Football

October 23, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Seeing Ghosts Edition: Washington visits Minnesota Thursday night as the NFL nears the halfway turn. In our contest Jagsnumberone keeps the lead, but Cixelsyd cuts the lead by six and is 22 back. Tron7 climbs into third. Tahoemoj wins the week with 77. Make your picks with the confidence of the New England secondary when Sam Darnold attempted a pass.

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October 22, 2019

High school cancels football season, fires every coach after suspended player suits up with different identity: A St. Louis high school has cancelled the rest of their football season and fired every coach on staff after a suspended player wore a different number and participated in a game.

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October 21, 2019

The San Francisco 49ers Are Mudders: "It takes you back to being a kid: You're out there, you're sloshing around and your shoes are full of water and mud. It's still a kid's game at the end of the day. Guys had a lot of fun slipping and sliding out there, but winning's always fun." -- Richard Sherman after San Francisco won a mud wrestling match with Washington

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October 16, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition: The NFL week begins Thursday with a Chiefs visit to the Broncos that's a lot more interesting than it was two weeks ago. In our Pick 'Em, the top three remain the same: Jagsnumberone, Cixelsyd and Ic23b. Wfrazerjr wins the week with 68.

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October 09, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: One Less Gruden Edition: The New England Patriots will crush the New York Giants Thursday night to begin the sixth week of the season. In our pick 'em, Jagsnumberone wins the week with 69 and claims first place at 370. Cixelsyd ascends to second 24 back and Ic23b moves up to third. In other news I am mired in mediocrity. Make your selections.

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October 07, 2019

Jay Gruden Out as Washington Coach: Washington's NFL team has fired head coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start. He leaves with a 35-49-1 record and no postseason appearances.

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October 02, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: 902 Passing Yards Edition: Week 5 of the NFL season begins Thursday night when Les Mouflons visit Blue-ish Men Group. In our NFL Pick 'Em, Grum@work retakes first place, followed by Jagsnumberone climbing to second and Cixelsyd holding at third. Boaz wins the week with 69. Make your picks.

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September 29, 2019

Bears 1936 Throwbacks Shine Light on NFL's Segregated Era: The Chicago Bears will be wearing 1936 throwback uniforms this Sunday as part of the team’s season-long centennial celebration. ... That means the black players currently on the Bears roster, including Hicks, Trevathan and Burton, will be the first African-Americans ever permitted to wear this uniform on the field.

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September 25, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition: Week 4 of the NFL season begins Thursday night with an uncharacteristically nice matchup: Packers vs. Eagles. There's a new leader in SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, as Tron7 scores 95 to take a five-point lead over former pacesetter Grum@work. Cixelsyd leaps into third only 9 back. That 95 is enough for Tron7 and Wfrazerjr to tie with the week's best score.

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September 18, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition: Week 3 of the NFL season starts with the Jaguars/Titans game that always seems to be played on Thursdays. In SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, grum@work stays in first, ic23b jumps into second 4 back with a week's best 104 and storm-tossed Howard_T drops to third 24 off the lead.

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September 16, 2019

Ben Roethlisberger Out for Season With Elbow Injury: Ben Roethlisberger will miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced to reporters today

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September 11, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Broken Clavicle Edition: Week 2 of the NFL season begins Thursday with the Buccaneers visiting the Panthers. In the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, grum@work opens in front with 110, followed by Howard_T 7 points back and ic23b 19. Make your picks.

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September 08, 2019

Antonio Brown is a New England Patriot: I was posting my condolences Saturday afternoon to the person who drafted Antonio Brown in the second round of our fantasy league. Minutes later news broke that he was a New England Patriot. The social media-obsessed Brown calls it "#GodsPlan". File the decision to cost himself $21 million in guaranteed money under "Mysterious Ways, Lord Works In."

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September 02, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest: The NFL season starts Thursday, which means the return of the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em. The rules remain the same: Choose the winners of each game and the margin of victory. Make any game a stone cold lead pipe lock to double your points in victory or lose points in defeat. The champion wins an official NFL game ball (details inside).

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August 25, 2019

Andrew Luck Retires from NFL at 29: News broke during the second half of the Indianapolis Colts game Saturday night that Andrew Luck was retiring from the NFL at age 29. Luck called the last four years an endless "injury, pain, rehab" loop he could only end if he stopped playing. The quarterback, head coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard all were crying, Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel writes. Vegas was a little slow to react to the news, giving some gamblers a chance to max-bet the under on a 9.5-win season.

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July 18, 2019

"Missed call" lawsuit against NFL proceeds in Louisiana: A Louisiana state judge ruled a damage lawsuit against the NFL over a controversial "no call" late in the NFC Championship Game can proceed.

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May 29, 2019

Richie Incognito Stands Out: Hey, general manager Mike Mayock, new Oakland Raider Richie Incognito punched a hole in the wall and tore out a security system control box during an argument with his 90-year-old grandmother last fall. Do you have any comment? "He looks like he is five to 10 years younger than he really is. Wonderful shape. He still has his quickness, he still has his foot speed."

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April 17, 2019

NFL finally going to Tottenham: Not White Hart Lane 2 (also known as Tottenham Hotspurs' new stadium) and Wembley will host two NFL games during the 2019-20 season, NFL officials announced Wednesday. Mexico City will receive the other game on its international schedule.

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April 09, 2019

XFL May Have 44 Players on Field During Overtime: Before the league's 2020 launch, the XFL is testing an overtime where both teams have their offenses and defenses on the field during overtime at opposite ends. They each attempt five two-point conversions and defenses get one point for turnovers. League commissioner Andrew Luck's Dad compares this to soccer and hockey overtimes, which he calls "compelling."

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April 06, 2019

FanDuel: All AAF Futures Bets Are Winners: Even though the season wasn't completed, if you made a bet with FanDuel on the Orlando Apollos to win the Alliance of American Football, you are a winner. If you made a bet on any other team to win, you also are a winner. The company announced, "We are also going to pay out straight future wagers for all AAF teams as winners."

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April 02, 2019

Alliance of American Football Suspends Operations: The Alliance of American Football has shut down before completing its inaugural season, reports ESPN. Despite some surprisingly good week one TV ratings, a viewership of 400,000 to 500,000 per game and a pledge by Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon to invest $250 million, the league appears to be kaput.

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March 25, 2019

Did Le'Veon Bell Make the Right Decision?: Deadspin staff writer Dom Cosentino digs into the numbers of Le'Veon Bell's contractual options to determine whether he did better or worse financially by losing a year of salary and signing with the New York Jets. Bell got more guaranteed money than the Pittsburgh Steelers were offering (advantage Bell), but if you treat year one of any big deal as implicitly guaranteed the math starts to look different. As Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap put it, "You're not paying someone $10 million to cut him before he steps foot on the field."

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March 24, 2019

Rob Gronkowski Retires: "It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today." -- Rob Gronkowski on Instagram Sunday afternoon.

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NFL May Make Pass Interference a Replay Challenge: The NFL is considering proposals to add pass interference to a coach's red-flag replay challenges. One proposal just adds interference. Another adds interference, roughing the passer and defenseless hits. A change requires 24 of 32 owners and could happen this week when they meet in Phoenix. Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II told the team's website, "There's more interest in looking at how we make sure that plays are getting corrected than in other years."

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March 12, 2019

Giants Trade Odell Beckham Jr. to Browns: The Cleveland Browns have acquired star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants for a 2019 first round pick (17th overall), a 2019 third round pick this year and safety Jabrill Peppers.

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February 28, 2019

Witten Ends Retirement; Returning to Cowboys: Put a stop to that Hall of Fame clock. Or better yet, just pause it for the time being. That's because Jason Witten has decided he isn't done playing just yet.

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February 24, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: Howard_T: The SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em has been won by Howard_T, who claims the pants of a champion. Second place is a tie between Gridironarizona and Jagsnumberone. The coveted costanza is claimed by NoMich.

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February 22, 2019

Warrant issued for Patriots owner Robert Kraft for soliciting prostitution in Florida: Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly visited a massage parlor/human trafficking/prostitution establishment in Jupiter, Florida. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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February 19, 2019

Hurricanes Owner Invests $250 Million in AAF: Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon just made a $250 million investment in the upstart Alliance of American Football and is becoming the league's chairman. "I'm impressed with The Alliance's stunning growth in-stadium and across TV, mobile and social media in just these first few weeks," Dundon said. He's a new NHL owner and Dallas billionaire who also owns the site of the PGA's Byron Nelson tournament.

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February 15, 2019

Colin Kaepernick agrees to settle collusion case against the NFL: Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has settled his collusion lawsuit against the NFL, lawyers for the athlete and the league said Friday.

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February 10, 2019

Alliance of American Football Kicks Off (with No Kickoffs): The Alliance of American Football began play Saturday night with a regional game broadcast on CBS. I saw the Steve Spurrier-coached Orlando Apollos defeat the Atlanta Legends 40-6. The game had better ratings than an excellent Rockets/Thunder matchup on ABC. The league positions itself as a development league for the NFL and brought some new innovations: no kickoffs, extra point kicks or onside attempts; no blitzing by more than five players; live audio of the replay official making a decision; and games that end in a tie after both teams have one offensive series beginning at the opponent's 10-yard-line.

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February 04, 2019

Las Vegas Oakland Raiders of San Francisco: Oakland Raiders to play 2019 season at San Francisco Giants' Oracle Park. So, let me get this straight: if the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers played a game in San Francisco, Oakland would be the home team? Also, the stadium in Las Vegas will feature a dirt infield, right? I mean, it just wouldn't be a Raiders home game without a dirt infield.

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February 01, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Super Bowl 0x35 Edition: The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams meet Sunday in Super Bowl 0x35. In our contest, Howard_T jumps into first place with a 25-point week, followed by Tahoemoj in second and Jagsnumberone in third. For the chance to don the pants of a champion, pick the Super Bowl winner, the spread, 10 prop bets and a tiebreaker. Remember to bubble your answers in fully. Don't pick up your pencils until I say begin. Begin!

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January 19, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Conference Championship Round: Pick the winners of Sunday's conference championships -- Rams/Saints, Patriots/Chiefs -- and the game's spread along with five props. In the contest, the top three are new: Bender in first at 49, Gridironarizona 2 back in second and Ic23b 3 back in third.

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January 11, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Divisional Round: Pick this weekend's winners -- Colts/Chiefs, Cowboys/Rams, Chargers/Patriots, Eagles/Saints -- and the game's spread. Pick five props. Prosper. After week one of the contest, Tahoemoj leads with 23 over Jagsnumberone at 20 and Tommytrump at 18.

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January 04, 2019

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: The NFL Playoff Pick 'Em is back. Pick the four teams that will win this weekend's games along with five prop bets. The first prize this year to the winner is completely pants.

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January 03, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Champion: Tron7: In one of the most competitive contests we've ever run on SportsFilter, the NFL Pick 'Em regular season champion is Tron7, who overcame a four-point deficit to pass Truthhurts in the final week and won the contest by 12. Tron7 led the pick 'em for 10 weeks before being passed by Truth in week 14. All hail Tron7! The first prize of an official NFL Game Football is spiraling towards you.

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December 28, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition: Every game in the NFL's final week is played Sunday. In SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em, only four points separate first-place Truthhurts and second-place Tron7. Ic2b is in third 112 back after winning the week with 133. Make your picks.

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December 21, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Ask Me About My Fantasy Team Edition: The second-to-last week of the NFL season begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when Washington visits Tennessee. Show up early and Washington may let you start at quarterback. Things just got interesting in the SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em. Tron7 won the week with 76 and cut the lead of Truthhurts by 30. Only 14 points now separate them. Ic23b is in third place 39 back. Make your picks.

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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).

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