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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 14.

posted by rcade at 07:41 PM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 9

Toronto by 3

hammy by 3

Calgary by 5

posted by argoal at 06:49 PM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hey it's me. I have a few minutes on a Thursday for a change. No elaborate dinner, just a quick grilling of some swordfish, microwaved corn on the cob (with the husks still on - it's the best way to cook it), and some left over salad. So here we go.

Favorites seem to be the way to go, so I shall do that. Maybe I can hit a spread and crawl out of the cellar.

Lions are pussies. Winnipeg by 17

Toronto? Definitely Argo - nots. Edmonton by 19

Anyone whose picture appears on US currency is OK with me. Hamilton by 8

Alouettes should take wing -- and get out of the way. Calgary by 12

posted by Howard_T at 06:07 PM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

BC by 9
Edmonton by 1
Hamilton by 18
Calgary by 18

posted by bender at 04:09 PM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Cal by 3; wpg by 3; edm by 4; ham by 3.

posted by JPR at 03:59 PM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 8

Toronto by 2

Hamilton by 3

Calgary by 4

posted by Reever at 03:57 PM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 12
Edmonton by 12
Hamilton by 12
Calgary by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:14 PM on August 15

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Now we have more trophies than ManU again and all is good with the world.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:44 AM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 11

Edmonton by 11

Ottawa by 4

Calgary by 11

posted by tommytrump at 09:32 AM on August 15

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posted by jobsonkraft at 06:07 AM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 23

Edmonton by 16

Hamilton by 6

Calgary by 5

posted by jagsnumberone at 01:30 AM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 17

Edmonton by 10

Hamilton by 6

Calgary by 10

posted by ic23b at 01:20 AM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 9

Edmonton by 14

Hamilton by 10

Calgary by 7

posted by cixelsyd at 10:46 PM on August 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Nailbiters across the board! Winnipeg hangs on to edge the Stamps, Saskatchewan wins by a single score in a (rare!) weather-shortened game in Montreal, Edmonton scores a late 6 for the win against Ottawa, and Hamilton needed every single point of their comeback to beat the Lions.

CGY @ WPGSSK @ MTLOTT @ EDMBC @ HAM
ResultWinnipeg by 2Saskatchewan by 7Edmonton by 4Hamilton by 1
Margin of Error1 to 35 to 93 to 51 to 1

tommytrump nets a handy five points, expanding his first place lead to four, while rcade makes up for last week's 0-fer with a nice six points.

SpoFiteCGY @ WPGSSSK @ MTLSOTT @ EDMSBC @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpWinnipeg Saskatchewan8Edmonton Hamilton 537
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Edmonton Hamilton 333
DrJohnEvans 7Edmonton Hamilton 330
cixelsydWinnipeg 7Edmonton Hamilton 428
ic23bWinnipeg Edmonton3Hamilton 428
jjzucalWinnipeg Saskatchewan Edmonton Hamilton 427
Reever 023
rcadeWinnipeg Saskatchewan6Edmonton3Hamilton 623
JPR 022
argoalWinnipeg Saskatchewan Edmonton Hamilton 422
bender Hamilton 120
Howard_T 019

It's normal for a few teams to be struggling, but unfortunately for them, this week they all play teams who are not.

WEEK 10

BC @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 15)
B.C. has won one game. By one point. Against the Argos. Not much to build your hopes on.

Edmonton @ Toronto (Friday, August 16)
Zach Collaros rumour watch is in full effect. If you hear anything, let me know.

Hamilton @ Ottawa (Saturday, August 17)
Remember when Ottawa was good? All they had to do was pay Trevor Harris a somewhat reasonable amount of money, and they might not be in danger of crossover.

Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, August 17)
Montreal's gone 0-2 out of their bye, and things don't get any easier this week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:37 PM on August 14

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That was an entertaining match. You could tell it was going to be lost on that deciding kick.

As someone who's watched far too much West Ham (because they're the local team on EastEnders; don't judge me), it was nice to see Adrian do well.

posted by rcade at 07:48 PM on August 14

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UEFA Super Cup is the winner of last seasons UEFA Champions League (Liverpool) and UEFA Europa Cup (Chelsea)

Other countries also usually have Super Cups at the beginning of the season between the winner of the league (top of the table at end of the season) and the cup winner (knockout style competition)

posted by prof at 03:11 PM on August 14

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I'm confused: What is the UEFA Super Cup and why are Liverpool and Chelsea playing in it?

posted by rcade at 03:08 PM on August 14

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Apparently she's been playing football with the boys since middle school and she was bigger than them back in the day. She was told to kick the ball (on kick offs) and run off the field. After her first day of practice, she came home and told her brothers that. They said, "no, you are the last line of defense on kick offs, so you stay on the field and tackle the returner if they get past everyone else." She did and she beat the snot out of the boys that did break free. However, all of the boys have grown up to be bigger than her now, but she stays on the field and acts like an NFL kicker if the returner makes their way to her. She kind of steps aside a bit and pushes. She loves doing the kicking for her team, though. She's a junior in HS, so she's got another year of this.

posted by NoMich at 06:35 PM on August 13

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my senior manager's daughter is her high school football team's kicker

What's a girl doing on the football team? It's the real helmet and pads,knock 'em on their ass football, not that bunch of Europeans that fall down if you look at them. Kicking? The only kicking a girl should do is in the chorus line in the school play.

There, now I have preempted all of those who might not favor female involvement in a predominantly male contact sport. If anyone else wants to say something like that, he or she can come talk to me. It's a great idea for someone qualified to do a job to be able to do it. Congratulations to the young lady; may her season go well.

I used to work with a guy who coached Pop Warner football back in the neanderthal era. He had 2 or 3 girls try out for his team. His ploy was to be very cordial and welcoming and put them at center at their first practice. He claimed that none of them lasted very long after the quarterback put his hand in position to take the snap. One could get away with things back then.

posted by Howard_T at 05:54 PM on August 13

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That's great. Hope she has a great season (which must be right around the corner).

I remember when I expressed interest in kicking in HS back in the Mesozoic Era. I had been on the varsity soccer team, but the squad was talent laden and over rostered and PT was scant.

The football coach liked what I could do but he was old school and would not support the silly notion of having a kicking "specialist". Everyone on the team had to try out for a field position. Not with the goal of being a starter, you just had to be rostered as an "actual" player with a "real" position. He wanted to roster me as a DB. That was a good place to hide weaker players, since the defensive backfield typically saw less of the ball. There were very few live armed QB's that could stretch out a defense.

I had never played football; I was clueless. It didn't work out. Just as well. In those days, most HS plays were run-based, so as a DB, your golden opportunity to gain glory was to come running up so you could collide head on with a fullback (remember those?) who was on the verge of getting past the D line and reaching the linebacker level.

You can imagine what would happen in practice if a kicker got put in on D for a few plays and suddenly found the action coming right at them. A little additional contact, no extra charge, just so you got a feel for what it was like to be one of the real players.

The game balls were awful and were hard to control in the kicking game and they didn't care, because if it's just rock toting Barney or Fred hitting the hole 90% of the time, you don't need a well maintained football for that. Who cares what the French poodle kickers think?

posted by beaverboard at 04:51 PM on August 13

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To break the silence here:

TIL that my senior manager's daughter is her high school football team's kicker. Rolesville High School, which is about 30 minutes north of Raleigh

posted by NoMich at 03:40 PM on August 13

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Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat Montreal Alouettes 17-10 in storm-shortened game

posted by tommytrump at 05:40 PM on August 10

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I'm kind of seriously hoping he's not some sort of mentally ill. If he is, I hope he gets treatment for it. I can see the arrogant diva angle, but the repeatedly showing up to practice with his old helmet, sometimes with amateurish paint jobs, makes me wonder.

A question posed in a Ringer article about Brown: did his feet get messed up because he refused to wear the protective booties that you're supposed to wear in a similar way to the helmet thing?

posted by LionIndex at 02:42 PM on August 10

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Fire up Chips! and all that, Antonio, but come on. /sigh

posted by NoMich at 11:56 AM on August 10

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Watching Antonio Brown self-destruct, imperiling his Raiders contract with all that ill-advised guaranteed money, my main thought is that idiots like Gruden and Mayock don't deserve to be this lucky.

posted by beaverboard at 10:30 AM on August 10

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Me too. With Salah and van Dijk on my team I'll be taking a big lead1

1. Against the tiny percentage of teams that don't include them.

posted by rcade at 03:34 PM on August 09

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I'll try to keep up with mine better this season.

posted by bender at 01:02 PM on August 09

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Infamous Boston Marathon curb hopper and laurel squatter Rosie Ruiz has died. Among the many jobs she held after disappearing from public view was as an accreditation specialist at the Better Business Bureau.

Because if you needed someone with verification skills, why would you hire anyone else?

posted by beaverboard at 07:11 AM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Calgary by 10

Watching Patriots pre-season and enjoying Shrimp scampi with a salad and a nice Chardonnay. Life is good.

posted by Howard_T at 07:37 PM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 4

Saskatchewan by a field goal

Edmonton by 8

pussycats by 8

posted by argoal at 04:16 PM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

I picked all four games last week and missed all four. That's not easy.

Soldier on I must, eh?

Winnipeg by 7. I like the cut of Winnipeg's jib.

Saskatchewan by 6.

Edmonton by 3.

Hamilton by 16.

posted by rcade at 03:56 PM on August 08

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Yay, time to score!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:04 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Calgary by 18
Montreal by 6
Ottawa by 11
Hamilton by 7

posted by bender at 10:54 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Wpg by 8

Montreal by 7

Edmonton by 14

Hamilton by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 10:35 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 5

Saskatchewan by 13

Edmonton by 15

Hamilton by 12

posted by jjzucal at 10:09 AM on August 08

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Thanks ... Maplewood Town, indeed, was in the system.

posted by jjzucal at 10:06 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Calgary by 9
Montreal by 7
Edmonton by 12
Hamilton by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:54 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 10

Saskatchewan by 8

Edmonton by 7

Hamilton by 5

posted by tommytrump at 07:55 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 13

Montreal by 5

Edmonton by 3

Hamilton by 8

posted by ic23b at 06:37 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 11

Montreal by 3

Edmonton by 6

Hamilton by 23

posted by jagsnumberone at 02:50 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Hamilton hangs tough in their first game with the backup squad, but the Riders mount the comeback for the win. Ottawa needs overtime to do it, but they're able to put a stop to Montreal's winning strea. Calgary rides a big third quarter to a solid win over Edmonton. And Toronto ... hang on ... double-checking ... Toronto wins?!

WPG @ TORHAM @ SSKOTT @ MTLEDM @ CGY
ResultToronto by 1Saskatchewan by 5Ottawa by 3Calgary by 6
Margin of Error1 to 14 to 72 to 44 to 8

Lots of churn futher down the rankings, but tommytrump holds off the challengers this week.

SpoFiteWPG @ TORSHAM @ SSKSOTT @ MTLSEDM @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
tommytrump Saskatchewan Calgary7332
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan Calgary4330
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan Calgary6427
cixelsyd Saskatchewan7 224
ic23b Saskatchewan7 Calgary 324
jjzucal Saskatchewan Ottawa 223
Reever Saskatchewan7 3 323
JPR Saskatchewan 3Calgary 322
Howard_T Saskatchewan Ottawa 219
benderToronto Saskatchewan 3Calgary 419
argoal Saskatchewan4 218
rcade 017
On the line this week: first place in the West. Also third place in the East.

WEEK 9

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 8)
Winnipeg comes home after a disastrous road trip to find themselves tied for first - against the team that's coming to visit.

Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Friday, August 9)
Ah yes, the annual Somewhat More Competitive Than I'd Thought They'd Be Bowl. Book your hotel suites now!

Ottawa @ Edmonton (Friday, August 9)
Ottawa finally broke their losing streak, but their points differential is still -60 over their last five games. I don't have a great feeling about this week.

B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 10)
Speaking of bad feelings, the Lions are in a deep, deep hole with no sign of light. But Hamilton still needs someone to throw the ball.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:13 PM on August 07

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Branch was the closest to Jerry Rice I've ever seen. There were plays when you knew the ball was going to him but no matter what defensive scheme you tried to use he was going to come up with the ball.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:31 AM on August 06

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Both auto and manual.

posted by beaverboard at 07:23 AM on August 06

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posted by SoranaCirstea at 06:08 AM on August 06

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Oh, so you need to extend your auto warranty too?

posted by NoMich at 10:38 PM on August 05

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The kind my inbox says I need.

posted by beaverboard at 10:07 PM on August 05

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Tom Brady just got an extension.

My son was working on a 2-month contract doing marketing research for Trip Advisor. He just got extended indefinitely. Sadly, there's no multi-million dollar bump in his pay, but after having been unemployed for about 8 months, anything was welcome. Thank you, beaverboard, for contributing to his unemployment benefits from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

By the way, beaverboard, what sort of an extension did you have in mind?

posted by Howard_T at 07:02 PM on August 05

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Baker Mayfield Shotgunned A Beer And Inspired A Five-Run Cleveland Rally

And that Colin guy that is the Thomas Friedman* of sports talk radio has his predictable melt down over it

* - "I'm going to take this one kernel of truth and talk about it for hours at a time, all the while never minding how badly it breaks down over the course of discussion."

posted by NoMich at 04:27 PM on August 05

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Tom Brady just got an extension. I need one a heck of a lot more than he does.

posted by beaverboard at 03:32 PM on August 05

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that clip NoMich

Branch is easily one of the best receiving tight ends to have played the game. Notice the nit pick. I wrote receiving because there was nothing on the video clip that showed him making the critical block that allowed a running back to make a big gain. When evaluating a tight end's game, blocking has to be considered. Come to think of it, I don't remember Oakland ever running the ball in those days. Yeah it's a nit pick. He belongs in the HOF for sure.

posted by Howard_T at 03:03 PM on August 05

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In that video, they mention the 1974 playoff game between the Dolphins and the Raiders. That game has one of my first sports memories (I was 8 at the time). That game-winning miracle pass from Kenny Stabler to Clarence Davis had me shouting "NO WAY! STABLER'S KNEE WAS DOWN! HOW THE HELL DID THAT GUY CATCH THE BALL?!!" Incredible.

posted by NoMich at 02:49 PM on August 05

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that clip NoMich

Seconded. That move he puts on the Saints DB's early on in the clip was a complete ankle breaker.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:19 AM on August 05

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Baker Mayfield Shotgunned A Beer And Inspired A Five-Run Cleveland Rally

posted by BornIcon at 10:31 AM on August 05

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+1 turn on the SpoFi EPL Fantasy league

posted by prof at 09:55 AM on August 05

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Thanks for posting that clip NoMich. That was great. Hadn't ever seen that.

posted by beaverboard at 08:43 AM on August 05

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I never knowingly saw Branch play (and growing up as a Charger fan I probably wouldn't have appreciated it anyway), but I did know him from the historical teams on Madden. If you took the '76 Raiders team, you spent the whole game trying to find a way to get it to WR#21.

posted by LionIndex at 12:00 AM on August 05

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Rest in Power

posted by NoMich at 09:51 PM on August 04

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RIP Cliff Branch, frightening addition to an already powerful Oakland Raiders offense in the early 70's. Perhaps in death he will finally make the HOF, subject to the whim of the voters who, ironically, are appointed for life.

Daryle Lamonica throwing to Wells, Biletnikoff and Cannon was exciting to watch, but when Stabler and Branch arrived, they made the Oakland passing game deadly and clinical.

Branch retired from the NFL in the mid 80's but one day in the summer of 1988 I turned on the TV in a hotel room in Maryland after a long day of work and travel and promptly had my first encounter with the spectacle of arena football. And there, running routes on a short rug with tight sidelines, was the ageless Cliff Branch.

posted by beaverboard at 07:03 PM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Chickening out: Calgary by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:10 PM on August 03

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@rcade can you turn on the SpoFi EPL Fantasy league?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:36 PM on August 03

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Day 2 of the first Ashes test being played in Birmingham England (special shout-out to Black Sabbath) and the 25k seat stadium is packed full of fans in great costumes and all singing along to their special songs. Great atmosphere.

posted by NoMich at 09:42 AM on August 02

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team

I miss the days when both teams were relevant and badass. Both had new circular multi purpose stadiums near the water (ugh) and both wore doubleknit unis (gag). But the rosters were outstanding.

Pining for the days of two hour ballgames and low six figure salaries. Stargell, Parker, and Madlock in the pillbox layer cake hats looking like the crew of a battle tested Union ironclad.

posted by beaverboard at 10:56 PM on August 01

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Yikes! I wasn't paying attention to the clock, and here it is, the second half. Well, so much for calling the Winnipeg vs Toronto game. It's not a bad one so far.

Somehow all of the names fit together. David Watford, the Duke of Hamilton. How very Loyalist. This will do them no good in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan by 8

A rogue makes the day very noir for the rouge/noir team. Alouettes need to be careful not to get plucked. Ottawa by 15

It's the battle for bragging rights in Alberta. Tough sledding for the Eskimos or a tight corral for the Stampeders? Edmonton by 9

posted by Howard_T at 09:15 PM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 13.

Hamilton by 3.

Montreal by 9.

Edmonton by 3.

posted by rcade at 06:53 PM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Ssk by 3; wpg by 7; mtl by 3; cal by 3.

posted by JPR at 04:31 PM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 10

Saskatchewan by 7

Montreal by 3

Edmonton by 4

posted by Reever at 04:31 PM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 30 Saskatchewan 7 Montreal by 4 Calgary by 3

posted by ic23b at 03:00 PM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 26
Saskatchewan by 9
Montreal by 16
Tie

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:58 PM on August 01

Robot umps now!

That was one hell of an explanation Howard, thanks for the effort! And remember a few weeks back when I kicked dirt on your shoes? I'm sorry about that. Keep up the good work.

posted by tahoemoj at 12:53 PM on August 01

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team

The bad blood between these two teams has been great this year. Certainly, the two are mired in an epic race for ...[checks standings]...last place in the NL Central?

posted by tahoemoj at 12:48 PM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Toronto by 15
Saskatchewan by 1
Montreal by 3
Calgary by 2

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Toronto has acquired injured QB Zach Collaros to replace injured QB James Franklin. I'm not entirely sure that's how it's supposed to work.

Uh, no ... that ain't how it's supposed to work.

Winnipeg by 26

Saskatchewan by 18

Ottawa by 5

Edmonton by 10

posted by jjzucal at 10:56 AM on August 01

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bombers by 17

Well after this week argos get a bye week to start their climb back into the East division ranks and hopefully can look a little more respectable, & who knows maybe even fight for a playoff spot with their new gunslinger. I can hope can't I!

riders by 4

larks by 8

Eskimos by 3

posted by argoal at 10:01 AM on August 01

Robot umps now!

Awesome, Howard.

As a coach and athlete I have a real appreciation for officials who understand their importance to the game .. even the ones I sometimes get into.

There should be greater focus on the importance of officials: more training, more incentive to become one, more desire to be the best. I'll accept an occasional bad call from a good official to a robocall any day. And technology is not always without it's flaws for various reasons .. many billions of dollars in grounded aircraft back my angle on that comment.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:15 PM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 27

Saskatchewan by 14

Montreal by 7

Calgary by 7

posted by tommytrump at 08:28 PM on July 31

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team

The stadium music was topnotch.

posted by tommytrump at 08:20 PM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 23

Saskatchewan by 3

Montreal by 6

Calgary by 4

posted by jagsnumberone at 08:12 PM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 10

Sask by 7

Montreal by 7

Edmonton by 9

posted by cixelsyd at 06:06 PM on July 31

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It's a nailbiter in Ottawa, but Calgary converts the game-winning drive. Less so in Edmonton, where the Argos... uh... don't score. Hamilton comes out strong to stop the Bomber streak, but they lose QB Masoli in the process; while out west, Saskatchewan strongly asserts their claim to 4th place.

CGY @ OTTTOR @ EDMWPG @ HAMSSK @ BC
ResultCalgary by 1Edmonton by 26Hamilton by 8Saskatchewan by 27
Margin of Error1 to 118 to 346 to 1019 to 35

Another week, another lead change: tommytrump bags seven to grab the top spot.

SpoFiteEDM @ MTLSTOR @ WPGSOTT @ HAMSCGY @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpCalgary Edmonton18Hamilton8Saskatchewan 729
jagsnumberoneCalgary Edmonton Saskatchewan20427
DrJohnEvansCalgary Edmonton Hamilton6 423
cixelsydCalgary Edmonton Saskatchewan 322
ic23bCalgary Edmonton Saskatchewan 321
jjzucal Edmonton18Hamilton Saskatchewan 421
ReeverCalgary Edmonton Hamilton Saskatchewan 420
JPR 019
rcade Edmonton Saskatchewan 217
Howard_TCalgary Edmonton Hamilton Saskatchewan 417
argoalCalgary Edmonton Saskatchewan 316
bender Edmonton Saskatchewan 215

The CFL continues be allergic to the August long weekend, possibly because BC/Civic/Heritage/Simcoe/Natal/NB/SSK Day has a different name in every province: a marketing nightmare!

WEEK 8

Winnipeg @ Toronto (Thursday, August 1)
Toronto has acquired injured QB Zach Collaros to replace injured QB James Franklin. I'm not entirely sure that's how it's supposed to work.

Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Thursday, August 1)
Hamilton was just getting on a roll, but have lost Masoli for the season to a torn ACL. They've brought in David Watford, who is definitely a real person and not a fictional 1930s British detective.

Ottawa @ Montreal (Friday, August 2)
So... Montreal is good now? And Ottawa is bad now? Am I reading this right?

Edmonton @ Calgary (Saturday, August 3)
These two teams have very similar stat lines and are currently tied for second place. If you were going to pick a tie this season, now's the time.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:38 PM on July 31

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team

Trade was done before the fight according to ESPN. ROFL

posted by billsaysthis at 10:40 AM on July 31

Jill Ellis to Step Down as U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach

The thing I don't like about this is that Hope Solo is going to think she made it happen all by her anointed self.

posted by beaverboard at 10:21 AM on July 31

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team

Was Puig fighting to avoid any chance of being accidentally shipped to San Diego in the 3 way trade?

posted by beaverboard at 10:15 AM on July 31

Reds' Amir Garrett Fights Entire Pirates Team

Wow, yeah, that was a real fight. Garrett just rushes to that Pirates dugout with real punches.

posted by NoMich at 09:17 AM on July 31

Robot umps now!

/all the high-fives to Howard

posted by NoMich at 07:40 AM on July 31

Robot umps now!

I'm sure that any SpoFites who have read some of my past commentaries on the fine art of umpiring have been waiting for this. You know I can't resist, so here goes.

The strike zone is a personal thing with every umpire. Some call the high strike, and some call a bit below the knees. Some give a little bit on the outside, some a little inside. The important thing is that all strive to be consistent from pitch to pitch. So what causes the inconsistencies in an umpire's zone? The most common cause is that the umpire is not setting up at the same place on every pitch. If on the first pitch of a game you were to put marks where the umpire's feet were, the ideal would be to have your feet exactly on those marks for each subsequent pitch. The position for a left handed batter is different than that for right handers, but the result would be horizontal symmetry around a vertical line through the point of the plate. I remember some time ago a discussion we had about a video in which two consecutive pitches in what appeared to be the exact same spot were called a ball in one case and a strike in the other. Looking carefully at the video you could see that the umpire's head position was just an inch or two different on the pitches, thus the difference in the calls. So on very close pitches that are called inconsistently, position is important.

What else goes into calling balls and strikes? Preparation is one thing. In the majors and high minors a plate umpire will have a "book" on the pitchers he is likely to see in a game. He will know what they feature, what their release looks like, and what the rotation on the ball will do. Even this is not enough to avoid being fooled on the occasional pitch. My rough analysis from watching baseball on TV over the years is that the most missed calls come on breaking balls. If you are not expecting one, it is awfully easy to miss it. Another problem for umpires is catchers that move around a lot. Most umpires set up on "the block", that is you are in a position where it looks like you are almost ready to sit on a block of wood, and you set up in the slot between the catcher and the batter. You might have a good view of the plate, but if the catcher moves to field the ball, he might block your view. Usually this will result in a strike being taken away from the pitcher even though the pitch was in the zone.

One thing that was said in the article (not the original WSJ piece) was that the umpire has too many other things to do that interfere with his calling balls and strikes. Whoever wrote this has no understanding of umpire mechanics. Once the pitcher is committed to delivering the pitch, the plate umpire has absolutely nothing to do other than to call a ball or strike, swing or no swing. Think about it for a moment. With the ball about to leave the pitcher's hand or in the air on its way to the catcher what else can happen? Runners may be going, but no play can be made on them until someone has the ball; fielders may be adjusting their positions, but as long as they are not attempting to distract the hitter, they may move. Yes, the plate umpire has a lot to do during the game, but at the time of the pitch his only job is to call balls and strikes.

The device used to determine ball or strike in the Atlantic League experiment was a Doppler radar. This type of radar will ignore stationary or slow moving targets and show only targets moving above a set threshold velocity. I spent nearly 4 years in Egypt writing a maintenance manual for a mobile pulse Doppler air defense radar that we had sold to the Egyptian Army Air Defense Command. The accuracy of this one was on the order of a few meters at several kilometers range. More than good enough if you are trying to put a missile with its own terminal guidance system close enough to knock down an aircraft, but hardly good enough to measure the difference between a fraction of an inch outside or "on the black" for a strike. I have heard of (and seen) some Doppler sets that work at frequencies well up into the 18 to 22 GHz range, and these could easily have much more precision than our old stuff, but I am not familiar enough with them to discuss. I would like to see the technical details of antenna placement. scan type and rate, frequency range, and so on. The antenna would need to be placed where its "view" of the ball is unobstructed, and preferably on the line between mound and plate. High and behind the plate would be the best location. A better choice of tracking device might be a laser tracker. These can give location data with accuracy on the order of millimeters. The problem with these is that they must have the object to be tracked identified and in their field of view returning the laser energy to the tracker. This can be difficult to accomplish in the few milliseconds between the time the pitcher pulls the ball out of his glove and it leaves his hand.

Let's get back to the strike zone for a bit. I'm sure it is one of the problems with automated ball - strike detection that the vertical limits vary with each batter. You can't put in a one-size-fits-all approach. How that problem was dealt with in the Atlantic League experiment would make for some interesting reading. I also know that each umpire goes into a game with a good idea of where his zone will be. This will last until he makes a call on the first tight one. At that point he will have to figure out whether that will be the limit of his zone or whether he should have given a little more to the pitcher or a little more to the batter, or whether it was just a mistake. The big thing to remember for any umpire at any level is to be consistent. If you do blow a call, admit it. Let the catcher or batter know what you missed and the fact that the same pitch will be called differently next time. This happens in the majors more frequently than one might think, and if the umpires and players are honest about it, there are not many problems. Try not to blow a call on a "decision" pitch (with 3 balls or 2 strikes on a hitter), for this will put someone on base or in the dugout that might not deserve to be there.

So how many pitches does an umpire miss during a game? The MLB umpires will admit to missing 4 or 5 in a game, and that's about right. They do not consider the really close ones to be missed calls, nor should they. Many years ago, when I was fairly new to umpiring, I was calling a JV game between two of the smaller schools in NH. The coach of the visiting team was obviously new, and I think he got the job because he admitted he had been to a baseball game once. The coach of the home team had been around for a while, and he eventually became the highly respected and successful coach of the varsity. Between innings, about 3 or 4 innings into the game, the visiting coach, while on his way to the 3rd base coach's box, stopped and commented that my strike zone wasn't too good. I asked hi how many I had missed. He said that I had missed 4 or 5. I loudly exclaimed, "That's wonderful; it's way better than I usually do." The look on his face was priceless, and the home coach standing in the 3rd base dugout was nearly crippled from suppressing his laughter. Keeping a game moving without constant griping and arguing is sometimes best done by maintaining a sense of humor and admitting your mistakes.

posted by Howard_T at 12:12 AM on July 31

Robot umps now!

Oh my.

Technology is what I create to earn a living. Sports are an enjoyable diversion. Please keep it that way.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:42 PM on July 30

Robot umps now!

@prof I would actually think the system uses realtime images to judge the strike zone borders, not previously-input batter info. Otherwise you don't account for the stance.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:24 PM on July 30

Robot umps now!

Would a future Weaver or Piniella send out an IT guy to argue the bad calls with a tablet?

Would there be any allowance built into the system for teams whose lineups are savages in the batter's box?

posted by beaverboard at 05:01 PM on July 30

Robot umps now!

Not required. If an umpire is calling either loose or tight strike zones during a game he is consistent and hitters adjust. Pitching patterns are also adjusted based on the calls and are a big part of the game.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:12 PM on July 30

Robot umps now!

3) How long will it take for teams to be able to hack this system to benefit them during games? I mean, come on, this is a human-created system, so humans should be able to make changes to it. It's going to happen, you know it.

This is from memory so may be incorrect.

Because the top and the bottom of each batter's strike zone is different, information about the batter must be input into the system. While probably fractions of an inch, I could see players trying to gain the system by slouching, or wearing tall shoes, or something when getting measured.

There also has to be a person who selects the person at bat. Always a chance when a pinch hitter comes in that the wrong batter gets selected.

posted by prof at 01:52 PM on July 30

Robot umps now!

Bummer that I'm not able to read the WSJ article that this link refers to, because I have questions.

1) Watching baseball for the last few years has shown me that home plate umps usually get the ball/strike call correct. When they yell out a call that does not match what we saw on TV (you know, in the little vertical rectangular box that they superimpose on the screen that indicates the strike zone), it's usually just barely off. So, what's the reality? Has someone actually quantified this, and if so, how bad is for the humans? Like, what's the percentage of incorrect calls?

2) From the first article:
The sooner Major League Baseball embraces the "robot ump", the better it will be for everyone, including the umpires. Home-plate umpires have lots of other tasks to do"and now they won't catch grief from players or their own bosses for the mistakes they make doing an essentially impossible job.
I think the home plate ump got grief from a player and/or manager during the first game that this technology was rolled out. The batter or manager disagreed with the computer's call on that pitch and started yelling at the ump to overturn the call. Umpires will never be able to escape the wrath of petulant players/managers.

3) How long will it take for teams to be able to hack this system to benefit them during games? I mean, come on, this is a human-created system, so humans should be able to make changes to it. It's going to happen, you know it.

posted by NoMich at 11:36 AM on July 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Knicks owner James Dolan's band does requests. First up: Haul Away For Rosie.

posted by beaverboard at 02:00 PM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Trevor Bauer's most impressive throw of the day was his last

posted by tommytrump at 11:53 AM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

While it appears to be a quiet weekend on SpoFi, I watched two weather-affected races that will be talked about for years to come.

The Tour de France's yellow jersey changed shoulders as Friday's leg was halted before any riders crossed a section of road covered in hail and mud

Sunday's F1 German Grand Prix had mixed weather and one corner that claimed many a racer that went a little too wide

posted by prof at 11:16 AM on July 29

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