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In its typical invocation, chemistry is a cop-out: an after-the-fact explanation of why a team won, especially against the odds. It lets us avoid uncomfortable truths: that baseball, like the workforce, is not always a meritocracy; that mediocre teams can capitalize on luck to beat very good ones; that the sport can be cosmically unjust. In the postgame twilight, chemistry coalesces as a narrative—the “It’s not you, it’s me” of baseball heartbreak. It rings hollow, but is not provably false.

posted by rumple to baseball at 07:03 PM - 1 comment

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two: Four games down, six hundred and thirty-two to go. Polish your flipping coin and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:52 PM - 14 comments

June 18, 2018

Barry Trotz just Zidane'd the Washington Capitals.:
Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise

posted by grum@work to hockey at 04:07 PM - 5 comments

June 17, 2018

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Phil Mickelson Finds New Way to Keep Putt on the Green: Phil Mickelson intentionally hit a moving ball while putting at the U.S. Open Saturday, a move that should have resulted in his disqualification but didn't. He said on the broadcast he did it to stop the ball from rolling off the green. "I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display," he said.

posted by rcade to golf at 07:59 PM - 1 comment

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World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball: The World Cup begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern when host nation Russia faces Saudi Arabia. Enter our contest by picking the teams to survive each group, a goal scorer in each group and 3 props. In the knockout stage pick each winner and a scorer. The winner will receive an official Adidas Telstar 18 match ball (value $130).

posted by rcade to soccer at 06:25 PM - 20 comments

June 12, 2018

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The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: This is the week we've all been waiting for. Maybe it's today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe the day after. But sometime this week we will look up at the blue June sky, take a deep breath of pollen-choked air, feel the warmth of the sun on our faces, and finally put away that damn snow shovel. Oh yeah, and the CFL season starts this week too.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:25 AM - 15 comments

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NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion Wins on Tiebreaker: Neither of the top two players in SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em chose the Washington Capitals to win the Stanley Cup, leading to a final standings with seven teams within 2 points of each other. The champion and winner of the Hartford Whalers puck is ...

posted by rcade to hockey at 12:09 AM - 6 comments

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May 31, 2018

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title: After winning nine of 14 trophies in less than three full seasons and four days out from breaking Liverpool hearts, Zizou walks away only saying the team needs a change. Gabe Marcotti on the real why, such as it is.

posted by billsaysthis to soccer at 10:54 AM - 1 comment

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals: The NBA Finals begin tonight when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors. (Where have I heard that before?) In the SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pick 'Em, NoMich scores 7 out of a possible 8 points and takes sole possession of first, with grum@work in second and Goyoucolts in third. Pick the NBA champion and the number of games played, plus eight bonus categories. The winner receives a notebook cover made out of NBA basketball leather.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:00 AM - 9 comments

May 30, 2018

Collarred! The Curious Case of Colangelo's Accounts: The Ringer provides some fairly damning circumstantial evidence that the NBA's hand-picked Sam Hinkie replacement, Bryan Colangelo, has been using a series of anonymous Twitter accounts to bad-mouth, Hinkie, former coworkers and current Sixers players (including discussing unreleased medical information). Oh and he may have tipped his hand to the brilliant Fultz trade a few months early. And gotten into it with Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union for reasons that make very little sense (and probably aren't accurate).

posted by yerfatma to basketball at 10:09 AM - 3 comments

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NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final Round: The Washington Capitals visit the Vegas Golden Knights tonight in game one of the Stanley Cup Final. In SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, ic23b is in first with 18 followed by cixelsyd at 17 and rumple at 16. MrFrisby wins the week by scoring 4, which seems to be a recurring theme. Pick the series winner, the number of games required and eight bonus categories. The winner receives a Hartford Whalers puck.

posted by rcade to hockey at 01:10 PM - 16 comments