Boston by 2
Golden State by 17 (LOCK n LOAD)
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:43 AM on November 24
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
Oklahoma City by 8
Chicago by 3
Cleveland by 14
Golden State by 6
San Antonio by 8
Golden State by 17 (slam dunk)
posted by Goyoucolts at 08:24 PM on November 18
I'd like to make Denver my lock, please. Totally forgot to note that.
posted by Goyoucolts at 08:44 PM on November 11
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
Clippers by 14
San Antonio by 6 (Phi Slama Jama)
Golden State by 18
Clippers by 8
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:32 PM on November 11
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
San Diego by 3
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:44 PM on November 04
Cleveland by 12 (Slam it home)
Clippers by 3
OKC by 14
Portland by 8
Pacers by 4
Houston by 10
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:14 PM on November 04
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
Miami by 3
Detroit by 6
Atlanta by 7
Minnesota by 10
Arizona by 17 (LOCK, STOCK AND BONUS POINTS)
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
Seattle by 6
Buffalo by 10
Minnesota by 7
Atlanta by 13 (Lock and load for triple points!)
New Orleans by 7
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
Cincinnati by 7
Denver by 10
Tennessee by 7
Washington by 3
Jacksonville by 10
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
I take it all back. Old Man Hasselbeck is a warrior.
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:32 PM on October 08
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
Indianapolis by 6 (stone cold lock)
Atlanta by 24
Buffalo by 14
Kansas City by 10
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
Baltimore by 10
Miami by 3
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
New York Giants by 3
Pittsburgh by 21 (stone cold lock)
San Diego by 17
New England by 27
Carolina by 6
Cincinnati by 7
Buffalo by 3
Seattle by 27
Denver by 13
Green Bay by 10
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:28 PM on September 23
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
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
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
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
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:00 AM on April 17
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
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
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
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
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
Carolina by 6
Pittsburgh by 13
Indy by 9
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:48 PM on January 03
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Tigers in 5.
Cards in 6.
Verlander and Carpenter
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:43 PM on October 13
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
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
Atheist totally hit this one out of the park, excellent points.
posted by Goyoucolts at 08:26 PM on October 15
Here's another take on it all...
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:10 PM on September 14
So did you honestly think the Heisman Committee would have let him keep the trophy? You were leading the charge in favor of it being "taken away." Bush realized that he was most likely going to lose the Heisman, and jumped the gun.
And being polite in your press conference doesn't hide the fact that he's giving back the trophy. In my mind, that's sticking it to the man. "Thanks, but no thanks." He's taken the most coveted individual award in college football and gave it back. That takes moxy. Look at the last line of his statement. "These are gifts that can't be taken away." Fact is, he won the Heisman on the field. Whether his name is or isn't affixed to the record is irrelevant. He gave a shout out to the people who voted for him, and acknowledged that his on-field accomplishments can't be denied.
As for disgracing himself, his school, etc... Debate will rage about that forever.
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:30 PM on September 14
Ah come on, rcade... I believe Bush's statement just about as much as I buy Tiger Wood's statement(s) after all his dirty laundry got aired. I think pholcomb has this one dead to rights. Bush got tired of the little power trips being played by the Committee, knew he was going to lose the trophy, and finally said "Fuck this, have the damn thing back already."
I mean, being the first Heisman winner to GIVE BACK the trophy sounds way better than being the first winner to have it TAKEN AWAY. Plus, he makes another good PR move by starting a foundation to support student athletes "and help them avoid some of the mistakes I made." Bush just turned a losing hand into a winning hand.
posted by Goyoucolts at 06:04 PM on September 14
Hahahahaha... Gotta love Reggie Bush sticking it to the man by giving back this trophy. "Y'all can have your little Heisman back... I'm just going to chill here with my Super Bowl ring."
This was the only possible way for Bush to embarrass the Heisman committee and the BCS system, and he took it. Much props.
posted by Goyoucolts at 05:48 PM on September 14
I think Vick is finally back, and the NFC East should take note. The Eagles have some scary weapons on offense and if it hadn't been for Philly's perpetual inability to move the chains in short down situations they'd have knocked off a supposed Super Bowl favorite. Give Mike and the offense some time to adjust, and Philly is going to start collecting some serious scalps.
posted by Goyoucolts at 03:38 PM on September 13
Looks like someone is channeling their inner Bradshaw...
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:32 PM on September 10
You know the old neighborhood cuss who sits on the porch and irritates everyone with "Back in my day" stories? Bradshaw has become that man. His shtick is getting really boring.
posted by Goyoucolts at 09:54 AM on September 05
Way to go, Lebron. After holding the NBA hostage for months, we were finally allowed to witness your free agency decision in the form of an orgasmic hour-long viewing experience. Would you settle for the money and fame and run to the Knicks? Would you follow in Michael Jordan's footsteps and turn the Chicago Bulls back into a championship-caliber team? Or would you show some appreciation and loyalty for the organization that drafted you and spent the last few years bending over backward to acquire the parts necessary to win you a ring and convince you to remain a Cleveland Cavalier?
Instead, the King chose to sign with the Miami Heat, joining new signee Chris Bosh and veteran Heat leader Dwayne Wade. Wow, Lebron, maybe you really don't care about the money. Maybe you are all about winning. Surely, the next three seasons will see the raising of three new championship banners in the Miama arena, joining the one Wade already earned back in 2006. The All-Star studded lineup will dominate the media, and give David Stern a new team to pit against his pet Laker squad. Since the Chosen One couldn't face Kobe in a final with the Cavs, he'll grab a couple of sidekicks in Wade and Bosh and really raise the NBA's revenue as part of its newest headline machine: Miami's Bigger Three!!!
Let me be the first to congratulate you, Lebron. This wheeze is a genius way to start your ring hunt off. It's guaranteed to win you a championship faster than Gollum can croak "My precious." However, it isn't a long-term option, as I'm sure you understand. It's not possible for two dominant personalities to co-exist happily for long, so when the inevitable Kobe-Shaq mama drama begins the Heat will side with you because, after all, you're the "face of the NBA." Oops, sorry Dwayne. You've gone and destroyed Wade's future in Miami, but what did he ever do for them anyway? Sticking with the organization that drafted you and winning them a championship with a team whose chemistry you helped build is an old-fashioned idea in these modern times. Winning IS everything, as you point out. The only team that still holds team values and leadership is San Antonio, and everyone knows that little backwater hasn't produced a compelling team in its entire history as a franchise. Hopefully, Wade will have the sense to respect your majestic ideals and continue his homage from whatever dark corner of the NBA he inhabits three years from now.
Here, let me dust off this throne for you. Oh, you wanted to write a thank you note to the Cleveland organization? I'd suggest something along these lines: "I'd like to thank the Cleveland fans and management for a great start to my career. I couldn't have become the best player in the NBA without you guys. Thanks to you too, Akron. My feigned loyalty to you helped build my credibility and brand, allowing me to build a reputation as not only the best player in the NBA, but also as a small-town kid who will always return to his roots. I'd like to extend my gratitude to Coach Brown. His firing allowed me to avoid the blame for the lack of championships I've brought the Cavaliers, and instead scapegoated him as the coach who couldn't win the big one, even with the best player in the NBA under his instruction. But the time now is for me to fulfill my destiny, and become the biggest and best thing that's ever happened to basketball. I'm going beyond being the best player in the NBA, as my second MVP trophy proved that topic to be SO last year. In Miami, I'm going to teach Dwayne Wade how to win. I'm going to lead him and Bosh to a few rings. Then I'm going to survey the league, locate the hottest talent, and go win a few more rings. I mean, the best player in the NBA should have at least eight rings. I figure that if I finish my career on an eight straight championship win streak, I'll be the best NBA player OF ALL TIME. Thanks again, bros, and the best of luck to Cleveland in the upcoming NBA season." That way, your heartfelt appreciation is made clear, and your net worth might go up a few million into the bargain.
Lebron James for President!!
An NBA fan
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:40 AM on July 09
Suarez certainly isn't feigning anything...
posted by Goyoucolts at 12:02 PM on July 03
If I'd been there I'd have done the same thing. Appalling performance. Rooney needs to stop whining and start scoring.
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:26 AM on June 19
Rick Reilly weighs in on this contriversial topic.
posted by Goyoucolts at 05:36 PM on June 15
"The British deserve that after declaring the Vancouver Olympics the worst ever after 4 days."
That's possibly because we only won a single gold medal this year... Jolly Green Giant and all that.
posted by Goyoucolts at 05:45 AM on May 20
"And my idea of Barbie as a role model for girls has changed a bit, too. Any gal that likes fishin' can't be all bad."
Cracked up just thinking about Barbie attempting to fish. Classic.
I remember when the Snoopy model was my first fishing rod... I think I still have the thing. Fairly useless (unless you want to just catch little sunfish) but I've been hooked on fishing ever since. Yes, that weak little pun was intended.
posted by Goyoucolts at 05:39 AM on May 20
Bobfoot, I think when teams ask loaded questions like that they're merely observing the reaction of the player. Dez Bryant was asked by several teams if his mother was a prostitute, and if she still sold drugs. Not exactly politically correct questions, but when you're about to invest millions in the crapshoot that is the draft you should have whatever information you deem important.
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:22 AM on April 23
God, my 13 year old sister could have written a more legible police report... that's a college student's handwriting?
posted by Goyoucolts at 10:48 PM on April 16
posted by Goyoucolts at 02:48 AM on February 08
Can the Wizards void his contract now? With Stern taking such a blase approach to the whole firearm insident, I think it'd be a lot harder for the Wizards to successfully argue that's it just cause.
"Yes, Mr. Stern only suspended him for the remainder of the year, but we'd like our $80 million back please."
Artest didn't get his contract voided, he just got traded. No one wants to pick up Arenas's ridiculous tad, so Washington is stuck with him.
So are the Wizards the real losers in this situation?
posted by Goyoucolts at 03:19 PM on January 28
Wow. And here was I picking the Vols as the dark horse to win the SEC next year...
posted by Goyoucolts at 11:30 PM on January 12
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