December 15, 2018

December 14, 2018

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever: A long, but excellent oral history from Bryan Curtis at The Ringer on how Fox went big for the NFL and ended up becoming the fourth major broadcast network in the process. Lots of fun nuggets in there, including the facts that (1) at the time John Madden signed with Fox for the 1994 NFL season, he was paid more annually than the highest paid NFL player, and (2) at the time it was introduced, people hated the "Fox Box" (the box containing the running clock and score at the top corner of the screen).

posted by holden to football at 02:08 PM - 5 comments

December 13, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition: With only three weeks left in the NFL season, the Chargers visit the Chiefs tonight and two more early games are played Saturday. In SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, Truthhurts climbs to a 44-point lead on a week-winning 64, followed by Tron7 and Ic23b. If you're having trouble believing you can still win this, keep this number in mind: 99.9%. It's the Patriots' win probability before the final play against Miami Sunday. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to football at 02:17 PM - 17 comments

December 12, 2018

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SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition: There are six national NBA games this week, beginning Wednesday night on ESPN when the first-place Thunder visit the Pelicans and ending Friday when they visit the Nuggets. In the Pace Mannion, I won the week and expanded my lead to 19, doing my best impression of a Slovenian in crunch time. NoMich ascends to second at 203 and Howard_T third at 199. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 02:45 PM - 12 comments

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time': "I had an argument with a coach in Triple-A about Babe Ruth's effectiveness in today's game. I said, 'Babe Ruth, with that swing, swinging that bat, I got him hitting .140 with eight homers.' "He was like, 'Are you nuts? Babe Ruth would hit .370 with 60 homers,' and I'm like, 'I would strike Babe Ruth out every time.'" -- Colorado Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino

posted by rcade to baseball at 02:09 PM - 6 comments

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SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition: Week 14 of the NFL season begins tonight with a game I will always view as a revenge opportunity for the 1999 AFC Championship Game: Jaguars vs. Titans. There's a new leader in the SportsFilter Pick 'Em for the first time in 10 weeks -- Truthhurts scored 72 to take an 11-point lead over Tron7. Ic23b stays in third. Jagsnumberone wins the week with 74. Make your picks and never get in a yelling match with a man who was born ornery and only got worse from there.

posted by rcade to football at 12:27 PM - 21 comments

December 05, 2018

December 04, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition: There are six national NBA games this week in the usual ESPN-TNT-ESPN pattern. The first tips off Wednesday night when Philly visits Toronto. We'll know a lot about the 17-8 Sixers after their two games, both on the road against hot teams that are conference title contenders. In the Pace Mannion, Florida Man is still in first, but Ufez has narrowed the lead to 14 and NoMich is in third. Howard_T wins the week with 30. Make your picks and never throw a hard bounce pass at this guy, even when he insults your mother.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:36 AM - 7 comments

Urban Meyer to Retire: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer plans to step down and will coach his final game in the Rose Bowl, sources told Yahoo Sports. A myriad of factors contributed to Meyer’s decision, but sources say foremost among them was his happiness with the state of the Ohio State program he inherited seven years ago. Meyer, 54, will be replaced by Ryan Day, the 39-year-old offensive coordinator who served as Ohio State’s interim coach earlier this season. Related Fun Big 10 Fact: no Big 10 football team has scored a single point in the college football playoff since Ohio State won the first CFB championship.

posted by NoMich to football at 08:56 AM - 4 comments

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November 30, 2018

Chiefs Cut Kareem Hunt After Video of Violence Against Woman: After TMZ released a video of him punching and kicking a woman in an altercation at a hotel, Kareem Hunt has been cut by the Kansas City Chiefs.

posted by rcade to football at 09:37 PM - 9 comments

November 29, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings: So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few Costanza. Also, the Stamps finally get around to actually winning a Grey Cup game. Final standings inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:17 PM - 6 comments

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: So Dumb He Punched a Helmet Edition: Week 13 of the NFL season begins with the New Orleans Saints taking I-10 to I-49 to I-20 to I-30 to play the Dallas Cowboys. In the NFL Pick 'Em shit just got real yo. Truthhurts chopped 24 points off Tron7's first-place lead by scoring 120. NoMich topped that with 122! Ic23b, anti-climactically, is in third. Make your picks and have a kind thought for the fantasy football owners and Jaguars fans who saw Leonard Fournette brawl his way out of a game he was dominating.

posted by rcade to football at 02:48 PM - 27 comments

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: Dončič Means 'Nowitzki' in German: The national slate of NBA games begins late this week. There are just two games tonight on TNT and two more tomorrow on ESPN. The top three stay the same in the Pace Mannion as all three of us scored 15. Make your picks and take a Luca at this highlight reel.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:00 PM - 11 comments

November 28, 2018

The Complications Surrounding the Copa Libertadores Final Unlike Any Other: After massive violence by River Plate fans led to the second leg being postponed, CONMEBOL and the clubs are struggling to find a way to get the game played. Will it even be played at all?

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 11:19 AM - 2 comments

November 27, 2018

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CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: We spend twenty-four weeks and spill countless pixels on these CFL picks, and we'd be farther ahead if back in June we'd just said what we were all thinking: "Calgary in the Grey Cup". Of course, they may still lose. Cross your fingers and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:12 PM - 10 comments

SportsFilter Has Moved to a New Server: If you are reading this, you're on the new Amazon EC2 server running SportsFilter. I moved it Friday morning to a server with more memory, hoping to eliminate the recent problem causing database crashes.

posted by rcade to general at 01:08 PM - 6 comments

November 21, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition: Thanksgiving Day has a trio of NFC divisional showdowns: Chicago/Detroit, Washington/Dallas and Atlanta/New Orleans. In SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, Tron7's lead has grown by 20 from a week-winning score of 68. Truthhurts stays in second and Ic23b climbs into third. Make your picks and remember that tryptophan is a performance altering drug.

posted by rcade to football at 10:48 PM - 25 comments

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Vince Carter Edition: There are only two nationally televised NBA games this week, both tonight on ESPN with a Lakers/Cavs and Thunder/Warriors doubleheader. I continue to lead the contest I am running, Georgia style, with NoMich nine back and Ufez 19 back. The three of us won the week with 34 points -- and Ufez and I got the same score on the same games. Make your picks as the NBA's oldest player needs just 13 points tonight to become the 22nd member of the 25,000-point club.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:28 PM - 6 comments