described World Wide Leader, is sports's 24/7 purveyor on countless radio stations, TV channels and websites. How ESPN covers (or fails to cover) gay and transgender athletes, concussions, domestic abuse, gambling costumed as fantasy leagues, and e-sports, for example, will have an impact on how Americans regard the widening racial, economic, and class divides between them and the gladiatorial castes that perform for them."

posted by yerfatma at 04:04 PM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Not a real good week for Karim Benzema. Top three headlines in /r/soccer right now:

Karim Benzema also named in a massive drug trafficking case between France and Dominican Republic, "Air Cocaine" - close friend of the main suspect
Justice: Karim Benzema has admitted being involved in blackmail
Karim Benzema charged with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group.

posted by yerfatma at 02:34 PM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

A Cooler Replacement For The Blackhawks Controversial Logo Goes Viral

Awesome! In response, here's a form to streamline complaining about losing to the Patriots.

posted by yerfatma at 01:42 PM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 10
Miami by 7
St. Louis by 4
New England by 12
New Orleans by 9
New York Jets by 10
Oakland by 4
Green Bay by 3
Atlanta by 9 - LOCK
New York Giants by 6
Denver by 14
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 9

posted by yerfatma at 01:37 PM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"Maybe the real difference between Mourinho and his contemporaries is that they are better at, or more interested in, proving themselves to be something more than just A Coach, especially in a sport whose roots reach so deeply in ideas of culture and community."

Really liked this deadspin link about how Jose Mourinho's "Wins are the only thing" mentality looks ugly when the wins don't come.

posted by yerfatma at 08:17 AM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Judging by the video this was in response to, you can see how SEC kids don't grow up to be critical thinkers. Also, if you're going to try to make a viral video, clean up your damn house. Made me itchy just watching that.

posted by yerfatma at 08:15 AM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That is awesome.

posted by yerfatma at 03:22 PM on November 04

U.S. TV viewers for the Premier League broken out by club

Everton has Tim Howard, probably helps a lot with their ratings.

But not necessarily their results. Sigh.

posted by yerfatma at 03:11 PM on November 04

U.S. TV viewers for the Premier League broken out by club

Really interesting but it would be nice to see some kind of adjustment for times on the air and times on NBC proper (maybe adjust the numbers by total households receiving the channel in question since NBC spreads games across NBCSN, CNBC, Bravo, etc). I'm guessing part of Man City's problem is they haven't been on NBC yet. And maybe my judgement is colored by my own experience but I detect a bit of a Men in Blazers-effect where teams that are Ok To Root For are doing better in the ratings than others. Southampton got aan hour-long documentary from Roger Bennett last year and Bournemouth & Watford have probably benefited from a newness that Norwich already burned through in NBCSN's first year.

posted by yerfatma at 09:48 AM on November 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Turned on Sportscenter just in time to hear Trevor Matich's concerns the integrity of the college playoff polling process could be upset by "A fourteen year-old who has never seen a football game with a spreadsheet."

Also, either Chris Mortensen has tried to become a real reporter during the NFL trade deadline and hasn't slept in days or he brought a fifth of Wild Irish Rose on set. When Chris McKendry asked him about the possibility of Philly trading for Colin Kaepernick:

Mort: "Philadelphia's backup is Mark Sanchez."
McKendry: "Yes, I know."

posted by yerfatma at 12:23 PM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A list of players born after Kevin Garnett made his NBA debut 20 years ago today.

posted by yerfatma at 10:11 AM on November 03

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

More Proof Gerard Deulofeu Is A Brilliant Lunatic

posted by yerfatma at 03:00 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Gerard Delofeu played an amazing game, opening goal, two assists and still had to be yanked after an hour because of a yellow card. Because he cannot, and I can't stress this enough, cannot dive convincingly.

posted by yerfatma at 11:22 AM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Chelsea Mourinho's post-game presser today was like none I've seen before in the Premier League.

They were showing it before Everton's game on Sunday and I used it as an opportunity to test my daughter's emotional intelligence. I showed her the man with a smile on his face and asked, "Is that man happy?" Her response: "This guy mean."

posted by yerfatma at 10:25 AM on November 02

Grantland is dead

Really disappointed at losing one of my daily stops.

posted by yerfatma at 03:38 PM on October 30

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

New England by 6
Detroit by 4
Atlanta by 5
Minnesota by 7
Arizona by 12 - LOCK
St. Louis by 9
New York Giants by 4
Pittsburgh by 3
Baltimore by 5
Tennessee by 6
New York Jets by 5
Seattle by 13
Green Bay by 5
Carolina by 7

posted by yerfatma at 04:06 PM on October 29

Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player

they've haven't seen one since Frank Brickowski

One of my favorite players in NBA Live '95, I used to torture my roomate with Brickowski down low and a sharpshooter out at the line . . . Brad Lohaus. Needless to say, my roomate wasn't great at video games.

posted by yerfatma at 03:30 PM on October 29

Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player

it probably means no Bucks player will ever shop at that store again

Buy anything, probably not. But I hope the team rents a broken-down looking bus and just piles out in the parking lot one morning.

posted by yerfatma at 01:51 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The bat flipping deal isn't genuine

Ah, got it. I don't have an insight into the players' minds myself so I just have to take their actions as evidence of how they feel.

There is no real substitute/ For a ball struck squarely and firmly

posted by yerfatma at 08:16 AM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

the act is complete douche baggery in all situations


posted by yerfatma at 01:47 PM on October 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 01:26 PM on October 27

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ryan Mallet can finally sleep in.

posted by yerfatma at 01:25 PM on October 27

Flip Saunders Passes Away at 60

Sad to hear about Flip; that Starbury link was awesome. I will never figure the dude out.

posted by yerfatma at 03:39 PM on October 26

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

George O'Leary is out at UCF

Is that what his resume says though?

posted by yerfatma at 12:39 PM on October 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition

Buffalo by 6
Minnesota by 6
Atlanta by 10 - LOCK
New Orleans by 3
Pittsburgh by 5
St. Louis by 7
Miami by 9
New England by 3
Tampa Bay by 3
San Diego by 6
Dallas by 3
Carolina by 9
Arizona by 9

posted by yerfatma at 12:28 PM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

There's a post on WI cricket's problems over at The Economist's Game Theory blog.

I Just tried the link in Incognito to make sure it works for everyone, but let me know if there are problems-- I'm assuming there's a Twitter link or similar that will get through the gate.

posted by yerfatma at 08:53 AM on October 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition

Seattle by 12

posted by yerfatma at 07:41 PM on October 22

Howard Kendall, the former Everton player and manager, died last week.

I recommend you stay out of the one Everton thread I get per year!

posted by yerfatma at 12:30 PM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Michael J Fox arrested for insider sports betting

Feels shaky.

posted by yerfatma at 12:29 PM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm fine with the NFL pushing back interview requests until everyone has their pants on, but I did have to smile at a line in the Whitworth piece: "The 10-year Bengals veteran said he spent all morning thinking of the ridicule that would have gone on with his kids at school, had they been of a certain age." So not just "Someone think of the children", but "Someone think of my hypothetical children if they were different."

posted by yerfatma at 08:49 AM on October 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Statz attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he moved from Illinois along with his parents at an early age

Man, New England used to have some decent baseball players back in the day.

posted by yerfatma at 01:51 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

You're underselling it

Yeah, it's just . . . now that I'm getting older I realize those facts are really just ghost stories programmers use to scare each other about stuff neither of them ever has to deal with. If you want to leave me awake all night, tell me you store your timestamps in something other than UTC. As long as everything is in UTC, anything is do-able.

Also, remind me never to fly over that reservation. At best you're going to be an hour late, at worst you'll never get there. "If that fourth engine goes, we'll be stuck up here all day."

posted by yerfatma at 01:29 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, Arizona is another one of those magical timezone lands that programmers like to swap stories about: no DST there but there's an Indian Reservation inside the state that does respect DST, so that must be fun.

My only problem with the phone in the photo is that based on the iPhone 6S it might be a working prototype of the 7. Every time I go to buy a new phone I'm reminded of the GM designer who scoffed at the notion the Ford Excursion would ever overtake the Suburban, saying, "At some point things become un-garage-able".

posted by yerfatma at 11:27 AM on October 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

About that lock . . .

posted by yerfatma at 08:23 AM on October 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

Atlanta by 12 - lock
Buffalo by 4
Denver by 4
Detroit by 3
Tennessee by 6
Minnesota by 6
New York Jets by 9
Arizona by 11
Houston by 5
Carolina by 4
Green Bay by 9
Baltimore by 8
New England by 13
New York Giants by 2

posted by yerfatma at 01:28 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

the flip is showboating

From one cultural perspective, maybe two depending on how it's viewed in Japan. But in South Korea and Latin America it's part of the game. No different from soccer styles in South America versus Northern Europe.

posted by yerfatma at 01:21 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The way some people are talking about Bautista's flip, they believe it adds some needed fun to the game.

Even PTI has been talking about this for a year or two. The two sides are basically Brian McCanns versus Latin players. You don't want to be on the McCann side of history, do you? Maybe it's a decade-plus of Big Papi but I fail to see why a bat flip is so absolutely horrible.

posted by yerfatma at 10:39 AM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

In no way am I picking on Mike Reiss, the terrific Patriots beat reporter, but compare Sunday

with today: "New England Patriots starting left tackle Nate Solder will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right biceps." Solder immediately goes into the Pats Lineman Tough Guy Hall of Fame with Logan Mankins who played half a year on a torn ACL.

posted by yerfatma at 02:39 PM on October 14

Matthew Stafford: the $53m mistake costing the Detroit Lions dearly

no player will ever replace Scott Mitchell as the Lions biggest mistake

You have to have faith.

posted by yerfatma at 08:37 AM on October 14

Tom Brady Calls Coca Cola 'Poison for Kids'

Yeah, the Trump thing made a lot more sense once I saw this column. I look forward to Brady's future governorship of Mass when he starts looking into all the vaccines we're pumping into kids.

posted by yerfatma at 11:16 AM on October 13

Liverpool part ways with Brendan Rogers

It pains me to see one of my favorite coaches and Pokemon characters land on the wrong side of the Mersey so I am hoping for future Liverpool Echo headlines like "KLOPP FLOP AT KOP!"

posted by yerfatma at 03:53 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

Practice Squad over Miami by 12

Houston by 5

Atlanta by 10

Seattle by 6

Green Bay by 7

Buffalo by 7

Kansas City by 12

Philadelphia by 4

Jacksonville by 5

Baltimore by 9

Arizona by 7

New England by 14 - lock and jinx

Denver by 6

New York Giants by 3

San Diego by 4

posted by yerfatma at 03:51 PM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bill Belichick has his Grumpy Old Man shtick down cold. #snapface

posted by yerfatma at 09:41 AM on October 08

Fifa Suspends Blatter and Platini

That seems like a totally real punishment and in no way just a pause in standard operating procedures while FIFA hopes you stop noticing. Especially given who's deciding if it sticks. I like that the real punishment (6 years) went to the guy who is speaking out and hoping to run for president next time.

posted by yerfatma at 08:21 AM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I . . . uh, what? I don't know who you are any more rcade.

posted by yerfatma at 02:03 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

posted by yerfatma at 11:19 AM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The joys of rip-off jerseys:

posted by yerfatma at 08:48 AM on October 07

Miami Dolphins Fire Coach Joe Philbin

Mr. B I think you're right that it will come down to leadership, a steady hand on the tiller, etc. Good news.

posted by yerfatma at 08:19 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That kind of thing makes my week (the 3/ 13 stuff, not Sabathia).

posted by yerfatma at 08:18 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Sure thing SJW.

posted by yerfatma at 07:28 PM on October 05

Liverpool part ways with Brendan Rogers

I think Fenway Group just wanted to fire him on the same day as Don Orsillo to localize the pain.

Sure Everton don't win anything, but once every couple of years they topple a manager at a big-name club.

posted by yerfatma at 11:31 AM on October 05

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

Yeah, I had him as captain, wish I'd had the stones to pull the Triple Captain lever but with how City have been going and their injuries I figured something like a dismal draw was more likely.

posted by yerfatma at 08:59 AM on October 05