NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition: The NFL week begins on Thanksgiving with three games in one day -- something our forefathers only could dream about. Philadelphia visits Detroit, Carolina visits Dallas and Chicago visits Green Bay. In our competition, Tommytrump continues to lead the rest of us turkeys. Make your picks, lock your lock and don't bogart the gravy bowl.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 5: Week 5 begins (and ends) Tuesday with Hawks/Celtics and Lakers/Warriors, the only nationally televised games of the holiday week. First prize in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest is an official ABA game ball.
Meet Leroy Stolzfus, the Amish Marathoner: Leroy Stolzfus finished the Harrisburg Marathon in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 45 seconds, less than a minute away from the qualifying time for the Boston Marathon. What makes the 22-year-old's run unusual is that he's Amish and did it in slacks, a long-sleeve button down shirt and suspenders. "I'll get there," he said of Boston. "I just got to train a little harder, learn how to not go out too quickly and negative split more."
Baylor Takes College Football Belt from Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State didn't hold on long to the College Football Belt, the sport's always-on-the-field championship game. In their second defense, the Cowboys lost 45-35 to the Baylor Bears, who hadn't won in Stillwater since 1939. Third-string quarterback Chris Johnson came off the bench and contributed two long TD passes and a TD run with under 3 minutes left. This is the fifth time the Bears have hoisted the Belt. They play at TCU and home against Texas to finish the regular season.
Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 13: The Premier League weekend begins early Saturday when Watford visit those lovable upstarts Manchester United. Hillbilly F.C. keeps first place, leading Liquid Football by 11. But that story's importance is second to the news that my F.C. Conestoga had a week-best 67 points. I did not curse Jamie Vardy by adding him, as I feared would happen. The Leicester unstoppable goal machine's captain-doubled 18 and Man U midfielder Juan Mata's 9 led the squad. For this week, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is most-added and West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet most-dropped. Good luck to all, but primarily me.
Jacksonville: The Happiest 4-6 Fans in the NFL: The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 19-13 Thursday night, the third win in four games for the woebegone franchise. Blake Bortles and the offense went nowhere until 4:13 remained in the fourth, when fresh-off-the-IR rookie Rashad Greene ran a punt 63 yards to the 5 and set up the first Jaguars touchdown. A sack of Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota as time expired secured the win.
Bill Belichick Refuses to Be NFL's Fashion Model: NFL coaches in recent weeks have been wearing military-drab versions of team gear, complete with camouflage and muted logos that are for sale in the NFL Shop in a Salute to Service (But Mostly Commerce!). One NFL coach isn't playing along. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hasn't even worn a military version of his Hoodie.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition: The NFL week begins Thursday night as the Tennessee Titans visit the Jacksonville Jaguars for another Nike Color Rush uni-palooza. Tommytrump continues to lead our contest after a week in which three of us scored 0 points! Make your picks, lock your lock and do the opposite of what you did last week.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 4: Week 4 begins tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest, a game to pick the winners of nationally televised games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. New players welcome. First prize is an official ABA game ball.
Holly Holm Knocks Out Ronda Rousey in Huge UFC Upset: Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to take the UFC women's bantamweight championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday night. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports called it "arguably the biggest upset in UFC history" and said Rousey "was never in the fight." Vegas took a big hit on the fight after giving Holm bettors 6-to-1 odds.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition: This week's NFL games kick off Thursday with Buffalo visiting the New York Football Jets. On Sunday, undefeated New England plays the team that kills its dreams, the New York Football Giants. Tommytrump leads the SportsFilter league by 10. Make your picks, lock your lock and don't knock out your brother at a Cowboys game.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 3: There's a light four-game schedule this week beginning tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. DeAndre Jordan visits Dallas and LaMarcus Aldridge visits Portland to bring out a great susurration of boo birds. We pick winners and the spread every week in national TV games and new players are welcome. First prize is the greatest basketball in known history.
Colts Out of Luck as QB Suffers Lacerated Kidney: During Sunday's win over the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and partial abdominal muscle tear, injuries that won't require surgery but will keep him out as many as six weeks. USA Today scribe Lindsay H. Jones blames Colts GM Ryan Grigson for Luck taking a beating this season behind a poor offensive line. "Long-term, Grigson can't keep living this dangerously with his quarterback," Jones fulminates.
Oklahoma State Takes College Football Belt From TCU: After 371 days, the College Football Belt has changed hands. Oklahoma State defeated TCU 49-29 Saturday night, ending the Horned Frogs' title reign after 14 consecutive victories. Both teams were undefeated leading into their sport's real championship game, which has been decided on the field since 1972. The Cowboys have twice been the Belt holder, for two games in 2008 and one in 2013. They visit Iowa State next week, then play at home against Baylor and Oklahoma. TCU's 14-game run was the longest for a champion since Miami's 32 straight from 2000 to 2003.
Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 12: The Premier League weekend opens early Saturday with Bournemouth at Newcastle. In SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League Hillbilly F.C. retakes the lead from Polo XI. The week's best score comes from bottom-of-table Garland Bombers, whose 97 points were led by Everton forward Arouna Koné's captain-doubled 40 and Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez's 15. The Bombers began the season a week late and are creeping up on Outlaws FC.
NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition: Week nine of the NFL season begins Thursday night with Cleveland going on the road against Cincinnati in the battle of Ohio. On Sunday, 6-2 Atlanta visits 2-6 San Francisco and the hometown heroes start Blaine Gabbert at QB and bench Colin Kaepernick. In our SportsFilter Pick 'Em, Tommytrump takes an eight-point lead as we near the halfway mark. Make your picks, lock your lock and watch out for errant Gabbert passes.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 2: Week 2 begins Wednesday in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest, a game to pick the winners of nationally televised games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. New players welcome. First prize is an official ABA game ball.
Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Make Mike Mularkey Interim Coach: The Tennessee Titans have fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt. He was 3-20 leading the team, which has begun this season 1-6. The team's defense has improved to 5th this season after being 27th last year, but the offense has been abysmal, scoring one touchdown and 13 points the past nine quarters. "There's not much I can say," he told reporters after Sunday's loss. Former Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey becomes the interim head coach.
Steve Williams: Tiger Woods Treated Me Like a Slave: Bitter former Tiger Woods caddie Steve Williams has written a memoir in which he offers this specific complaint: "One thing that really pissed me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up. I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club, it was like I was his slave." Williams made an estimated $6 million in the job he compares to slavery.
Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 11: Premier League play begins early Saturday with Chelsea at Liverpool. In the SportsFilter league PoloXI holds onto first place for a third week, 12 points ahead of Hillbilly F.C. Hagfish scores a week-best 72 with nine of the starting 11 scoring 5 or more. Top pickups this week: Spurs forward Harry Kane, Leicester forward Jamie Vardy and West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet. I just picked up Vardy, which is a bad omen for his future success.
Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player: After signing a $44-million contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, 24-year-old NBA player John Henson wanted to buy his first Rolex watch so he called Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, to see what time they closed. They called 911 and claimed the call was suspicious, then locked their doors. He went back three days later. They saw him and locked their doors again. "I don't want them to see me out there," a worker said during a 911 call. "We're pretending like we're closed."
NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night: We're nearing the halfway point in the regular season and the NFL Pick 'Em contest. The eighth week begins with the suddenly feisty Miami Dolphins going to New England on Thursday night. London draws another sub-par American export as 2-5 San Diego faces 1-6 Detroit. On Sunday night, Green Bay visits Denver for only the fourth meeting of 6-0 (or better) teams in NFL history. Make your picks and lock your lock.
Play SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em, Win Best Basketball Ever: SportsFilter is launching the first annual Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em contest, a game to pick the winners of nationally televised games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. The season starts Tuesday when Cleveland plays Chicago on TNT. First prize is an official ABA game ball.
U.S. Will Host 2016 Copa America Centenario: The United States will host the centennial 2016 Copa America, soccer's governing bodies for the Americas announced Friday afternoon. The tournament from June 3-26, 2016 will feature the 10 nations in South America's CONMEBOL along with invitees U.S. and Mexico. This is the first time the U.S. has ever hosted the event.
Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 10: This week's Premiership has no early Saturday game, so five games kicking off at 10 a.m. Eastern begin the festivities. In our league PoloXI stays in first, increasing his lead over Hillbilly F.C. from 6 to 19 points. Dover Divers scores a week-best 79 because of Arsenal midfielders Alexis Sanchez (a captain-doubled 20) and Mesut Ozil (12) and Leicester forward Jamie Vardy (13). The London tabloid Metro found somebody who had Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as vice captain and Daniel Sturridge as captain on a triple captain week. Sturridge sat and Wijnaldum scored 25 with four goals (20), 90 minutes (2) and a bonus -- so the lucky bastich nets 75 points.