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NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals

Thunder in seven

Cavaliers in six

Draymond Green

Draymond Green


Andr Roberson

Steph Curry

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:20 PM on May 15

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

Heat in six.

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:59 PM on May 02

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

OK, upset special time: Atlanta in seven.

San Antonio in six.

Golden State in six.

Technical foul: Westbrook

Three-point expert: Klay Thompson

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:27 AM on April 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This is another one of McGregor's publicity stunts, and Dana White is in on it. Makes him look like a "bad boy" for refusing to play along with UFC's press conference SOP (one of the big complains about McGregor is that he's UFC's coddled cash cow), makes the purses larger for when he "comes out of retirement." Also buys him more time to recover/bulk up more weight classes, and avoids him tarnishing his reputation with another loss to Diaz, who'll be even more of a handful for McGregor when he's not stepping into the ring on just 10 days' notice.

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:41 AM on April 20

SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!

(1) Cleveland vs. (8) Detroit: Cleveland in five games.
(2) Toronto vs. (7) Indiana: Indiana in seven games.
(3) Miami vs. (6) Charlotte: Miami in six games.
(4) Atlanta vs. (5) Boston: Boston in seven games.

(1) Golden State vs. (8) Houston: Golden State in four games.
(2) San Antonio vs. (7) Memphis: San Antonio in four games.
(3) Oklahoma City vs. (6) Dallas: Oklahoma City in four games.
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Portland: Portland in six games.

What will be the highest single game point total a team reaches in the first round? 118 points.

What will be the highest single game point total a player will score in the first round? 37 points.

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:15 PM on April 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

I think limiting locks is the way to go. Allows for too great a swing in the standings week to week otherwise. I like Howard_T's idea, with an additional "wild card" lock for a total of four.

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:56 PM on February 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Good game, y'all.

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:34 PM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Carolina by 4

Score: 52

Pick the kicker who scores the first field goal: McManus (Broncos)

Pick the player who scores the first touchdown (Owen Daniels).

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards (Cam Newton).

Pick the player with the most rushing yards (Stewart).

Pick the player with the most receiving yards (Ginn Jr.).

Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack (Von Miller).

Pick a player who will get an interception (Luke Kuechly).

Pick the player who commits the first turnover (Peyton Manning).

Pick the game's MVP (Cam Newton).

Pick the SportsFilter user who will win this contest (I'm not sure how this works. What happens if Holden is tied with me and we both pick ourselves? Or I pick TommyTrump and Holden picks Holden? Does that count before the tiebreaker? Anyway, I'm picking myself. Goyoucolts).

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:38 PM on February 06

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

Denver by 3 (lock)

Carolina by 7 (lock)

Pick the team with the most total yards: Arizona

Pick the team that gives up the most turnovers: Arizona

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards: Carson Palmer

Pick the player with the most rushing yards: Jonathan Stewart

Pick the player with the most receiving yards: Larry Fitzgerald

Pick a player who will get a sack or partial sack: Star Lotulelei

Pick a player who will get an interception: T.J. Ward

posted by Goyoucolts at 05:08 PM on January 23

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Week 2: Divisional Round

New England by 3 (lock)

Arizona by 10 (lock)

Carolina by 6 (lock)

Denver by 17 (lock)

Pick the quarterback with the most passing yards: Carson Palmer

Pick the running back with the most rushing yards: J-Stew.

Pick the player with the most receiving yards: Doug Baldwin

Pick a player who will get an interception: Earl Thomas

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:36 PM on January 15

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Out of the 60 picks so far, 11 have been home teams

Here's an interesting factoid from Adam Schefter that surprised me today:

"Road QBs this weekend: 37 combined career playoff starts. Home QBs this weekend: 0 combined career playoff starts."

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:42 PM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Kansas City by 14 (Lock)

Pittsburgh by 10 (Lock)

Seattle by 23 (Lock)

Washington by 7 (Lock)

Big Ben
Alfred Morris
Antonio Brown
J.J. Watt

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:23 PM on January 07

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Congratulations, Grum!

(I somehow deleted two of my predictions while editing my post this week, but thankfully it would't have mattered.)

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:40 AM on January 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Last Chance Saloon Edition

Detroit by 7

Cincinnati by 15

Pittsburgh by 19

Washington by 3

Indianapolis by 13

New England by 17

Philadelphia by 6

Jacksonville by 7

Denver by 10

Kansas City by 7

Arizona by 15

St. Louis by 3

Carolina by 27 (lock)

Minnesota by 10 (27 points)

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:17 PM on January 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Airing of Grievances Edition

Oakland by 16

Washington by 7

Carolina by 24 (lock)

Buffalo by 6

Detroit by 13

Houston by 10

Kansas City by 17

Indianapolis by 3

New England by 19

Chicago by 6

Pittsburgh by 14

Jacksonville by 10

Green Bay by 7

Seattle by 13

Minnesota by 18

Denver by 20

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:07 PM on December 24

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

Tampa Bay by 13

Dallas by 3

Indianapolis by 6

Minnesota by 10

New England by 27

Carolina by 7

Buffalo by 7

Jacksonville by 14

Kansas City by 20

Green Bay by 14

Seattle by 16

Pittsburgh by 17 (lock)

Miami by 9

Cincinnati by 3

Arizona by 14

New Orleans by 17

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:12 PM on December 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 3

Washington by 6

Pittsburgh by 20

San Francisco by 4

Kansas City by 7

Detroit by 10

Tennessee by 7

Buffalo by 9

Tampa Bay by 10

Carolina by 14 (Lock it down tight)

Indianapolis by 7

Seattle by 21

Denver by 10

Green Bay by 17

New England by 3

N.Y. Giants by 7

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:29 PM on December 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Green Bay by 13 (lock)

Houston by 1

Chicago by 4

Cincinnati by 17

Tennessee by 3

Arizona by 19

Miami by 7

Minnesota by 6

Giants by 3

Atlanta by 9

Kansas City by 8

Denver by 10

New England by 27

Carolina by 7

Indianapolis by 4

Washington by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:08 PM on December 03

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Detroit by 6

Carolina by 7

Green Bay by 10

Atlanta by 3

Cincinnati by 14

Tennessee by 1

Indianapolis by 3

Buffalo by 4

N.Y. Jets by 10

N.Y. Giants by 17

San Diego by 7

New Orleans by 13

Arizona by 21 (Lock it down)

Pittsburgh by 7

Denver by 3

Cleveland by 6

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:37 PM on November 25

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 5

Nov. 24

Boston by 2

Golden State by 17 (LOCK n LOAD)

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:43 AM on November 24

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

Tennessee by 10

Atlanta by 13

Chicago by 3

Oakland by 7

Dallas by 16

Philadelphia by 6

Carolina by 10

St. Louis by 9

Houston by 4

San Diego by 11

Green Bay by 10

Seattle by 14 (lock it in)

Arizona by 18

Buffalo by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:46 PM on November 18

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 4

Nov. 18
Oklahoma City by 8
Chicago by 3

Nov. 19
Cleveland by 14
Golden State by 6

No. 20
San Antonio by 8
Golden State by 17 (slam dunk)

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:24 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

I'd like to make Denver my lock, please. Totally forgot to note that.

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:44 PM on November 11

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Buffalo by 10

Green Bay by 17

Carolina by 6

Chicago by 3

Philadelphia by 7

Pittsburgh by 9

Tampa Bay by 3

New Orleans by 11

Baltimore by 7

Oakland by 10

Denver by 20

N.Y. Giants by 3

Arizona by 14

Cincinnati by 17

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:55 PM on November 11

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 3

Nov. 11
Clippers by 14
San Antonio by 6 (Phi Slama Jama)

Nov. 12
Golden State by 18
Clippers by 8

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:32 PM on November 11

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 13

Buffalo by 3

Minnesota by 6

New England by 24 (LOCK OF THE WEEK)

New Orleans by 21

New York Jets by 3

Pittsburgh by 7

Carolina by 3

Atlanta by 17

New York Giants by 10

Indianapolis by 1

Philadelphia by 7

San Diego by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:44 PM on November 04

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 2

Nov. 4

Cleveland by 12 (Slam it home)
Clippers by 3

Nov. 5

OKC by 14
Portland by 8

Nov. 6
Pacers by 4
Houston by 10

posted by Goyoucolts at 02:14 PM on November 04

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

There must have been a typo on my part. I meant to say New England by 29, not Miami by 3 (?!?)

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:43 PM on October 29

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

Miami by 3

Detroit by 6

Atlanta by 7

Minnesota by 10


St. Louis by 11

New Orleans by 14

Cincinnati by 10

San Diego by 6

Houston by 3

Oakland by 1

Seattle by 18

Green Bay by 16

Carolina by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:46 PM on October 28

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

Seattle by 6

Buffalo by 10

Minnesota by 7

Atlanta by 13 (Lock and load for triple points!)

New Orleans by 7

Pittsburgh by 9

St. Louis by 3

Miami by 10

New England by 3

Tampa Bay by 10

San Diego by 14

Dallas by 10

Carolina by 7

Arizona by 21

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:18 PM on October 21

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

Cincinnati by 7

Denver by 10

Chicago by 3

Tennessee by 7

Minnesota by 10

Washington by 3

Arizona by 14

Jacksonville by 10

Carolina by 6

Green Bay by 17 (Lock it up)

San Francisco by 3

Indianapolis by 3

New York Giants by 10

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:13 AM on October 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

I take it all back. Old Man Hasselbeck is a warrior.

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:32 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

Oh boy, Matt Hasselbeck apparently has a bacterial infection and is hoping to make it through all four quarters. I'm going to really regret that lock.

posted by Goyoucolts at 08:03 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

Indianapolis by 6 (stone cold lock)

Atlanta by 24

Cincinnati by 10

Green Bay by 17

Buffalo by 14

Kansas City by 10

New Orleans by 7

Jacksonville by 3

Cleveland by 3

Arizona by 19

New England by 14

Denver by 7

New York Giants by 6

San Diego by 3

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:53 PM on October 08

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

Baltimore by 10

Miami by 3

Atlanta by 13

Buffalo by 7

Oakland by 17

Kansas City by 4

Indianapolis by 16

Carolina by 10

Philadelphia by 14

San Diego by 20

Minnesota by 3

Arizona by 17

Green Bay by 24 (Stone cold lock of the week)

Dallas by 7

Seattle by 7

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:54 PM on September 30

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

New York Giants by 3

Oakland by 10

Atlanta by 7

Indianapolis by 3

Pittsburgh by 21 (stone cold lock)

San Diego by 17

New England by 27

New York Jets by 3

Carolina by 6

Cincinnati by 7

Tampa Bay by 10

Arizona by 14

Buffalo by 3

Seattle by 27

Denver by 13

Green Bay by 10

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:28 PM on September 23

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

Dammit, missed the Chiefs-Broncos game. I blame this new-fangled Thursday football thing.

Carolina by six.

Pittsburgh by 14.

New Orleans by 27.

Detroit by 10.

Arizona by 14.

Buffalo by three.

Bengals by three.

Tennessee by 17.

Atlanta by seven.

St. Louis by 10. (stone cold lock)

Miami by 13.

Baltimore by 24.

Dallas by one.

Green Bay by three.

Indianapolis by seven.

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:30 PM on September 18

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

Pittsburgh by four

Indianapolis by 13 (stone cold lock)

Green Bay by 14

St. Louis by one

N.Y. Jets by 10

Miami by 11

Carolina by 9

Kansas City by six

Arizona by six

San Diego by seven

Denver by 14

Cincinnati by nine

Tennessee by seven

Dallas by 20

Atlanta by 10

Minnesota by 12.

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:21 PM on September 08

SpoFil NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

I'm well out of this now, but what the heck:

Win - Warriors. I don't think even the refs can make this series close.

Games - five.

MVP - Curry

Rebounds - T. Thompson

Assists - LeBron

Free Throw Attempts - LeBron

Steals - Curry

Blocks - Bogut

Fouls - T. Thompson

Turnovers - Irving

3-pt % - K. Thompson

Techs - six

Largest MOV - 22 points

Triple doubles - three

Total points - 145

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:29 PM on June 04

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

Atlanta Hawks in four. Cleveland Cavaliers in four. Chicago Bulls in six. Washington Wizards in six.

Golden State Warriors in six. Dallas Mavericks in seven. San Antonio Spurs in six. Portland Trailblazers in seven.

Eastern Conference player: LeBron. Western Conference player: Anthony Davis. Ejection: Matt Barnes 27.5

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:00 AM on April 17

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

I appreciate the effort you put into that, hincandenza. Your data definitely makes this all less clear-cut in my mind. Thank you.

posted by Goyoucolts at 01:37 AM on January 23

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

There is a handy calculator for doing Gay-Lussac's Law temperature vs pressure problems on line. I ran the numbers assuming a beginning temperature of 30C (303.15 Kelvin) and an ending temperature of 10C (283.15 Kelvin), and a beginning pressure of 12.5 psi.

The temperature arguments are interesting (even if I barely passed my physics courses back in college), but a former NFL referee said that when the balls for both teams were checked at halftime only the New England ones were deflated.

If the weather conditions are to blame for the sudden deflation of all 12 of the Pats' footballs, 11 of which were severally underinflated, how is it possible the Indy balls all checked out?

posted by Goyoucolts at 10:44 PM on January 22

Patriots crush Colts in the rain

Ugh, come on man, that's just an absurd accusation.

I wasn't accusing anyone of anything, and as I said above, it clearly wouldn't have had an outcome on the game. There were plenty of caveats in my post.

As far as losing in a blowout... got to disagree with you. The Colts have looked thoroughly outclassed by the Patriots for three consecutive seasons. It's not been because they were outsmarted, or because NE has more talent. For whatever reason, Indy's current coaching staff has been utterly unable to stop the Pats from running the football down their throats. So no, I'd have liked to see a somewhat close game just as a sign of improvement.

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:32 PM on January 19

Patriots crush Colts in the rain

Speaking of Belicheat, there is a report that the Patriots were deflating footballs against the Colts on Sunday.

Not that it had any outcome on the game (deflated footballs weren't letting Blount gouge Indy for massive chunks of yardage). Just leaves a sour taste in my mouth, if true.

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:29 AM on January 19

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Conference Championship Round

Green Bay by 7.

Indy by 3.

Most points: Indy.

Most passing yards: Andrew Luck.

Most rushing yards: Marshawn Lynch

Most receiving yards: Jordy Nelson

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:05 PM on January 16

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest, Wild Card Round

Carolina by 6

Pittsburgh by 13

Dallas by 16

Indy by 9

Dallas Cowboys

Andrew Luck

Brandon Carr

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:48 PM on January 03

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

Title: Arsenal

Top Four: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Man U

Best Champions League Showing for an English Team: Manchester City

Relegated: Crystal Palace, Burnley, West Brom.

Top Scorer: Daniel Sturridge

Most Assists: Mesut Ozil

Most clean sheets (team): Chelsea

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:17 PM on August 15

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

It's about his tarnished image. LeBron is tired of being the villain and wants to be the hero again. He got his championships, so now people can't criticize him for not being a winner, which weighed on him before he left.

Exactly. This is a legacy PR move if I ever saw one. Stephen A. Smith getting on the air and claiming Bron as the most beloved athlete in the world after he returned and that audio clip of the Cleveland talkshow hosts pretty much sums up the situation.

But beyond that, I disagree that there were other, better young teams out there, rcade. I'm higher on Waiters and Irving than some, I suppose, but I feel Cleveland is pretty stacked talent-wise for an East team. Thompson and Wiggins are nothing to sneeze at either. Provided Blatt can coach the Cavs are going to be good for a long time, even if a couple other viable options were out there. Better destinations for LeBron would have been Chicago (which could only scrape together $73 million for Melo's offer) or Dallas (not exactly a young team built for long-term winning).

As for maximizing his money, why is LeBron the only guy who signed this sort of deal? Why isn't every agent recommending their clients take short-term deals? I'd be more inclined to look at how much cap space the Knicks are clearing next year when Stoudemire and Bargnani come off the books. LeBron DID want to play with Melo...

Anyone can write a nice letter, especially if they have a professional journalist help them tweak it. But all the other factors (leaving Wade out of his guaranteed money, picking the best young team to return to, the calculated deal that allows him to duck out after a season if he doesn't start winning, meeting with seven other teams beforehand) makes this look like a business and PR decision, not some reconciliation.

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:40 PM on July 13

LeBron James Returning to Cleveland

Not only did LeBron talk to seven other teams, he also only signed a two-year deal with Cleveland... one of which is a player option.

What a guy.

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:21 PM on July 12

Rutgers' coach Mike Rice Berates Players at Practice

I'm with tahoemoj. How has no one snapped? Maybe coldcocking wouldn't have happened (though I'd argue it's warranted), but I'm amazed there hasn't been some sort of Texas Tech/Billy Gillispie fallout here: mass transfers, or at least the players coming together and resisting or reporting the abuse.

Clearly, this guy needs to be out of coaching ASAP.

posted by Goyoucolts at 04:09 AM on April 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Chris Kluwe is an Internet legend because he tries really, really, really hard to be an Internet legend.

He's like Chad Ochocinco Johnson, but with World of Warcraft and flame wars with Peter King instead of touchdown celebrations and an orange mohawk. Ehhhh.

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:27 PM on March 09

Idaho Lets Man Sue Over Foul Ball Injury

and see a man drive himself into heart attack mode.

Something tells me it isn't just your talking points driving the big-time McD exec into heart attack mode...

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:19 PM on March 01

49ers Have Deal to Trade Alex Smith

I feel really bad for Alex Smith. He went through countless offensive coordinators in San Fran, played without decent receivers, put up with Singletary, finally had a good season after a quarterback-loving head coach who understood him took over, and was in the midst of leading the Niners to another NFC championship game when some upstart youngster snagged his starting gig (and only because he sat out ONE GAME with a concussion).

What a bum deal. I wish him the best wherever he lands.

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:33 PM on February 28

Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend was... fake?

This has to be something Te'o was in on. Stories like this poke huge holes in the "I was taken advantage of by scam artists" argument. If he met her online and had a strictly Internet relationship created by a couple of con guys, how does he explain meeting her?

Obvious rationales behind the falsehood are to curry Heisman votes or cover up something else. Either way, pretty unconscionable.

posted by Goyoucolts at 07:02 PM on January 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I was hoping the Jets would force a safety, get the ball back and miss a game-winning FG... but this was almost as good.

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:58 PM on December 17

The San Antonio Spurs send some players home

The Spurs have the best record in the Western Conference after tonight's overtime victory over the Grizzlies. Just food for thought....

posted by Goyoucolts at 11:39 PM on December 01

College Player Scores 138 Points In A Game

This article makes it seem like there was an intentional effort made to get the kid the record. Teammates wide open under the hoop but passing out for a three? Cherry-picking? Allowing the other team to score to get the ball back faster? This clearly isn't basketball.

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:57 PM on November 21

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, LCS Edition

Tigers in 5. Cards in 6. Verlander and Carpenter David Freese

posted by Goyoucolts at 06:43 PM on October 13

Jim Tressel Resigns

Unfortunately, these means that Tressel will most likely be taking the rap, rather than the program as a whole. Here's an interesting article from SI that argues that very point.

This isn't to say that I think Tressel should stay, as he deserved to be let go. But his resignation/firing might cloud the ensuing NCAA ruling.

posted by Goyoucolts at 12:24 PM on May 30

Peyton Manning Tanks Concussion Tests

I'd just like to point out that the actual interview in question was an informal sit-down chat between Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, and ESPN writer (and known funny-man) Rick Reilly. For anyone with knowledge of Reilly's work (or even just from reading the original article) realizes that the chances of this being a serious answer to an open-ended question are very slim.

With that in mind, this reads more like a joke with a hidden grain of truth than a "whiny control freak" spouting off. As for making Manning look foolish, I suppose it could... but then again, context is everything. I know I've said and done things with my buddies and/or family members that might look or sound odd or are embarrassing from an outsider's perspective. But if said comment or action is prefaced the right way (which I believe this comment was), it's humorous.

posted by Goyoucolts at 03:10 PM on April 27