November 17, 2019

November 16, 2019

Astros Exec Wrote Email Seeking to Steal Signs: As evidence mounts of the team's persistent scheme to steal signs, Houston Astros executives actually put their efforts in writing, according to their emails obtained by The Atlantic. "One thing in specific we are looking for is picking up signs coming out of the dugout," a 2017 email states. "What we are looking for is how much we can see, how we would log things, if we need cameras/binoculars, etc. So go to game, see what you can (or can't) do and report back your findings." Jomboy offers his take.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:04 PM - 0 comments

November 15, 2019

November 14, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition: It's all road teams this week: Edmonton steals one in Montreal, Winnipeg shocks Calgary, and bender took all your points. Charge up your wheels and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:52 PM - 8 comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Miami 2-Game Winning Streak Edition: Week 11 of the NFL begins tonight when the Steelers face the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. There's carnage up and down our standings, with only Rumple's 34 looking respectable. Jagsnumberone stays in first despite a -2 week, Cixelsyd keeps second 11 back and Tron7 third 31 behind. If you forgot to make picks you beat five players, including myself at -15. Make your selections.

posted by rcade to football at 04:13 PM - 29 comments

November 13, 2019

He told a kid to slide. Then he got sued.: Losing might spell the end of organized youth sports...

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 05:29 PM - 6 comments

November 12, 2019

Houston Astros accused of electronically stealing signs in 2017:
Early in the 2017 season, at least two uniformed Astros got together to start the process. One was a hitter who was struggling at the plate and had benefited from sign stealing with a previous team, according to club sources; another was a coach who wanted to help. They were said to strongly believe that some opposing teams were already up to no good. They wanted to devise their own system in Houston. And they did.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 08:53 PM - 14 comments

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: Cellar Dweller Warrior Edition: There are six national NBA games beginning Wednesday night on ESPN when the Clippers visit the Rockets. There's a major shakeup in the Pace Mannion SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em, as Ufez Jones scores 57 to win the week and take the lead. Howard_T climbs into second 31 back and I fall to third.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:21 PM - 6 comments

November 11, 2019

November 10, 2019

November 09, 2019

November 08, 2019

I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike: Elite runner Mary Cain's harrowing tale of breakdown in the grips of the Nike training program.

posted by beaverboard to general at 07:34 PM - 3 comments

November 07, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition: The first snowplow of the season has been ferried to Pelee Island, which is a sure sign that CFL playoff games are about to get underway. Missed your chance at picking the regular season? Looking for Costanza revenge? Now's your chance. Grab your tuque and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:45 PM - 9 comments

November 06, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition: Week 10 of the NFL begins Thursday night with the Chargers at Oakland. In our pick 'em, Jagsnumberone stays in first with 675, but Cixelsyd wins the week with 70 and narrows the lead down from 41 to 24. Tron7 is still in third. Make your picks, ladies and germs.

posted by rcade to football at 12:00 AM - 20 comments

November 05, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Saskatchewan wins, and Calgary wins, but jagsnumberone is the true winner. Congrats jags!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:03 PM - 4 comments

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition: There are five national NBA games beginning Wednesday night on ESPN when the 12th-place Warriors visit the 8th-place Rockets. In the Pace Mannion SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em (accept no substitutes), Goyoucolts keeps the lead at 62 despite scoring no points, Florida Man stays in second back 8 with a 5-point week and Ufez Jones keeps third at 43. NoMich is the week's only bright spot with a high score of 21. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:14 AM - 11 comments

Kevin Harlan's Cat Call: A black cat interrupted Monday Night Football, running from the 50 to the end zone before heading into the tunnel like Bo Jackson. Here's Kevin Harlan's Westwood One radio call.

posted by rcade to football at 07:38 AM - 2 comments

November 04, 2019

These Browns are more disappointing under Freddie Kitchens than with Hue Jackson's failed run: The team is 2-6 after losing to a depleted Broncos team after preseason forecasts that had them making a playoff run. And then Browns' Whitehead released after 'unacceptable' Twitter rant.

posted by billsaysthis to football at 11:54 AM - 5 comments

November 03, 2019

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November 01, 2019

October 31, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!:
At 19-31 in late May, with a less than 1% chance of even making the playoffs, the Nationals have come roaring back to win the franchise's first ever World Series championship, and the first one for D.C. baseball team in over 90 years.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:41 AM - 15 comments

October 30, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One: It's the final week and everything's wrapped up save the most important outcome: the Costanza. That, and Calgary could finish anywhere between first and seventh. Roll the dice and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:15 PM - 14 comments

Deadspin is Revolting: After getting a heavy-handed "stick to sports" edict from new owner G/O Media, Deadspin has been in open revolt. Longtime contributor Barry Petchetsky was fired as deputy editor and seven staffers have quit. It's looking like the biggest sports media brand to come from the blogging era is going to be driven into the ground by the private equity firm that bought it along with other former Gawker sites The Root, Gizmodo and Jezebel.

posted by rcade to general at 09:03 PM - 9 comments

Piffle, or not piffle?: Perhaps through the use of the Sports Machine, George F. Will references English common law, epidemiology, and the plays of Alan Bennett while sadly entreating the kids to put their bats down and get off his lawn. At least they weren't wearing denim.

posted by Mookieproof to baseball at 05:51 PM - 5 comments

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition: There are six national TV games this week on ESPN and TNT, beginning tonight with Bucks at Celtics. In SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em, Goyoucolts opens in the lead with a 62-point week, followed by Florida Man at 49 and Ufez Jones at 38. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:48 AM - 12 comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition: The San Francisco juggernaut heads to Arizona Thursday to begin the ninth week of the NFL season. In a week of massive point scores, Jagsnumberone keeps first place with a second-best 141 and now leads Cixelsyd by 41. Tron7 keeps third 51 back and Cl wins the week with 59. Make your picks, prognosticators.

posted by rcade to football at 08:44 AM - 18 comments

October 29, 2019

October 28, 2019

Belichick Notches Win 300, May Coach Into His 70s: Bill Belichick said a decade ago he didn't plan to coach into his 70s. Now he's 67 and just won his 300th game, putting him 47 behind Don Shula's all-time record, and is having a rethink. "When I said it, maybe I didn't know what 70 felt like," he said on his weekly WEEI radio show. "So I'm not really sure if that's an accurate statement today or not. At the time, I didn't feel that way. Now that I'm closer to that age, I don't know."

posted by rcade to football at 07:08 PM - 2 comments