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rcade
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Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: April 30, 2016
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2452 links and 11329 comments to SportsFilter and 85 links and 687 comments to the Locker Room and 8 columns.

Sports Bio

I follow the teams from Dallas-Fort Worth because I grew up with them, but I've adopted the Jacksonville Jaguars, the only pro team my new hometown is ever likely to get. The most memorable sporting event I attended live was game 6 of the NBA Western Conference finals in 1988 at Reunion Arena -- Mavericks vs. Lakers -- when Mark Aguirre and his prodigious caboose received half the game MVP award, and the 17,007 fans in attendance received the other half.

Recent Links

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2: The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight at 7 p.m. EDT when the Islanders play the Lightning, even though the Predators and Ducks haven't finished their first-round series. The matchups are Stars vs. Blues, Islanders vs. Lightning, Capitals vs. Penguins, and Sharks vs. Predators or Ducks.

posted by rcade to hockey at 08:40 AM on April 27 - 24 comments

The Secret History of Tiger Woods: ESPN scribe Wright Thompson has penned a fascinating, sympathetic piece on the fall of Tiger Woods that tells an insider story with no help at all from the golfer. Before reading it I wasn't aware of how much his wish-fulfillment Navy SEAL training might have contributed to the ruptured ACL in his left knee that changed the trajectory of his career in 2007. One of many interesting quotes, from golfer Mark O'Meara: "If Tiger was around other professional athletes, storytelling would always have a nature of one-upmanship. If Tiger was around some sort of active or retired military personnel, he was all ears. He was genuinely interested in what they had to say. Any time he told a military-related story that he had heard or talked about a tactic he had learned, he had a smile on his face. I can't say that about anything else."

posted by rcade to golf at 07:05 PM on April 23 - 1 comment

ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Anti-Transgender Post: It took Curt Schilling a while, but he's finally gotten himself fired from his ESPN broadcasting job for inflammatory social media antics. He shared an offensive anti-transgender meme on Facebook, made a crude anatomical comment and then doubled down. By one count, it was the seventh time his social media activities became an issue. "ESPN is an inclusive company," the network announced. "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated."

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:55 PM on April 20 - 3 comments

Giants' John Mara: NFL May Dump Kickoffs: "We're not at the point where we want to take the kickoff out of the game completely, although we may be moving in that direction. ... It still does remain an exciting play, but it's also a dangerous play. Obviously concussions are on the top of our list in terms of our concerns for the game going forward." -- New York Giants co-owner John Mara, a member of the NFL Competition Committee

posted by rcade to football at 01:29 PM on April 20 - 5 comments

NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms: In a first for the top 4 U.S. pro sports, the NBA announced Friday that it has approved the sale of advertising on team uniforms in a three-year experiment. The ads will take the form of 2.5-inch square patches tailored to a sponsor's logo. "Jersey sponsorships provide deeper engagement with partners looking to build a unique association with our teams and the additional investment will help grow the game in exciting new ways," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who makes it sound so brandtastic the league should be doing it for free.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:54 PM on April 15 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

I emailed the round 1 players who haven't shown up yet.

posted by rcade at 06:56 PM on April 30

SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.

San Antonio in 5

Cleveland in 6

Golden State in 7

Technical foul: DeAndre Jordan

Three-pointers: Kyle Korver

posted by rcade at 02:06 PM on April 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Lightning in 6

Capitals in 6

Stars in 7

Sharks in 5

Scorer: Benn

Goalie: Bishop

Power play: Stars

Goals per game: Capitals

posted by rcade at 01:26 PM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Billsaysthis, Jagsnumberone: Your email addresses here bounce.

posted by rcade at 09:40 AM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

*NHL*

NHL, NFL, same thing right?

posted by rcade at 09:18 AM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Pick the four teams that will advance and the number of games each series will require. One extra point on winners for getting the number of games correct.

One point for picking one of the top three goal scorers in this round.

One point for picking the starting goalie with the best save percentage.

One point for picking the team with the best power play percentage.

One point for picking the team that scores the most goals per game.

Preliminary Standings After Round 1

Score
Ufez Jones8
billsaysthis8
tahoemoj8
tommytrump7
grum@work7
ic23b7
bender7
jagsnumberone6
NoMich6
MrFrisby6
rcade5
rumple5
cixelsyd5
Howard_T5
holden4
MeatSaber3

If you pick the Sharks vs. Predators/Ducks series before game 7 tonight, you can change it tomorrow based on the outcome and I'll update your picks accordingly.

Round 1 Results

Stars in 6

Blues in 7

Sharks in 5

Islanders in 6

Lightning in 5

Capitals in 6

Penguins in 5

Ducks and Predators to be determined

Top Western Conference scorers: 5: Pavelski, 4: Benn, Spezza, Pominville, Shaw, Tarasenko

Top Eastern scorers: 5: Tavares, 4: Kucherov, R. Smith

posted by rcade at 08:53 AM on April 27

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

The Patriots were punished for SpyGate. The Saints were punished for BountyGate. The Falcons were punished for CrowdNoiseGate. The Patriots were punished for DeflateGate.

Goodell is a hack, but there's nothing unprecedented about a team being punished with the NFL Commissioner acting as the ultimate authority. That is how a sports league is supposed to work, not endless court cases.

posted by rcade at 05:27 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

So basically, if Goodell wakes up tomorrow with a bad hair day, he can choose to suspend Tony Romo of the Cowboys for an entire year, and fine him 3x his annual salary, just because.

I think the ruling explicitly tries to avoid letting the commissioner do anything he wants. It just states his authority over matters like this is extremely broad in the CBA.

From the ruling:

Our obligation is limited to determining whether the arbitration proceedings and award met the minimum legal standards established by the Labor Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. 141 et seq. (the "LMRA").We must simply ensure that the arbitrator was "even arguably construing or applying the contract and acting within the scope of his authority" and did not "ignore the plain language of the contract." ...

As long as the award "draws its essence from the collective bargaining agreement' and is not merely the arbitrator's own brand of industrial justice,'" it must be confirmed.

I will be surprised if the commissioner's authority becomes a major issue in the next CBA. It doesn't seem like a hill most players will feel like dying on. Only a small number of players get a significant punishment each year.

posted by rcade at 03:27 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

Calling it a "good idea" was my way of saying Goodell would never do it. He is a blight on all Rogers.

posted by rcade at 02:08 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

When the court overruled Goodell, I was surprised. I did not expect a judge to deny a league commissioner's authority to decide a player disciplinary matter covered by the collective bargaining agreement. This appeals ruling makes more sense to me. Courts like to avoid getting involved in situations that were decided through an arbitration process agreed to by both parties.

Now that a court has affirmed the NFL commissioner's authority, it would be a good idea for Goodell to offer to cut the suspension in half in exchange for Brady and Kraft's agreement to support that suspension and let the court fight end.

posted by rcade at 12:29 PM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

If Brady misses the games against Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo, I think the Patriots go 3-1 or 2-2. Arizona and Buffalo are the toughest opponents, but they get Buffalo at home.

posted by rcade at 11:58 AM on April 25

Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension Reinstated for DeflateGate

This news coincides with stories that Tom Brady is No. 1 in uniform sales in the NFL.

posted by rcade at 11:53 AM on April 25

Giants' John Mara: NFL May Dump Kickoffs

Is there a way to do a kickoff with staggered lines of scrimmage with 2 or 3 players of each team on them, so nobody is running a great distance before an initial collision with an opponent?

posted by rcade at 03:11 PM on April 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The refs had a bad game. I don't see how you give West Ham that penalty and don't give Leicester City the penalty on the Huth drag-down. But the scales were balanced later.

posted by rcade at 09:45 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That Leicester/West Ham game was incredible.

posted by rcade at 07:31 PM on April 17