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SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't know why this is, but I have something of a real dislike for Harry Kane. It might be that he has been ceaselessly promoted as the next great star for England, or maybe it's because he plays for Tottenham, but I don't much care for him. While he has shown to have real skills, I don't think he quite lives up to his star status. Because of this I cannot bring myself to root for England. No doubt my United Empire Loyalist ancestors who were run out of New York in 1783 are rolling in their graves because of this. My mother's ancestors were Portuguese, so even though they fled Portugal during the Inquisition (they were Jewish), it's still our original European country. The other rooting interest is Egypt. We lived there for about 3 1/2 years, made some good friends, and have some good memories. Mo Salah is fun to watch too.

posted by Howard_T at 10:10 PM on June 18

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.

Can I just say that the dual nature of the word "resign" makes this a very entertaining sentence to read without further context?

posted by bender at 06:13 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It matters not so much who Donovan supports. What is really key at Fox Sports is that anyone granted the privilege of having their voice heard on air be obliged to feverishly support England and be so overjoyed at a victorious result that they can barely keep the post-game analysis within the confines of journalistic composure.

But this is not a new development...

posted by beaverboard at 05:58 PM on June 18

Barry Trotz just Zidane'd the Washington Capitals.

If he goes to NY, someone will nickname him Benedict Amtrak.

posted by beaverboard at 05:45 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Looks like Kalinic of Croatia has been banished from the squad after refusing to go on a sub in the 88th minute, claiming a bad back. Drama.

posted by Fat Buddha at 04:46 PM on June 18

Barry Trotz just Zidane'd the Washington Capitals.

Statement from Barry Trotz.

One possible reason.

An extension of that reason.

The rumour is that the Islanders are going to open up their wallet and pay him close to $5million/yr to coach their team.

posted by grum@work at 04:08 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I've collected enough jerseys now that I have one for the following World Cup teams:

- Germany (pure white with a 2014 WC champion patch)
- Denmark ("Danmark", the first national team jersey I ever owned)
- Mexico (the gorgeous 2014 WC green one with the red/white lightning bolts)
- Portugal (from a while back)
- Argentina (also from a while back, with the thick blue/white vertical stripes)

So I'm going to tend to pull for those teams. :)

In general, I'm going to pull for the underdog in 90% of the group matches...except against England. As a Canadian, this is the closest I can get to a "my team" in the World Cup.

posted by grum@work at 04:02 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Kane's performance today is the purest definition of "right man in the right place".

posted by grum@work at 03:51 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Who won the NBA pick em contest?

posted by NoMich at 12:46 PM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The timing of Donovan doing that commercial is nice, given the ongoing demonization of Mexico and Mexicans in this country by Trump and his enablers. For that reason I'm willing to give him a pass.

posted by rcade at 11:45 AM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Maybe it was because I only caught the last 30 minutes of the match, but I loved that dude. I fell apart when he called the Peruvian coach "Steven Tyler".

posted by yerfatma at 10:43 AM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I like the Egyptian team, not as polished as the Euro and S. American sides, but lot o' heart and hustle. With or without Salah, I enjoy watching them.

Overall, the surprising results thus far - Iceland, Mexico, Switz. - have been energizing.

posted by beaverboard at 10:20 AM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I have a list of teams I am supporting more than others this WC, Mexico is not near the top of that list. With Donovan playing his club ball in Mexico, it probably was not a stretch for him, but I can definitely see his teammates side.

On the flip side of commercials and the USMNT not making the WC, Volkswagen commercials with other "countries" telling viewer why to cheer for their team are amusing.

Iceland not having enough fans to do the wave, and disclaimer at bottom of screen for Germany, "Do not drive while eating or holding a sharp object." give me a chuckle.

posted by prof at 09:57 AM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A lot of brewer's relief has happened like that over the years.

Of course it would have to be against the Phillies.

posted by beaverboard at 09:00 AM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

So Landon Donovan thinks US fans should cheer for Mexico, and several of his former USMNT teammates weren't having it.

As a fan of US soccer, I'm not cheering for our chief rival Mexico. I don't think I care that Landon Donovan is cheering for Mexico--particularly since he is from southern California--but the USMNT's all-time leading goal scorer making a commercial about it is across the line.

posted by bender at 08:53 AM on June 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Milwaukee Brewers reliever has less than pleasant inning of work today NSFWS (not suitable for weak stomachs)

Final Stat Line 1 I 2 H 1 ER 2 ML (Meals Lost)

posted by tommytrump at 06:26 PM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Imagine how hard that would have been if it was an Alouette's fan...

posted by grum@work at 04:01 PM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Hit of the game

posted by tommytrump at 03:44 PM on June 17

Phil Mickelson Finds New Way to Keep Putt on the Green

Are they under a water usage restriction in the Hamptons? Or do they want the greens to look as though Woody Guthrie put an Oklahoma Dust Bowl curse on them? I don't want the greens to look like Amen Corner. I just want them to look like they don't need to see a dermatologist.

It is so jarring when Fox switches from the World Cup to US Open coverage. I like to watch golf, but after watching the WC games, the moment the Open comes on my first and only thought is: who the hell wants to watch this right now?

posted by beaverboard at 08:48 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I started to like Perez-Navarro's insanity after a while. He's everybody's overexcitable soccer friend.

posted by rcade at 07:37 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I enjoyed the hell out of Perez-Navarro, tbh. But I get it. I have a deep-seated disliking for Jeff Van Gundy that very few people agree with.

FWIW, if you want to see who is calling which game during group play, you can find the full listings here (pdf warning).

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:14 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Australia should've had a point, they were worth it, but you can't give Pogba a sniff at a half decent chance in the 88th minute either.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:58 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Argentina has one star and a collection of not quites. Seriously, when four defenders collapse on Messi how do de Maria, Aguero, #13, and Biglia not find space for good shots?

posted by billsaysthis at 01:57 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Today is my first time ever hearing Perez-Navarro call a soccer match. It is unbearable. How does this guy have a major league gig?

At the suggestion of my doctor, I'm going into a dark room with some amber liquid and a bucket of ice to listen to clips of Ray Hudson, John Madden, and Ralph Kramden.

posted by beaverboard at 01:36 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

When Ronaldo says that people hate him because he's so damn good , he has it almost right.

Everything but the "because" part.

posted by beaverboard at 05:05 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

There are not enough accolades in the English, Portuguese, or Spanish languages to describe what Ronaldo has done in this match. His equalizer in the 88' was something out of a video game.

Match just finished at 3 - 3. Non-stop action, incredible goals, and some fascinating tactical soccer. This should have been a final.

posted by Howard_T at 03:52 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

David Degea just let in what looked like a mistake. Don't be too hard on him; replay showed the ball came in with no spin and took a slight deflection to Degea's right before he tried to stop it. He appeared to be a baseball catcher trying to block a knuckleball in the dirt. It ain't so easy.

posted by Howard_T at 02:53 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

So major error on my part thinking that CR7 would start the tournament off slow ' 2 goals at halftime makes my Silva pick look foolish

posted by prof at 02:52 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bombers last 6 hours to lose to the Eskimos 33-30 in the final seconds

posted by tommytrump at 02:12 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It breaks my heart when smaller teams lose games in the World Cup because of own goals.

posted by grum@work at 12:58 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's gorgeous, but is it a "stadium"? I don't see any seats.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:45 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Marlies general manager

posted by tommytrump at 12:22 PM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

What a shot!

posted by rcade at 11:57 AM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

This Norweigan football stadium is one of Bing's image subjects for today.

posted by beaverboard at 10:30 AM on June 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Now imagine how things would be if the Maple Leafs won a championship...

posted by grum@work at 12:13 AM on June 15

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Wpg by 4; Tor by 3; Cal by 4; BC by 4.

posted by JPR at 10:32 PM on June 14

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edmonton by 13. You're not in South Dakota any more, Chris Streveler.

Toronto by 9. Because my late grandmother's nurse was James Wilder Jr.'s aunt (and presumably still is).

Calgary by 13. I did not have Calgary by 59 last year.

British Columbia by 6. The Alouettes, like the Jaguars, always suffer out west.

Ottawa by infinity.

posted by rcade at 08:24 PM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

1. Pick the two teams that will advance out of each group (5 points each).
Group A: Russia, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain
Group C: France, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland
Group F: Germany, Mexico
Group G: Belgium, England
Group H: Senegal, Japan

2. Pick a player in each group and get 1 point for each goal he scores.
Group A player: Edinson Cavani
Group B player: Ronaldo
Group C player: Mbappe
Group D player: Messi
Group E player: Neymar
Group F player: Lozano
Group G player: Kane
Group H player: James Rodriguez

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage (5 points). Brazil
4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage (5 points). Germany
5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively). 9
6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively). 2
7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play (penalty kicks excluded) (5 points). Brazil

posted by BruceBanner at 06:59 PM on June 14

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edmonton by 10

Toronto by 3

Calgary by 4

BC by 8

posted by Reever at 04:47 PM on June 14

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

footballs back! Yee ha!

Eddie by eight

Argonauts by a field goal

stamps by eight

Lions by six

posted by argoal at 04:25 PM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Not sure why I thought this started tomorrow but this is after game 1 so you can take or leave my Group A points.

Group A: Uruguay, Egypt, Salah
Group B: Spain, Portugal, Ronaldo
Group C: France, Denmark, Mbappe
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Messi
Group E: Brazil, Serbia, Neymar
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Muller
Group G: England, Belgium, Kane
Group H: Poland, Colombia, Lewandowski

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage: France

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage: England

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament: 7

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament: 7

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play: Brazil

posted by tron7 at 02:29 PM on June 14

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

I submit the following as I ponder the possibility of Dr. John imposing a 20% tariff on points earned by those of us from the USA.

He who has one clock always knows the time. He who has 2 clocks is never sure. So it is with quarterbacks. Nonetheless, Edmonton by 8 .

It is a really interesting year in sports for the big town on the lake. Toronto by 17

Tigercats look to be ready to pounce on some people. Hamilton by 6

Does "BC" stand for British Columbia or Being Confused? Montreal by 12

posted by Howard_T at 01:55 PM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

I'd like to amend my answer for #4: it should be "Pick the team that will allow the fewest goals in the group stage: Uruguay".

posted by yerfatma at 01:44 PM on June 14

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Wait until Johnny learns how wonderful is Edmonton in October (BRRRR)!

Edmonton by 9

Saskatchewan by 12

Manziels by 6 (as per TSN/ESPN demand to league office)

British Columbia by 16

posted by jjzucal at 12:16 PM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Egypt, Uruguay. Salah.
Group B: Portugal, Spain Ronaldo
Group C: France, Denmark Eriksen
Group D: Argentina, Croatia Messi
Group E: Brazil, Serbia Neymar
Group F: Germany, Sweden T Mueller
Group G: Belgium, England Lukaku
Group H: Senegal, Colombia Mane

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage: Brazil

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage: Germany

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament: 5

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament: 4

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play: Brazil

posted by billsaysthis at 12:03 PM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Egypt, Uruguay. Salah.
Group B: Portugal, Spain. Ronaldo
Group C: France, Denmark. Eriksen
Group D: Argentina, Nigeria. Messi
Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica. Jesus
Group F: Germany, Mexico. Timo Werner
Group G: Belgium, England. Lukaku
Group H: Senegal, Colombia. Mane

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage: Belgium

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage: Uruguay

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament: 6

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament: 3

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play: Belgium

posted by yerfatma at 11:25 AM on June 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Why did Robbie Williams just flip off the television audience at the end of his performance during the World Cup opening ceremony?

posted by rcade at 10:53 AM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Russia, Uruguay; Luis Suarez
Group B: Portugal, Spain; Cristiano Ronaldo
Group C: France, Denmark; Antoine Griezmann
Group D: Argentina, Croatia; Lionel Messi
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland; Neymar
Group F: Germany, Mexico; Timo Werner
Group G: Belgium, England; Harry Kane
Group H: Poland, Colombia; Robert Lewandowski

3. Brazil
4. Germany
5. 12
6. 7
7. Brazil

posted by Ricardo at 06:15 AM on June 14

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edmonton by 4
BC by 7
Toronto by 10
Calgary by 4

posted by scooby10672 at 05:07 AM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Russia, Uruguay

Group B: Portugal, Spain

Group C: France, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Nigeria

Group E: Brazil, Serbia

Group F: Germany, Mexico

Group G: Belgium, England

Group H: Poland, Senegal

Group A player: Suarez

Group B player: Ronaldo

Group C player: Griezmann

Group D player:Messi

Group E player: Neymar

Group F player: Muller

Group G player: Lukaku

Group H player: Mane

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage:Portugal

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage:Brazil

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament: 7

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament:5

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play: Portugal

posted by jagsnumberone at 02:34 AM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Pick the two teams that will advance out of each group (5 points each).

Group A: Russia, Uruguay.

Group B: Portugal, Spain

Group C: France, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Croatia

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland

Group F: Germany, Sweden

Group G: Belgium, England

Group H: Poland, Colombia

2. Pick a player in each group and get 1 point for each goal he scores.

Group A player: Luis Suarez

Group B player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Group C player: Griezman

Group D player: Messi

Group E player: Neymar

Group F player: Thomas Muller

Group G player: De Bruyne

Group H player: James Rodriguez

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage: Germany

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage: Senegal

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament: 10

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament 6

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play: Germany

Post your picks in this discussion.

posted by CathcartTowersHotel at 01:43 AM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Uruguay, Russia, Luis Suarez

Group B: Portugal, Spain, David Silva

Group C: France, Denmark, Florian Thauvin

Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Sergio Agero

Group E: Brazil, Serbia, Neymar

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Thomas Muller

Group G: Belgium, England, Romelu Lukaku

Group H: Poland, Colombia, James Rodriguez

3. Most Goals: Brazil

4. Allow Least Goals: Peru

5. Red Cards: 15

6. 0-0 Scores: 7

7. Goal in Every Match: Brazil

posted by prof at 12:39 AM on June 14

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Uruguay, Russia, Salah

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Costa

Group C: France, Peru, Mbappe

Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Messi

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Jesus

Group F: Germany, Sweden, Muller

Group G: Belgium, England, Kane

Group H: Colombia, Poland, Lewandowski

GROUP GOALS: Brazil

LEAST GOALS: Uruguay

RED CARDS FOR TOURNAMENT: 4

0-0 SCORES (ROUND 1): 1

GOAL IN EACH MATCH: Germany

posted by HopeD at 11:48 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

1. Pick the two teams that will advance out of each group (5 points each).

Group A: Egypt, Uruguay

Group B: Portugal, Spain

Group C: France, Peru

Group D: Argentina, Croatia

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland

Group F: Germany, Mexico

Group G: Belgium, England

Group H: Poland, Colombia

2. Pick a player in each group and get 1 point for each goal he scores.

Group A player: Suarez

Group B player: Ronaldo

Group C player: Griezman

Group D player: Higuain

Group E player: Neymar

Group F player: Lozano

Group G player: Kane

Group H player: Lewandowski

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage (5 points).

Argentina

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage (5 points).

Spain

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and

Seven

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively).

Seven

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play (penalty kicks excluded) (5 points).

Argentina

posted by holden at 11:41 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Uruguay, Russia, Edinson Cavani
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo
Group C: France, Peru, Antoine Griezmann
Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Lionel Messi
Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica, Fred
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Mario Gomez
Group G: Belgium, England, Eden Hazard
Group H: Poland, Colombia, James Rodriguez

3. Most Goals: Belgium

4. Allow Least Goals: Poland

5. Red Cards: 11

6. 0-0 Scores: 9

7. Goal in Every Match: Portugal

posted by bender at 11:38 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

1. and 2.

Group A: Uruguay, Egypt, Salah

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Ronaldo

Group C: France, Denmark, Griezmann

Group D: Argentina, Nigeria, Messi

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Nehmar

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Werner

Group G: Belgium, England, Lukaku

Group H: Colombia, Senegal, James

3. GROUP GOALS: Brazil

4. LEAST GOALS: France

5. RED CARDS FOR TOURNAMENT: 6

6. 0-0 SCORES (ROUND 1): 3

7. GOAL IN EACH MATCH: Brazil

posted by wduchene at 10:58 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Uruguay, Russia, Suarez

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Ronaldo

Group C: France, Denmark, Pogba

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Messi

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Paulinho

Group F: Germany, Sweden, Muller

Group G: England, Belgium, De Bruyne

Group H: Colombia, Poland, Falcao

3. Brazil

4. Germany

5. 7

6. 7

7. Brazil

posted by Hooli at 10:45 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Uruguay, Egypt. SALAH.

Group B: Portugal, Morocco. RONALDO.

Group C: France, Peru. K. MBAPPE.

Group D: Argentina, Iceland. MESSI.

Group E: Brazil, Serbia. G JESUS.

Group F: Germany, Mexico. CHICHARITO.

Group G: Belgium, England. KANE.

Group H: Colombia, Poland. J. RODRIGUEZ

3. Germany.

4. Belgium.

5. Number of red cards: 4.

6. Number of 0-0 draws (including group stage): 6.

7. Brazil.

posted by Goyoucolts at 09:42 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

1. Pick the two teams that will advance out of each group (5 points each).

Group A: Russia, Uruguay

Group B: Portugal, Spain

Group C: France, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Croatia

Group E: Brazil, Serbia

Group F: Germany, Mexico

Group G: Belgium, England

Group H: Poland, Colombia

2. Pick a player in each group and get 1 point for each goal he scores.

Group A player: Suarez (Uruguay)

Group B player: Ronaldo (Portugal)

Group C player: Griezmann (France)

Group D player: Messi (Argentina)

Group E player: Milivojevic (Serbia)

Group F player: Muller (Germany)

Group G player: Kane (England)

Group H player: Bacca (Columbia)

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage (5 points) : Germany

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage (5 points) : Spain

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively) : 4

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively): 7

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play (penalty kicks excluded) (5 points) : Germany

Post your picks in this discussion.

posted by grum@work at 09:25 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group A: Russia, Uruguay, scorer Edinson Cavani

Group B: Portugal, Spain, scorer Cristiano Ronaldo

Group C: France, Peru, scorer Antoine Griezmann

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, scorer Lionel Messi

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, scorer Neymar

Group F: Germany, Mexico, scorer Timo Werner

Group G: Belgium, England, scorer Romelu Lukaku

Group H: Poland, Colombia, scorer Radamel Falcao

Most goals: Brazil

Least goals allowed: Germany

Red cards: 9

0-0 scores: 5

Goal every match: Colombia

posted by rcade at 09:10 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

A: Uruguay, Russia; Cavani

B: Spain, Portugal; Ronaldo

C: France, Denmark; Griezmann

D: Argentina, Croatia; Messi

E: Brazil, Switzerland; Neymar

F: Germany, Mexico; Werner

G: Belgium, England; Kane

H: Colombia, Poland; Lewandowski

Score Most Goals: Portugal

Conceded Fewest Goals: Germany

Red Cards: 5

0-0 Scores: 3

Goal in each match: Brazil

posted by geneparmesan at 08:20 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

A: URUGUAY, RUSSIA; L.SUAREZ

B: SPAIN, PORTUGAL; C.RONALDO

C: FRANCE, DENMARK; C.ERIKSEN

D: ARGENTINA, NIGERIA; L.MESSI

E: BRAZIL, COSTA RICA; NEYMAR

F: GERMANY, MEXICO; T.MULLER

G: BELGIUM, ENGLAND; M.BATSHUAYI

H: POLAND, COLUMBIA; R.LEWANDOWSKI

GROUP GOALS: BRAZIL

LEAST GOALS: GERMANY

RED CARDS FOR TOURNAMENT: 3

0-0 SCORES (ROUND 1): 4

GOAL IN EACH MATCH: GERMANY

posted by cixelsyd at 07:03 PM on June 13

World Cup Pick 'Em Contest: Win a World Cup Match Ball

Group Stage Rules

1. Pick the two teams that will advance out of each group (5 points each).

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay.

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

2. Pick a player in each group and get 1 point for each goal he scores.

Group A player:

Group B player:

Group C player:

Group D player:

Group E player:

Group F player:

Group G player:

Group H player:

3. Pick the team that will score the most goals in the group stage (5 points).

4. Pick the team that will allow the least goals in the group stage (5 points).

5. Pick the total number of red cards in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively).

6. Pick the total number of 0-0 scores in regulation in the tournament (closest 3 get 5, 3 and 1 points, respectively).

7. Pick a team that will score a goal in every match they play (penalty kicks excluded) (5 points).

Post your picks in this discussion.

posted by rcade at 06:33 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Given how long most of Spain's players have been together I'm not sure they need much "managing". But wow this is weird timing, I wonder why RM were unwilling to delay announcing the hire.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:47 PM on June 13

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Winnipeg by 10
Saskatchewan by 10
Calgary by 10
B.C. by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:44 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Canada's going to be in another World Cup! Wooo!

It's my understanding Mexico and Canada are co-hosting the 2026 tournament along with their troubled middle child.

posted by tommytrump at 12:24 PM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If that had happened here, the high drama would have been turned into a reality show called The Real Madrid of Orange County.

posted by beaverboard at 10:40 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I've been enjoying the international friendlies as a breezy antidote to the cautious, antiseptic 0-0 draws that are sure to follow in the group stage of the tournament.

posted by beaverboard at 10:35 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Well that would seem to be a bad sign for Spain's chances at this year's tournament.

posted by bender at 10:31 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Julen Lopetegui sacked by Spain before World Cup after taking Real Madrid job

A little speechless right now as I move my Spanish training top to the back of the closet for the next few weeks.

posted by prof at 09:30 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Also, the boys at Sports-Reference.com have finally come out with their international football site, futref.com

It has leagues from the five big governing nations (England, Spain, Germany, France, Italy) + USA, plus World Cup stuff.

posted by grum@work at 07:10 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Canada's going to be in another World Cup! Wooo!

Default! Default! Default!

posted by grum@work at 07:00 AM on June 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If you're looking for something soccer-y to listen to ahead of the World Cup, Rog Bennett has compiled a history of the beginning of the modern era of US mens' soccer.

posted by bender at 11:59 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't think anyone is going to top Ovechkin's championship celebrations over the last week. He's been legendary, so it isn't a surprise that he's going to create a new meme to be used by NHL fans for the rest of our lives. NSFW

Side note: It's a continuation of his comment he made to some critics before the season who said the team isn't as good as previous seasons, and a shirt he wore during the season.

posted by grum@work at 07:58 PM on June 12

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Winnipeg by 12
Toronto by 3
Hamilton by 4
Montreal by 6

posted by bender at 06:59 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There's trouble in the nation's capital.
Criminal charges are possible.

posted by tommytrump at 03:48 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

We need to talk about Chris Davis.

posted by yerfatma at 03:33 PM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

High School Pitcher Strikes Out Childhood Friend To Win Game, Immediately Hugs Him

posted by BornIcon at 09:47 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Devotees of Crying Jordan:

There's a new sheriff in town.

Sponsored by reefer cryptocoin no less.

posted by beaverboard at 12:06 AM on June 12

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edmonton by 13

Toronto by 4

Calgary by 18

BC by 12

posted by tahoemoj at 06:29 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Found on Twitter, from an unknown paper from 1932

posted by tommytrump at 05:51 PM on June 11

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edmonton by 3

Saskatchewan by 14

Calgary by 10

BC by 21

posted by jagsnumberone at 04:47 PM on June 11

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

I believe LeBron would destroy that

LeBron's best fit is somewhere with an aging group of superstars that just want to win and are both willing and know how to play 98% of the game without the ball. Teaming up with someone like CP3 would be a good pairing although no way would he ever fit with Harden.

So much talk about Cleveland was about how bad they were aside from LeBron. They really aren't, but when the Cavs call the same 1 play for the same 1 guy 38 out of 40 offensive trips it's really hard for any other player to contribute. And when they do get that rare opportunity it isn't a set play but a late bailout from "option 1" which makes the attempt all that much more difficult.


I had so little invested in this finals

Ditto, expand that to read season. Didn't watch a single game from start to finish all year as the season outcome was clear before the season began.
Hopefully next season offers more with the continued development of young Sixers and Celtics teams.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:06 PM on June 11

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Winnipeg by 6

Toronto by 16

Calgary by 11

British Columbia by 8

posted by tommytrump at 03:34 PM on June 11

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Edmonton by 10

Toronto by 4

Calgary by 4

BC by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 02:22 PM on June 11

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

Tim Legler is dead to me. The Sixers would do well to stay away from LeBron. My fear is that LeBron not only would harm the play of Ben Simmons, but also Joel Embiid. Wherever he goes, LeBron will demand to be "The Man" ... the Sixers have a nice set up with Simmons and Embiid heading a club with a good group of veteran role players. I believe LeBron would destroy that.

posted by jjzucal at 01:29 PM on June 11

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

I had so little invested in this finals (because I knew the outcome before it started, and it's a fourpeat of teams), that I didn't even realize the final game was played on Friday night.

I woke up on Saturday and heard about the results sometime in the afternoon.

Durant broke the NBA.

posted by grum@work at 01:17 PM on June 11

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Nice of you Canadians to take Johnny off our hands, I'm sure he will provide some interesting off the field news stories in the near future.

Edmonton by 6

Saskatchewan by 3

Calgary by 13

B.C. by 8

posted by ic23b at 01:09 PM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

If they did a reality show where Bob Kraft and Joe Lacob swapped teams for a year, I would pay to watch that.

Before too long, Kraft and Steve Kerr would be horseback riding together in Yosemite. Lacob and Belichick would be fighting with nunchucks in the middle of Route 1.

posted by beaverboard at 12:26 PM on June 11

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion Wins on Tiebreaker

Congrats icb and thanks rcade.

Ove!

posted by cixelsyd at 11:26 AM on June 11

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

It's a Canadian tradition: every June, we celebrate the reappearance of the sun by drop-kicking a frozen pig through the last remaining pair of icicles. Then we go back inside to watch football until there's more than 6 hours of sunlight each day (July 27 through August 8). We kill time by picking winners and spreads for each game. Why not join us?

THE SEASON - When we do it

The season kicks off this Thursday night and runs for 20 weeks through the summer. There are generally four games per week, mostly running from Thursday to Sunday.

If you're in Canada, you'll find the games on TSN. If you're in the States or elsewhere, there's some sort of newfangled streaming option, along with occasional games on ESPN during the Johnny Manziel Football Hour.

THE RULES - How we do it

Here's how it works. You pick who you think will win, and by how much. You then get points based on the result:

  • Picked the winner? You get 1 point.
  • Picked the winner, and a spread within the Margin of Error? You get 2 points.
  • Picked the winner, and you nailed the spread right on? You get 3 points.
  • Didn't pick the winner, but nailed the spread right on? You get 1 point.

What's the Margin of Error?

It's a window around the spread that's defined as

spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)

So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:

Actual Spread Margin Starts at Margin Ends at
111
435
759
11814
201426

So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:

OutcomeYour score
Toronto by 202 points (winner + spread within MoE)
Toronto by 101 point (winner only)
Toronto by 153 points (winner + nailed spread)
Hamilton by 151 point (nailed spread only)
Hamilton by 430 points (and deservedly so)

Any questions?

THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start

In lieu of attempting to sum up each team's status in a single sentence, for this opening week I'm just linking to season preview pages for each of 'em.

All times are EDT.

Edmonton (Preview) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) - Thursday, June 14, 8:30pm

Toronto Argonauts (Preview) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) - Friday, June 15, 9:00pm

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Saturday, June 16, 7:00pm

Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 16, 10:00pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:25 AM on June 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This past week saw the death of John "Pie" McKenzie at age 80. McKenzie was a member of the Boston Bruins on the Stanley Cup winning teams in 1970 and 1972. Not noted as a scorer, he was placed on a line with John Bucyk and Fred Stanfield, and he began scoring in bunches. He was fearless on the ice and a colorful character both on and off the ice. I cannot find a reference for this, but after one of the Stanley Cup parades, McKenzie was on the platform set up in Government Center along with the rest of the team and the usual gaggle of politicians. The beer had been flowing freely, and McKenzie decided that one of the politicians needed some suds. He then proceeded to dump beer all over the head of a politician. I think it was Louise Day Hicks, a controversial member of the Boston School Committee, but I may be mistaken.

On another subject, I heard today that Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, former player and current, broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, was planning to retire at the end of this season. If this is true, and The Hawk is old enough to retire, then I am pushing Methuselah for the world's oldest man title.

posted by Howard_T at 08:49 PM on June 10

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

I thought the two seven-game series that preceded the Finals suggested that the Warriors and Cavaliers might be just as competitive. That was the most boring Finals in a long time in terms of the matchup. I don't know if LeBron can still carry a team all the way. That era may be over.

posted by rcade at 04:57 PM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

According to Belichick on SnapFace, Spotify won the Belmont, the guy that didn't attend the team OTA's came in second, and the Indy colt ran as hard as it could with no luck.

posted by beaverboard at 08:13 AM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Cosmo has been telling its readers for years to seek out strong, high stamina guys who speak multiple languages and have no teeth.

posted by beaverboard at 03:21 PM on June 09

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavaliers for second straight title

Personally, LBJ coming out after the game with a hand injury he hid for three games smells like a rationalization to this observer because any serious injury would've manifested visible pain with every significant ball-hand impact.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:02 PM on June 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The players all pointing to her cracks me up.

Hockey players are more situationally aware of women in the stands than players in any other team sport. I've been at NHL games where there were quite a few good-looking women sitting down low in groups that seemed to be just women. While there might be unexpected reservoirs of NHL fandom in women 20-29, I figured that the appeal of the players was broader than pure athletic accomplishment.

posted by rcade at 05:31 PM on June 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

A huge posse of Canadian revelers would come down here and burn down the White House. Again.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:13 PM on June 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Can you imagine the scale of the situation if the Knights had clinched at home? Pierre McGuire would be the only person in the arena with his clothes on.

All Vegas "performers" would be obliged to change their stage names to either Destiny or Guinevere.

And god forbid a team from Canada should win the Cup again at some point. A huge posse of Canadian revelers would come down here and burn down the White House. Again.

posted by beaverboard at 01:00 PM on June 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Nice camera work by NBC to avoid broadcasting that to the nation

posted by prof at 12:55 PM on June 08

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