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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Glad I wasn't the only person who thought that, rcade. Tone deaf, even by sports TV standards.

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:42 AM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Jags suffocate the Browns. Jacksonville by 14 (lock)

Lions actually might be pretty good. Detroit by 13 (lock)

Ravens still have their QB1. Baltimore by 12

Am I really picking the Dolphins to win a game with Cutler? Yes, yes I am. Miami by 4

The Vikings have looked like a playoff team with Case. Unlikely, but true. Minnesota by 10

The Saints will run the ball all over this defense. New Orleans by 17 (lock)

It's the Chiefs. Kansas City by 21 (lock)

Tom Savage finally gets a win. Houston by 3

First Buffalo traded away their defensive lynchpin, now they're benching their QB. L.A. Chargers by 7 (lock)

Bengals don't bungle this one. Cincinnati by 8

They've had a week off to plan for this one, and the NE defense is very ehh. Oakland by 11 (lock)

Best game of the week, but it'll be closer if Smith plays. Philadelphia by 7 (lock)

Dirty Birds trump Broken Birds. Atlanta by 3 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:30 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Titans by 4 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:12 PM on November 16

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

Golden State by 10 (slam)
Houston by 17 (slam)
San Antonio by 6
New Orleans by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:11 PM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Seattle by 17 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:34 PM on November 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: It's Spelled 'Antetokounmpo' Edition

Houston by 10 (lock)

Oklahoma City by 7

Milwaukee by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:33 PM on November 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

I'm changing my Indy-Houston pick to:

Indianapolis catches the kind of break no one celebrates. Colts by 4

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:18 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice today. A noncontact injury. Houston couldn't go a single day of happiness.

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:17 PM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Buffalo's defense is the difference. Bills by 6 (lock)

Tennessee beats Flacco-less Ravens. Titans by 9 (lock)

New Orleans has a defense now? Saints by 10 (lock)

L.A. plunders a desolate New York secondary. Rams by 10 (lock)

Philadelphia might just be a Super Bowl team. Eagles by 17 (lock)

I refuse to get off the Atlanta bandwagon, even if the players have. Falcons by 7

Still not used to Jacksonville being decent again. Jags by 6 (lock) It's been a good week for Houston. Texans by 20 (lock)

No one will watch this game. Cardinals by 3

Seattle is a bad football team, but so is everyone else. Hawks by 7 (lock)

Best game of the week. Chiefs win a squeaker by 4 (lock)

Oakland has been really puzzling this year, but it's Miami. Raiders by 7 (lock)

Detroit takes advantage of no Rodgers. Lions by 14 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:51 AM on November 02

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: No D in Cleveland Edition

Houston by 10 (slam)

L.A. Clippers by 14 (slam)

San Antonio by 5

Portland by 17 (slam)

Washington by 4

Oklahoma City by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:33 PM on October 31

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Sacksonville Edition

Miami at Baltimore on CBS (too late for this one)

Minnesota by 21 (lock)

Oakland by 7

Cincinnati by 10 (lock)

L.A. Chargers by 3

New Orleans by 14 (lock)

Atlanta by 9 (lock)

Philadelphia by 18 (lock)

Carolina by 4

Houston by 7 (lock)

Washington by 1

Detroit by 4

Kansas City by 14 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:23 PM on October 27

FoxSports "pivot to video" decision has cost them almost 90% of their audience.

As someone who worked in sports journalism until about a month ago, I can tell you that every. single. person. in the business who wasn't a suit thought this was a terrible, terrible decision for Fox Sports. No one watches video at work, during commutes on public transport or on their phone. The ONLY benefit is that video ads pay more than ads for web stories do... but when you lose all your viewers no one wants to buy ad space with you anyway.

Additionally, more than ever writers have become public personas that readers/viewers adopt and follow. Canning your quality figureheads in print to embrace blowhard talking heads that we all tune out, essentially punting on all the consumers who are going to follow their guy to whatever network or outlet picks them up off your scrapheap... nonsensical.

It's trendy to point to "political" moves made by ESPN and other major outlets as reasons why viewership is way down, but in reality it's because the decision-making at the top has been ridiculously bad for a really long time.

/endrant

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:16 AM on October 25

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woe is Mavericks Edition

San Antonio by 11 (slam)

Washington by 17 (slam)

Milwaukee by 4 (slam)

New Orleans by 7 (slam)

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:17 PM on October 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Brett Hundley Edition

Chiefs can't play bad two weeks in a row, right? Kansas City by 13 (lock)

Coming off the bye, I like Tyrod Taylor in this one. Buffalo by 7 (lock)

Still don't trust the Bears. Carolina by 10 (lock)

Mariota and I went to college together. He's the real deal. Tennessee by 17(lock)

The new guy in Green Bay ain't like the old guy. New Orleans by 14 (lock)

Ugh. I don't even want to watch these guys anymore. Indianapolis by 3

Finally the Cardinal offense is two-dimensional again. Arizona by 18 (lock)

Riding Josh McCown, who's out to prove that the Browns were the problem, not him. N.Y. Jets by 7

Vikings look dangerous. Minnesota by 9

Cowboys get back on track. Dallas by 17 (lock)

This is going to be a really ugly game. Seattle by 6 (lock)

One of the more fun rivalries in the NFL has become a little tepid. Pittsburgh by 10

Broncs bounce back. Denver by 7

You have to go with the Falcons here. They are still angry. Atlanta by 21 (lock)

The Eagles don't look like they have many flaws. Philadelphia by 11 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:49 AM on October 19

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em

Boston by 7

Golden State by 12 (SLAM)

Washington by 8 (SLAM)

Minnesota by 5

Oklahoma City by 11 (SLAM)

Los Angeles Clippers by 9

Cleveland by 15 (SLAM)

Golden State by 17 (SLAM)

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:50 PM on October 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

After surveying the number of broken locks I had this week...

I'm changing my Tennessee pick to: Tennessee by 14 (LOCK)

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:08 AM on October 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Atlanta by 24, lock
Green Bay by 17, lock
Detroit by 3
New England by 7
Washington by 17, lock
Chicago by 4
Houston by 9, lock
Tampa Bay by 6
Jacksonville by 3
Kansas City by 14, lock
Oakland by 10, lock
Denver by 20, lock
Tennessee by 14
(also, rcade, I think you forgot to give me points for my Patriots lock last week)

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:05 PM on October 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Undefeated Chiefs Edition

Going with the Eagles, by 4 points.

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:02 PM on October 12

Saints Trade Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

Yes, Sean Payton and the Saints were the worst style fit for Peterson. The only running backs that have seen any sort of success in the system they run down there in New Orleans since Deuce are scatbacks that spent more time catching the ball than taking handoffs. The Saints criminally underuse Mark Ingram, and Peterson thought he'd go in there and find success in a time share? Delusional.

The Cards love to air it out, sure, but they also gave David Johnson 18.5 carries a game last season. They've had no one good enough to replace his production, so yeah you're going to see inflated passing numbers since he went down in Week 1. They clearly want AP to come in and try to earn that same kind of workload. Will it work? You're right, that's totally debatable. But he's certainly going to get an opportunity to try -- an opportunity he didn't get in New Orleans.

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:00 PM on October 11

Saints Trade Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

Peterson signing with the team that had possibly the worst style fit for him for less money than the Vikings were offering will always be one of life's great mysteries. Either he is far less intelligent than I've given him credit for in the past or he was determined to cut his nose off to spite his face after perceived slights by Minnesota.

Either way, it was always going to be a short marriage with the Saints. Happy he's got a new home.

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:37 PM on October 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

Buffalo by 7

N.Y. Jets by 13 (lock)

Detroit by 10 (lock)

Indianapolis by 6 (lock)

Miami by 3

N.Y. Giants by 4 (lock)

Philadelphia by 7

Pittsburgh by 10 (lock)

Baltimore by 17 (lock)

L.A. Rams by 1

Green Bay by 11 (lock)

Kansas City by 13 (lock)

Minnesota by 20 (lock)

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:58 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Cam Newton's Spoiled Yogurt Edition

For the NFL picks thread: Patriots by 7 (lock).

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:03 PM on October 05

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: I Won't Stand for That Edition

Green Bay by 14. Lock it in.

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:25 PM on September 28

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

I'm afraid to count how many locks I've broken today.

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:18 PM on September 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

L.A. Rams by 7

Baltimore by 10 (lock)

Denver by 14 (lock)

Pittsburgh by 17 (lock)

Atlanta by 11 (lock)

Indianapolis by 3

Tampa Bay by 14

New England by 21 (lock)

Miami by 3

Philadelphia by 4

Carolina by 1

Tennessee by 10

Green Bay by 20 (lock)

Kansas City by 6

Oakland by 9 (lock)

Dallas by 16

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:36 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cleveland by 3

Carolina by 7

Arizona by 21 (lock)

Tennessee by 4

Kansas City by 10 (lock)

New England by 17 (lock)

Pittsburgh by 3

Tampa Bay by 9

Miami by 3

Oakland by 24 (lock)

Denver by 1

L.A. Rams by 3

Seattle by 15 (lock)

Atlanta by 7

N.Y. Giants by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:59 PM on September 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Bengals by 4

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:27 PM on September 14

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

With Odell out, I'm changing my pick to Cowboys by 7.

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:56 PM on September 10

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

New England by 17 (Thanks for fielding my email, rcade: I was on the side of a mountain, as was the Patriots' defense, apparently)

Buffalo by 13 (lock)

Philadelphia by 3

Tennessee by 7

Houston by 14 (lock)

Arizona by 10

Pittsburgh by 21 (lock)

Atlanta by 20 (lock)

Cincinnati by 12

L.A. Rams by 3

Carolina by 24 (lock)

Green Bay by 11

N.Y. Giants by 4

New Orleans by 1

L.A. Chargers by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:15 AM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Records endure, and when they are matched or broken, the career and life of the previous record holder are recalled and, in a way, honored. The continuity and traditions are thus maintained.

I was talking about this the other day with a friend, funnily enough, and we agreed that because baseball (compared with other major American sports) has remained largely unchanged for so long, baseball records have a certain mystic that, say, an NBA record doesn't. The timelessness of some of these records, the almost religious way the game is tracked and the level of detail given to preserving the history and data of the game is something uniquely baseball.

That's one of the reasons why I believe the Steriod Era hurt so much -- the statistical history of baseball, which is such an important part of the game, was sullied.

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:04 PM on April 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

Unfortunately the T-Wolves blew a lead (and my lock) with six seconds left last night, so I think that's it for my title hopes -- both games tonight are meaningless contests for everyone except the Pacers.

Pacers by 8 (slam dunk)

Blazers by 10 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:54 PM on April 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

Minnesota by 5 (slam dunk)

Phoenix by 12

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:56 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

After Garcia missed the winning putt on 18, I was convinced he'd collapse mentally and not show up for the playoff hole -- the past repeating itself once again.

Really glad he got to bury his demons and win his first major instead.

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:08 PM on April 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

Hmm the Raptors game may have started well before I posted my prediction. Feel free to scratch that one.

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:57 PM on April 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

Raptors by 11 (slam dunk)

Wizards by 14 (slam dunk)

Clippers by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:52 PM on April 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

Cleveland by 12 (slam dunk)

Los Angeles Clippers by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:52 PM on April 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

Boston by 6

Timberwolves by 1

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:50 PM on April 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

Cleveland by 3 (slam dunk)

Clippers by 8 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:42 PM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That was the ugliest basketball I've seen in a long time. YMCA ball is less sloppy.

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:29 AM on April 04

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: Better Not Rest Your Starters Edition

Changing today's pick to UTAH JAZZ by 4.

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:12 PM on April 02

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: Better Not Rest Your Starters Edition

Golden State by 12 (slam dunk)

San Antonio by 9

Boston by 11 (slam dunk)

San Antonio by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:03 PM on March 31

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: Better Not Rest Your Starters Edition

Chicago by 4

Portland by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:14 PM on March 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: Better Not Rest Your Starters Edition

Woooooooooooooooooooow.

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:12 AM on March 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: Better Not Rest Your Starters Edition

Thanks, rcade.

San Antonio by 5 (ah, what the hell. Slam dunk this one)

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:54 PM on March 29

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: J.J. Barea Will Smash Edition

I'm going to double down on yesterday's success and make a change:

Spurs by 8 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:50 PM on March 27

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: J.J. Barea Will Smash Edition

And don't worry about it, rcade. Sorry you had a bad week.

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:11 PM on March 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: J.J. Barea Will Smash Edition

Bucks by 5

Cavs by 6 (slam dunk)

Rockets by 14 (slam dunk)

Blazers by 9 (slam dunk)

Spurs by 8.

Pelicans by 1

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:11 PM on March 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Emphasize the Triangle Edition

San Antonio by 5 (slam)

Los Angeles Clippers by 6

Cleveland by 13 (slam)

Miami by 4

Los Angeles Clippers by 8

Toronto by 3

(brace yourselves) Oklahoma City by 2

Los Angeles Clippers by 11 (slam)

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:21 PM on March 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Dirk Nowitzki 30,000 Edition

Boston by 4 (slam)

Houston by 5 (slam)

San Antonio by 7 (slam)

Denver by 13 (slam)

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:50 PM on March 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Dirk Nowitzki 30,000 Edition

Golden State by 7

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:48 AM on March 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Dirk Nowitzki 30,000 Edition

Wizards by 8

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:00 PM on March 10

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Dirk Nowitzki 30,000 Edition

San Antonio by 9 (slam)

Phoenix by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:28 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Arsene Wenger has lost the plot and his players appear have lost the will to fight.

posted by Goyoucolts at 10:02 PM on March 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Not Funny Amar'e Edition

Changing Boston to a SLAM since it looks like I'm gonna lose another lock.

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:59 PM on March 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Not Funny Amar'e Edition

Atlanta by 3

New Orleans by 2

Los Angeles Clippers by 7 (slam dunk)

Golden State by 9 (slam dunk)

Dallas by 3

Indiana by 8 (slam dunk)

Boston by 4

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:28 PM on March 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Not Funny Amar'e Edition

Golden State by 9 (slam)

Portland by 5.

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:21 PM on March 02

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Trade Deadline Edition

Cleveland by 16 (slam dunk)

Golden State by 18 (slam dunk)

Boston by 3

Los Angeles Clippers by 5

Cleveland by 11 (slam dunk)

Cleveland by 5 (slam dunk)

Houston by 11 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:24 PM on February 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Go Mavericks Edition

Between NBA and the past NFL season, this has been my most forgetful pick'em season ever.

Washington by 7 (slam dunk)

Phoenix by 3

Golden State by 14 (slam dunk)

San Antonio by 16 (slam dunk)

San Antonio by 6

Atlanta by 5

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:51 PM on February 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

May he rest in peace.

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:57 PM on February 07

Frank Lampard Retires from Soccer

I'll echo sbacharach on this one: Lamps and Drogba were the only likable players on a talented but irritating Chelsea squad.

Now, if only he'd been able to add a trophy for England to his impressive club achievements...

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:06 PM on February 03