Recent Posts by rcade

June 19

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves: Several huge rules changes are being debated by the International Football Association Board, a rules maker for world soccer. Some ideas: Switch to timed, 30-minute halves; only blow the whistle to end a half- or full-time when the ball goes out of play; and use ABBA order on penalty kicks instead of ABAB.

posted by rcade to soccer at 12:23 PM - 10 comments

June 18

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers: The Boston Celtics have traded the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 pick this year and the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first-round pick (if it falls from 2-5) or the 76ers 2019 first-round pick from the Sacramento Kings (if it doesn't). I love the smell of complicated draft trade conditionals in the morning.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:36 AM - 11 comments

June 12

SportsFilter NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: rcade: The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators in 6 games to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. In SportsFilter's NHL Pick 'Em contest the winner is, well, me. Hooray for me! I've won a one year subscription to Hockey News. Cixelsyd hoists the Costanza.

posted by rcade to hockey at 01:06 AM - 11 comments

June 04

Rock Climber Scales El Capitan with No Gear: Alex Honnold, 31, has climbed Yosemite's El Capitan wall without ropes or safety gear, a feat that could be the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of ever. Honnold says on his website that he lives a "'dirtbag-climber' existence" in a van chasing vertical glory.

posted by rcade to extreme at 11:06 AM - 6 comments

May 31

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals: The NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers begin Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern. ic23b leads with 28 points followed by three players at 27. Pick the NBA champion and the number of games played, plus five bonus categories. The winner receives NBA 2K17.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:25 AM - 14 comments

May 29

Legendary Sportswriter Frank Deford Dies: Frank Deford died Sunday in his Key West, Florida, home at age 78. He wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1962 to 2017 and in the first two decades at that job defined the word "sportswriter" for many of our younger selves. Some of us also recall him for The National, a glorious, short-lived attempt at a national newspaper of sport. He also contributed to Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and NPR. In recent years he became known for his hatred of soccer, a lamentable old-man crankypants posture unworthy of his reputation.

posted by rcade to general at 07:07 PM - 7 comments

May 28

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final: The Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins begins Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC. Pick the winner and number of games required and 8 (count 'em, 8) bonus categories. The winner receives a one-year subscription to Hockey News.

posted by rcade to hockey at 01:49 PM - 18 comments

May 22

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3: The Boston Celtics, playing as 16.5-point underdogs without star Isaiah Thomas, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Avery Bradley sunk a three-pointer with a second remaining for the win, the biggest playoff upset in 20 years as measured by the betting line.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:47 AM - 6 comments

May 18

England Adds Post-Match Bans for Diving: Next season, the Football Association in the U.K. will put an ex-manager, ex-player and ex-referee in separate rooms to watch incidents where a player dives. If they all agree the player tricked a match official, the player gets a two-game ban and the red or yellow card given out for the incident is rescinded. The change applies at all levels. In other football news, sigh.

posted by rcade to soccer at 02:02 PM - 5 comments

May 13

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round: The third round of the NBA playoffs begins Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern with the Celtics/Wizards second-round series still to be decided on Monday. Ufez Jones leads with 22 followed by bender at 21 and three others at 20. Pick the two teams that will advance to the NBA Finals and the number of games each series will require: San Antonio vs. Golden State and Cleveland vs. the Boston/Washington winner. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Two more points for picking the top points scorer in each series (total points) and top rebounder (total rebounds). The winner receives NBA 2K17.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:49 PM - 11 comments

May 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round: The third round of the NHL playoffs begin tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. Rumple's lead grows to 6 points, while Cixelsyd vies for the coveted Costanza. Pick the two teams that will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and the number of games each series will require: Nashville vs Anaheim and Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. One extra point apiece for picking the top points scorer in each series and the goalie with the best save percentage (minimum two starts). The winner receives a one-year subscription to Hockey News.

posted by rcade to hockey at 12:14 PM - 14 comments

April 30

Golf's Army of TV Rules Tattletales Just Lost Some Power: The United States Golf Association and Royal & Ancient have adjusted the rules of golf, normally revised every four years, in response to the Lexi Thompson traveshamockery. The Christian Science Monitor explains: "a player can avoid a penalty if the violation could not be noticed with the naked eye. In the other, officials can eliminate penalties if they feel players made a 'reasonable judgment' in taking a drop or replacing their golf balls on the putting green."

posted by rcade to golf at 05:45 PM - 6 comments

April 29

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round: The second round of the NBA playoffs begin Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern, even though the Jazz/Clippers first round series isn't finished. Four players share the lead at 15 points. Pick the four teams that will advance out of the round and the number of games each series will require: San Antonio vs. Houston, Boston vs. Washington, Cleveland vs. Toronto and Golden State vs. the Utah/Los Angeles Clippers winner. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking the top points scorer in each series. The winner receives NBA 2K17.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:56 PM - 10 comments

April 25

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round: The second round of the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Rumple is in the lead with 10 points. Pick the four teams that will advance out of the round and the number of games each series will require: Nashville vs. St. Louis, Edmonton vs. Anaheim, New York Rangers vs. Ottawa and Pittsburgh vs. Washington. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking the top points scorer in each series. The winner receives a one-year subscription to Hockey News.

posted by rcade to hockey at 01:49 PM - 15 comments

April 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Today: The NBA playoffs begin today at 3 p.m. Eastern. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require: Indiana vs. Cleveland, Milwaukee vs. Toronto, Memphis vs. San Antonio, Utah vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta vs Washington, Portland vs. Golden State, Chicago vs Boston and Oklahoma City vs. Houston. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking the top scorer in each series (total points scored). The winner receives NBA 2K17.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:54 AM - 11 comments

April 12

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight: The NHL playoffs begin tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require: Boston vs. Ottawa, Columbus vs. Pittsburgh, San Jose vs. Edmonton, New York Rangers vs. Montreal, St. Louis vs. Minnesota, Toronto vs. Washington, Calgary vs. Anaheim and Nashville vs. Chicago. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking one of the three top goal scorers in this playoff round. The winner receives a one-year subscription to Hockey News.

posted by rcade to hockey at 11:23 AM - 16 comments

April 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition: This season's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em on SportsFilter concludes with a short four-game week. With a 52-point week, Goyoucolts has a 32-point lead at 772. Barring an Altlanta Falcons flop, this one's all over but the crying. There is an unexpected race for the Costanza, thanks to my -24 and Bender's 68 combining for a 92-point shift. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:56 PM - 12 comments

April 06

EFL Requires Clubs to Put Home-Grown Player on Squad: The England Football League has passed a rule that requires clubs to put one "club-developed player" on their matchday squad. The player must have spent at least 12 months with the club before the end of their under-19 season. Clubs that don't will be allowed six substitutes instead of seven.

posted by rcade to soccer at 05:27 PM - 2 comments

April 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition: In SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em there are nine nationally televised NBA games to pick this week, beginning with Cleveland going to Boston tonight on ESPN. Goyoucolts continues to hold on to first place at 720, followed by Howard_T at 711 and Ufez Jones at 710. I won the week with 56 despite two blown locks. Make your selections.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:45 PM - 18 comments

National Review Takes on NFL Relocation Shakedowns: In the conservative National Review, Jonathan Tobin tackles NFL relocation scams: "[W]hile any sports fan understands the sadness felt in Oakland and the happiness in Las Vegas, the reaction from taxpayers in the two places should be quite different. Those of Oakland should be cheering their government's refusal to be shaken down by the NFL, while the people of Nevada ought to be up in arms about the way they are about to be fleeced by billionaires."

posted by rcade to football at 10:12 AM - 8 comments

March 31

Penn State Trustee 'Running Out of Sympathy' for Victims: Penn State is competing with Baylor for most despicable institution embroiled in a controversy over sexual misconduct. Trustee Albert Lord just wrote in a letter, "Running out of sympathy for 35-year-old, so-called victims with seven-digit net worth. Do not understand why they were so prominent in trial." Former school president Spanier was convicted last week of child endangerment over the school covering up decades of abuse of children by former coach Jerry Sandusky. The school has paid $93 million to more than 30 of his victims.

posted by rcade to general at 02:07 PM - 5 comments

March 29

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: Better Not Rest Your Starters Edition: This week's nationally televised games begin tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern with Spurs/Warriors. With only two weeks left in the NBA season, Goyoucolts leads the SportsFilter Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em at 680, followed closely by Ufez Jones at 674 and Howard_T at 672. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:15 PM - 16 comments

March 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: J.J. Barea Will Smash Edition: There are six national TV games to pick in SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, beginning with tonight's Hawks/Bucks game on NBA TV. NoMich wins the week with 52 points. Goyoucolts leads the competition with 649 points, followed closely by Howard_T at 636 and Ufez Jones at 618. I had another rough week, as if you cared. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:54 PM - 16 comments

March 21

Chicago Fire Sign Bastian Schweinsteiger: Only three years removed from a start in a World Cup Final victory, Bastian Schweinsteiger has become the latest big name to move to the MLS, signing a one-year, $4.5 million designated player contract with the Chicago Fire with a second-year option. Schweinsteiger wasn't in Jose Mourinho's plans since he took over at Manchester United and hadn't played a Premier League game this season, but he had a goal and an assist in an FA Cup match in January.

posted by rcade to soccer at 09:19 AM - 9 comments

March 16

AFC Wimbledon Still Not Over MK Dons Taking Club: For the first time, AFC Wimbledon hosted a match against MK Dons, the club formed when Wimbledon FC was bought and moved to Milton Keynes. Tuesday's match program only called the visitors "Milton Keynes," omitting the Dons name that was kept in the franchise move. MK Dons owner Pete Winkleman, blocked from the director's box, sat with the team's supporters. AFC Wimbledon, formed by fans 15 years ago after their club was lost, won 2-0.

posted by rcade to soccer at 01:14 PM - 4 comments