Recent Comments by goddam

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Baltimore by 6

New York Jets by 4

Atlanta by 12

New York Giants by 9

Oakland by 16

Cincinnati by 6

Indianapolis by 16

Carolina by 12

Philadelphia by 8

San Diego by 10

Denver by 9

Arizona by 6

Green Bay by 18

New Orleans by 4

Seattle by 6

posted by goddam at 08:31 PM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Ottawa by 15

Hamilton by 7

Winnipeg by 3

Saskatchewan by 4

posted by goddam at 11:26 AM on September 30

Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra passes away

Thanks Howard. Always enjoy hearing about players before my time, especially Berra. Him being a 'bad pitch' hitter is something that always stuck with me. And that his physique didn't necessarily line up with his abilities.

My mom has a ball signed by a handful of old Yankees (getting the signatures back in the days when all you had to do was wait for them in the players lot). Even though he had nothing to do with getting those signatures, my dad loves to boast that both Yogi and Phil Linz (of the harmonica incident) are on there.

There were so many articles and whatnot out today, but a couple things that struck me. Alex Belth's obit for SI. And the account of Berra's time in WWII.

posted by goddam at 09:58 PM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

New York Giants by 3

Cleveland by 10

Atlanta by 6

Indianapolis by 14

Pittsburgh by 16

San Diego by 9

New England by 18

New York Jets by 7

Carolina by 3

Cincinnati by 8

Houston by 6

Arizona by 12

Buffalo by 10

Seattle by 7

Denver by 11

Green Bay by 14 lock

posted by goddam at 06:39 PM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

In honor of Yogi Berra I'm going with 8 pt spreads all around. Can't do much worse that I did last week, right?

Calgary by 8

Edmonton by 8

Ottawa by 8

Montreal by 8

posted by goddam at 12:59 PM on September 23

Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra passes away

This seriously bums me out. One of the few celebrities I've actually mourned.

I'm too young to have seen him play, but he was still my favorite Yankee. The only reason I got to see David Cone's perfect game in person was because it was the day that Yogi made his return to Yankee Stadium after he and Steinbrenner finally reconciled.

Tonight I will be pouring a bit of Yoohoo out for #8.

posted by goddam at 12:17 PM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Denver by 14

Buffalo by 6

Chicago by 7

Cincinnati by 3

Tennessee by 14

Detroit by 6

New Orleans by 6

New York Giants by 7

Pittsburgh by 17

St. Louis by 10

Carolina by 6

Baltimore by 14

Miami by 10

Dallas by 6

Green Bay by 4 (lock)

Indianapolis by 12

posted by goddam at 02:10 AM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

BC by 6

Edmonton by 11

Saskatchewan by 8

Winnipeg by 4

posted by goddam at 10:42 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Hamilton by 18

Saskatchewan by 7

Calgary by 4

Ottawa by 9

posted by goddam at 01:58 AM on September 10

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

Pittsburgh by 6

Buffalo by 3

Green Bay by 14

Seattle by 10

N.Y. Jets by 6

Miami by 14

Carolina by 3

Houston by 9

Arizona by 7

San Diego by 17

Denver by 14

Cincinnati by 10

Tennessee by 7

N.Y. Giants by 9

Atlanta by 9

San Francisco by 3

posted by goddam at 07:57 PM on September 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal by 4

Winnipeg by 14

Hamilton by 11

Calgary by 4

posted by goddam at 02:30 AM on September 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hamilton by 13

Toronto by 4

Calgary by 6

Saskatchewan by 3

posted by goddam at 03:44 PM on August 26

Gotta give a shout out

134 Pitches is the new 27 Club.

posted by goddam at 12:41 AM on August 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Montreal by 4

Hamilton by 12

Saskatchewan by 2

Ottawa by 7

posted by goddam at 09:13 PM on August 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 4

Winnipeg by 3

Hamilton by 9

Ottawa by 12

posted by goddam at 02:01 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Edmonton by 17

Montreal by 5

Toronto by 19

Hamilton by 7

posted by goddam at 02:24 AM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I love Abby Wambach, but the story shouldn't be that she's deciding whether to play in the 2016 Olympics. It's whether she can make the squad.

She 'clarified' some of her comments today, being sure to say, "It's not a foregone conclusion I would be chosen." Unfortunately, I don't think Ellis has the intestinal fortitude to cut Abby if she's not one of the best 18 available.

posted by goddam at 03:06 AM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 9

Edmonton by 18

Montreal by 4

Toronto by 11

posted by goddam at 02:22 PM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 8

BC by 5

Edmonton by 12

Saskatchewan by 2

posted by goddam at 01:47 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hideki Matsui is playing baseball again. In a New York rec league.

posted by goddam at 01:41 AM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 4

Edmonton by 12

Saskatchewan by 3

Winnipeg by 5

posted by goddam at 11:38 AM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Actually, going with a play on the tifo I designed for the send-off game.

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posted by goddam at 01:06 PM on July 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Ottawa by 9

Montreal by 8

BC by 4

Toronto by 3

posted by goddam at 08:45 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

USWNT getting a ticker tape parade in NYC.

Question is, do I go with a Free The Irish sign or Jersey Makes, the US Takes sign?

posted by goddam at 07:08 PM on July 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Winnipeg by 6

Montreal by 10

BC by 12

Toronto by 10

posted by goddam at 09:48 PM on June 29

U.S. Defeats China, Advances to Women's World Cup Semifinals

That was the quarterfinals. They advanced to the semis.

So glad Ellis finally freed the Irish. First time all tournament I was optimistic about the starting 11.

posted by goddam at 12:24 AM on June 27

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 15

Calgary by 6

Edmonton by 12

Saskatchewan by 4

posted by goddam at 10:43 AM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Redemption of Tom Sermanni

posted by goddam at 10:07 AM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

When two teams have a similar primary kit (yellow shirts), who determines which team wears their alternates?

From the official regulations of the 2015 WWC.

3. In principle, each team shall wear its official team kit as declared on the official team colour form. If the two teams' colours and the match officials' colour might cause confusion, in principle, team A in the official match schedule will be entitled to wear its official team kit and team B will use its reserve team kit or, if necessary, a combination of the official and the reserve team kits. FIFA will endeavour to ensure that each team wears its official team kit at least once during the final competition.

6. FIFA will inform the teams of the colours that they shall wear for each

posted by goddam at 07:54 PM on June 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I've always hated the Norway team after their 'train' celebration in '95. But they are starting to win me over with this.

posted by goddam at 12:55 AM on June 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Norwegian national team players talk about how much they suck at football.

posted by goddam at 12:05 AM on June 19

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

Thailand have been eliminated.

US plays the 3rd place from either Group E or F. The 3rd & 4th place teams from both groups play each other. All four of those teams have a chance of leapfrogging the current 2nd place teams in those groups. And the top spot in Group F is still completely up for grabs. So by my fuzzy math there are 7 teams that the US could potentially play.

As for the game... obviously happy with the win. Still not confident with our attack. Abby is not a 90 minute player anymore. Not sure why O'Reilly isn't getting any playing time. She appears to be in the same doghouse as O'Hara. Maybe Ellis just doesn't like the Irish.

posted by goddam at 12:16 AM on June 17

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

We didn't impress until Australia ran out of juice in the second half of the second half.

Exactly. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think we'll be as fortunate against Sweden and Nigeria as far as waiting them out until they are gassed.

posted by goddam at 02:07 PM on June 09

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

Growing up in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area (specifically Central NJ), my MLB, NHL, NFL fandom was inherited from my parents (Yankees, Rangers, Giants). That's the case with most people I know.

No EPL team, but I do casually follow Sheffield United thanks to my childhood obsession with Def Leppard.

I suppose my Rangers allegiance was tested when the Devils came to town, but I never really thought to jump ship (thank you Ron Duguay).

Re: MLS, my friends that live across the Hudson are in a similar situation. With NYCFC coming in there's the question of jumping ship. All but a few are sticking with RBNY, even those that live in the shadow of Yankee Stadium.

posted by goddam at 01:02 AM on December 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 8




posted by goddam at 12:50 AM on November 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Mine, too (I think we're contemporaries), but only with the ladies. Us gentlemen of distinction only toasted with M/D 20-20.

I drank both, though I preferred MD. Boone's was for Sundays, when NY's liquor laws prevented me from getting maddog.

posted by goddam at 05:25 PM on November 22

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Montreal by 17

Edmonton by 6



posted by goddam at 07:10 PM on November 19

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 8

Edmonton by 3



posted by goddam at 04:21 PM on November 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20

Ottawa by 5

BC by 8

Montreal by 11

Saskatchewan by 21

posted by goddam at 03:27 PM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Hamilton by 17

Winnipeg by 5

BC by 14

Montreal by 2

posted by goddam at 12:17 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

Montreal by 18

Saskatchewan by 4

Toronto by 9

BC by 14

posted by goddam at 11:41 AM on October 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

Hamilton by 18

Montreal by 3

Calgary by 21

Saskatchewan by 7

posted by goddam at 01:58 PM on October 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Toronto by 12

BC by 21

Montreal by 3

Edmonton by 8

posted by goddam at 12:41 AM on October 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I just am not sure what but it threw me for a bad loop.

Yeah, I've had a sick feeling in my stomach since learning about this. I think it may be the reaction of the parents. And the random adults/ex-players showing up and harassing reporters. I don't ever remember football being this big of a deal when I lived there. But, then again, the team wasn't all that great when I was a kid. I guess 20 years of winning changes things.

Plus the defensive coordinator got busted for steroid possession recently. Bad shit all around.

posted by goddam at 01:41 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

My high school alma mater just cancelled the remainder of the football season amid allegations of "inappropriate conduct of a significant and serious nature".

posted by goddam at 10:46 PM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

If so, how do you explain the long drop in World Series ratings, and why is that not a problem?

I find that national broadcasts have become insufferable. For me it's not the games that have become unwatchable, but everything else around it. In-game interviews, sideline reporters, unnecessary crowd shots, stars of FOX tv shows that are planted in the crowd, etc. I've always thought of baseball as the one sport that speaks for itself. The big moments are obvious. I don't need to be spoon-fed drama. (Or maybe I've just become grumpy as I've aged.)

Granted, I'm only speaking for myself in this regard, but I can't imagine being the only person turned off by the broadcast, not the game itself. These days I really only watch the post-season when my team is involved. And even then, I'll usually mute the tv and turn on the radio.

posted by goddam at 01:49 AM on October 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Ottawa by 11

Saskatchewan by 10

Edmonton by 3

BC by 9

posted by goddam at 01:02 PM on October 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

Montreal by 6

Saskatchewan by 3

Hamilton by 10

BC by 4

posted by goddam at 07:16 PM on September 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

BC by 8

Hamilton by 7

Calgary by 12

Saskatchewan by 21

posted by goddam at 01:05 PM on September 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

As Yankee fan I have no problem letting him ride out the retirement tour. Even if they were to squeak into the final WC slot, they won't get far. Might as well wallow in the pomp and circumstance while it lasts.

posted by goddam at 05:39 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Edmonton by 8

Calgary by 17

Winnipeg by 6

Saskatchewan by 12

posted by goddam at 04:57 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

BC by 18

Calgary by 7

Montreal by 5

Saskatchewan by 8

posted by goddam at 09:18 PM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal by 5

Saskatchewan by 8

Hamilton by 3

Calgary by 7

posted by goddam at 10:54 PM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Montreal by 6

Edmonton by 8

Calgary by 18

BC by 6

posted by goddam at 10:59 AM on August 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Toronto by 6

Edmonton by 16

Calgary by 13

Saskatchewan by 19

BC by 7

posted by goddam at 12:19 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Winnipeg by 5

Edmonton by 13

BC by 8

Calgary by 18

posted by goddam at 11:01 PM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Hamilton by 2

Montreal by 6

Calgary by 10

Ottawa by 3

posted by goddam at 12:24 PM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Edmonton by 18

BC by 7

Ottawa by 11

Saskatchewan by 9

posted by goddam at 10:42 AM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Winnipeg by 4

Toronto by 5

Calgary by 19

BC by 6

posted by goddam at 06:06 PM on July 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Different Jen, Jen

Good. I was worried that I'm going senile. The offer to stalk Timmy still stands though.

posted by goddam at 09:34 PM on July 13