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Name: Rogers Cadenhead
Homepage URL: http://workbench.cadenhead.org/
Member since: January 23, 2002
Last visit: November 21, 2017
Status: editor

rcade has posted 2657 links and 11998 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

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition: A lighter schedule this week with just four national NBA games: Two on ESPN Wednesday and two on NBA Friday. None of them feature the 16-2 Boston Celtics. In the Pace Mannion, Ufez Jones takes first place back by a single point over, uh, me. NoMich climbs into third by winning the week. Make your picks and pass the gravy.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:08 PM on November 21 - 3 comments

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War: How did Jerry Jones take it when Roger Goodell told him about the decision to suspend Ezekiel Elliott for six games? ESPN quotes the phone call: "'I'm gonna come after you with everything I have,' Jones said. Then he mentioned Deflategate. 'If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a ----- compared to what I'm going to do.'"

posted by rcade to football at 12:27 PM on November 17 - 6 comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition: The NFL week begins tonight with an uncharacteristically good Thursday night game: The 6-3 Titans visit the 7-2 Steelers in what was once an AFC Central divisional game. In the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, jjzucal keeps first place at 663 but rumple (646) and Howard_T (639) make up considerable ground. Rumple wins the week with 110. Make your picks, and be sure to factor in the possibility that Jerry Jones will lose his NFL franchise in Dallas.

posted by rcade to football at 04:15 PM on November 16 - 31 comments

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition: The national NBA schedule begins tonight on ESPN when the underperforming Cavaliers visit the Charlotte Bobcats, er, Hornets. In SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, I win the week and take the lead at 125, followed by Ufez Jones 1 point back and Howard_T just 5. Our new player Scooby10672 opens strong with 25. Make your selections and enjoy the last shot LeBron James took at Phil Jackson.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:54 AM on November 15 - 9 comments

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament: U.S. Soccer and Soccer United Marketing are talking about hosting a tournament next year for ourselves, Italy, The Netherlands, Ghana, Chile, Cameroon and other nations that have opened up some unexpected free time in 2018.

posted by rcade to soccer at 10:22 AM on November 15 - 9 comments

Recent Comments

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

Normally this contest only includes games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. But in three weeks where there were under four games, I added some from NBA TV. The full season schedule is online, aside from flex scheduling changes later in the season.

posted by rcade at 03:15 PM on November 21

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

Peterman played high school in my county. He was talked up all week before the game as a promising rookie. Ouch.

posted by rcade at 12:49 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Given the cultural moment we're in, where the recognition of sexual abuse victims is at an all-time high, NBC's decision to use a registered sex offender in a Thanksgiving NFL game promo is unbelievable.

posted by rcade at 10:00 AM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

1) Jerry Jones


2) "America's Team"

Conceded, but it's kind of true when a team can be mostly mediocre for 20 years and still rank No. 1 in TV ratings and self-declared fan popularity in many surveys.

3) That damn midfield star

Heretic! The pentagram deserves respect.

4) League's dumbest mascot

I'm no fan of Rowdy, whose proportions are weird and face kind of terrifying. But I can't call him the worst in a world where Boltman exists.

5) Drew Pearson's NFL Draft speech

NO! Drew is magic on the mike.

posted by rcade at 01:59 PM on November 19

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Toronto by 3

Calgary by 12



posted by rcade at 12:58 PM on November 19

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

Would this conversation be occurring had the key suspensions been a second- or third-string quarterback or running back and not Tom Brady or Ezekiel Elliott?

I don't see that as hypocrisy. I see it as picking your battles. Losing a top talent is a big deal. The Cowboys could miss the playoffs because of Elliott's suspension. It makes a lot more sense for Jones to go to the battlements over that than if he lost the team's third-string QB.

Incidentally, Lucky Whitehead plays a role in the Elliott case. He either exchanged texts with Elliott's girlfriend (her story) or had sex with her while she was dating Elliott (Elliott's).

He was a good returner. It was a shame he got cut.

posted by rcade at 12:46 PM on November 18

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

The NFL didn't create a law enforcement branch because it wasn't allowed to enforce its own rule. Goodell did it to make the public think it took player discipline seriously after Ray Rice.

But I don't think it does take this seriously. Do fans have more confidence or less after DeflateGate and this Elliott suspension? It seems half-assed and capricious to me.

posted by rcade at 03:44 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

New rich owner.

posted by rcade at 02:39 PM on November 17

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations

Interesting idea, but I hope it doesn't increase the games we have to play against our own region. Playing scrubs can give a false impression of where we are talentwise (except when we lose to them and fail to qualify for a World Cup).

posted by rcade at 02:37 PM on November 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Billiricay Town, a team at the seventh level of English football, has a player payroll of 25,000 a week -- five times what most teams are paying at the 5th tier.

posted by rcade at 02:02 PM on November 17

ESPN: NFL On Brink of Civil War

The story says the NFL spent $22.5 million investigating Deflategate!

The Elliott case shows that Goodell can't run investigations competently. Kia Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, interviewed Elliott and his girlfriend six times and concluded that the girlfriend was not a credible witness. Roberts was then excluded from an advisory board that met to decide what action to take and Goodell allegedly wasn't even told of Roberts' conclusion before deciding on a punishment.

What's the point of hiring investigators if you're going to intentionally ignore their findings? The NFL's decision to create a shadow law enforcement branch inside the league headquarters is a mistake. It will make player disciplinary matters a bigger issue not a smaller one.

posted by rcade at 12:47 PM on November 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Tennessee by 3
Jacksonville by 13 <-- lock
Detroit by 7 <-- lock
Baltimore by 3
Miami by 6
L.A. Rams by 10
New Orleans by 8 <-- lock
Kansas City by 9 <-- lock
Arizona by 3
L.A. Chargers by 7
Cincinnati by 4
New England by 4
Philadelphia by 9
Seattle by 3

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on November 16

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

I think this is an attempt to find some of the revenue lost when the USMNT failed to qualify. FS1 announcers were kind of giddy about the notion last night, as you'd expect from the network with the misfortune to have paid top dollar for a Cup a big chunk of American fans will likely skip.

posted by rcade at 07:34 PM on November 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

Cleveland by 6
Philadelphia by 10
Golden State by 6
Houston by 18 <-- dunk
Oklahoma City by 4
Denver by 8

posted by rcade at 04:05 PM on November 15

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

I know it's sad, but I would totally watch this.

Is there a way a tournament like this could offer enough of a financial windfall for nations to send credible squads? It would be a joke at our expense to organize this, but we all are in the same desperate circumstance and need experience for our young prospects.

I watched the Portugal friendly. It was a weird experience. I have never seen a USMNT game that mattered so little in the present. Weston McKennie's goal was impressive, Matt Miazga is the real deal on defense and I liked how our young players kept such a high line.

I know it doesn't mean all that much to play decently against a lot of Portugal spares, but as a small step up from complete disaster I'll take it. We have a long road ahead to 2022.

posted by rcade at 03:28 PM on November 15