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SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Houston by 7
Denver by 5

posted by NoMich at 10:04 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Or an olde-timey white football

posted by NoMich at 09:28 AM on December 15

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever

I'm also enjoying working my way through it, and things were going great until they dragged Will McDonough's name into it, even if just momentarily.

Growing up in a household with a character like that, Sean McDonough figured out early on that the best way to survive was to perfect the art of becoming entirely unnoticeable. A skill that he continues to refine to this day.

posted by beaverboard at 08:36 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The NFL playoffs pick 'em isn't far off, and that got me to thinking.

This year, maybe the prize should be something other than an official Goodell game ball.

I'd be inspired to compete extra hard to win one of these.

posted by beaverboard at 08:13 AM on December 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

There are such a large number of different diversions going ahead in the meantime, tasks that you may need to do at home, preparing for the up and coming ball game and even get-togethers that are, how about we confront, a ton more fun. It can essentially be enticing to alternate route the framework now and then; particularly in the event that you realize that there are associations out there that will help you with your custom dissertation.

posted by EricksonFerry at 01:34 AM on December 15

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Arizona at Atlanta Falcons by 10 LOCK Detroit at Buffalo Bills by 3 Green Bay at Chicago Bears by 6 Oakland at Cincinnati Bengals by 7 Dallas at Indianapolis Colts by 3 Miami at Minnesota Vikings by 7 Tennessee at N.Y. Giants Giants by 7 Washington at Jacksonville Jaguars by 10 LOCK Tampa Bay at Baltimore Ravens by 7 Seattle at San Francisco Seahawks by 3 New England at Pittsburgh Patriots by 3 Philadelphia at L.A. Rams Rams by 10 LOCK New Orleans at Carolina Saints by 14 LOCK

posted by truthhurts at 01:27 AM on December 15

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever

I remember it took Fox something like 6 years to actually have prime-time first-run programming on all seven days of the week. I also remember only being able to pick up the station on the UHF channels (Buffalo WUTV, channel 29) for a year or two before we got full cable at my house in Toronto.

posted by grum@work at 12:21 AM on December 15

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever

This story is great. I'm still working my way through it.

Fox getting the NFL wasn't even in the realm of the possible when it happened. The network was completely small time. I was a viewer of shows like The Simpsons, Tracey Ullman Show, Duet and The X-Files, but I thought it would never catch the other broadcast networks. The NFL changed that.

posted by rcade at 11:34 PM on December 14

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

Friday

Phil by 3 Den by 4 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 06:59 PM on December 14

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Texans by 10 lock Browns by 3

posted by truthhurts at 04:12 PM on December 14

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever

An interesting point made is that TV executives at rival networks hated the idea of the Fox Box the most and thought it was a horrible thing for the networks because it would drive viewers away if the game was a blowout. Basically better to keep channel flippers in the dark as to score than to have them move on (which ignored the fact that disinterested viewers would probably flip before getting to commercials in any event as the networks already showed the score as the game cut to commercial).

posted by holden at 02:53 PM on December 14

The Great Heist: How Fox Paid for and Changed Football Forever

I never hated that Fox Box. I thought it was great when I would flip over to a game just to see a score and I never really felt that it got in the way of my view of the game

posted by NoMich at 02:29 PM on December 14

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

Friday:
Philly by 8 - (slam)
Denver by 5

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:51 PM on December 14

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Big shout out to the user how shared the article a few days ago on Tim Rossovich (https://www.si.com/vault/1971/09/20/612423/hes-burning-to-be-a-success).

Great article, they definitely don't make NFL players like that anymore

posted by FLsportsman at 12:42 PM on December 14

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

I see that 9mm and I were the only smart ones in the room last night. However, the Heater had the nards to actually lock his pick up. high five, brother!

posted by NoMich at 08:41 AM on December 14

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

How did I have a bad week and still move up one place in the standings? It don't make no good sense.

This is a real test for Phillip Rivers and the Chargers. It might be more of a test for the Chiefs. Can their defense withstand Rivers? Can their offense do enough against a decent defense to offset Rivers ? Kansas City by 7

This one has easy win written all over it. Trouble is, auto correct might change things. Houston by 9

Browns didn't let me down last week, but Broncos did. Broncos are at home in the mile high. Denver by 10

No no, Buccaneers, that's not a parrot to put on your shoulder, it's a Raven, a member of the corvid family, and they bite. Baltimore by 13 LOCK

Birds of a feather flock together. These 2 have different feathers, so there will be no flocking around. Atlanta by 16 LOCK

Cowboys spend an afternoon breaking in young horses. Dallas by 6

Dolphins are full of themselves after opening their early Christmas gift last week. Vikings are the Grinch. Minnesota by 14 LOCK

Detroit is on the St. Clair River, between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Buffalo is on the Niagara River, between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Does the winner receive possession of Lake Erie? Buffalo by 5

This one could wrap up the NFC North for Bears. Chicago by 13 LOCK

Raiders may now be renamed the Orphans: Bengals may be renamed with names unprintable. Cincinnati by 6

Native Americans coaching is being questioned by the players. If the team receives federal subsidies, will the coaches be questioned by the FBI? Jacksonville by 14

Two teams with nicknames representing very large people. Is a Titan bigger than a Giant, or is it the other way around? Tennessee by 3

Seahawks have finally taken flight; 49ers should finally take cover. Seattle by 17 LOCK

Patriots attempt an ill-conceived multiple lateral play as a last gasp effort. Steelers intercept a lateral, but then fumble the ball. Patriots pick it up and return it 63 yards for the winning score. New England by 7

The bald eagle is still a threatened species. So is the Philadelphia Eagle. Los Angeles (National Conference) by 16 LOCK

Saints continue the march to the NFC South title. New Orleans by 10

posted by Howard_T at 08:09 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Houston by 21

Denver by 7

Atlanta by 21

Detroit by 14

Green Bay by 7

Cincinnati by 7

Indianapolis by 7

Miami by 7

Tennessee by 7

Jacksonville by 4

Tampa Bay by 7

Seattle by 17

New England by 7

L.A. Rams by 7

New Orleans by 21

Lock 'em all up, rcade !!

posted by tommytrump at 07:50 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Chargers by 5 LOCK

posted by 9mmHeater at 06:55 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Kansas City by 12 Lock

posted by tommytrump at 06:54 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Made it home in time so here we go.

Kansas City by 6

Houston by 7

Cleveland by 3

Atlanta by 10 (LOCK)

Buffalo by 4

Chicago by 13

Oakland by 3

Dallas by 3

Minnesota by 14

N.Y.Giants by 6

Jacksonville by 3

Baltimore by 17

Seattle by 10 (LOCK)

New England by 6

L.A. Rams by 10

New Orleans by 13

posted by ic23b at 05:56 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

LOCK Kansas City by 10 LOCK
LOCK Houston by 14 LOCK
Denver by 3
LOCK Atlanta by 13 LOCK
Buffalo by 2
LOCK Chicago by 11 LOCK
Cincinnati by 5
Dallas by 5
Minnesota by 4
Tennessee by 4
Jacksonville by 7
Baltimore by 4
Seattle by 4
New England by 5
LOCK L.A. Rams by 10 LOCK
New Orleans by 7

posted by bender at 05:45 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

L.A. Lakers (Thursday) by 4
Dallas (Thursday) by 13 - SLAM
Philadelphia (Friday) by 6
Denver (Friday) by 6

posted by tron7 at 04:46 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

99.9%. It's the Patriots' win probability before the final play against Miami Sunday.

What's the pick version of having Gronk play safety?

Kansas City by 3
Houston by 3 - LOCK
Denver by 3
Atlanta by 10 - LOCK
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 3
Cincinnati by 8
Indianapolis by 3
Minnesota by 10 - LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 6
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 6 - LOCK
Seattle by 7
Pittsburgh by 7
L.A. Rams by 10 - LOCK
New Orleans by 7 - LOCK

posted by tron7 at 04:40 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

L.A. Chargers by 6

posted by NoMich at 04:38 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

I could have not played last week and done better/smh.

Kansas City by 3 LOCK

posted by jagsnumberone at 04:26 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Kansas City by 4

posted by rcade at 04:05 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Kansas City by 3
Houston by 17
Cleveland by 6
Atlanta by 6
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 7
Cincinnati by 6
Dallas by 7
Miami by 9
Tennessee by 7
Washington by 13
Baltimore by 7
Seattle by 7
New England by 3
L.A. Rams by 11
New Orleans by 17

posted by grum@work at 02:36 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Kansas City by 4

Houston by 6 LOCK

Cleveland by 3

Atlanta by 7 LOCK

Buffalo by 4

Chicago by 3

Cincinnati by 7

Dallas by 7 LOCK

Minnesota by 7 LOCK

N.Y. Giants by 4

Jacksonville by 4

Baltimore by 7 LOCK

Seattle by 9 LOCK

New England by 7

L.A. Rams by 4

New Orleans by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 02:26 PM on December 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Don't worry about Maria Butina's future. She's got options.

There's no need for her to worry about the prospect of jail time when she can offer her services to the highest levels of the U.S. government.

Just like this guy.

posted by beaverboard at 02:21 PM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Chiefs by 3

posted by truthhurts at 11:46 AM on December 13

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

Of course the Raptors beat the Warriors 1) on the road, 2) on the second night of a back-to-back and 3) without Kawhi. It's so obvious in hindsight!

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:36 AM on December 13

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

Will be out of town tomorrow so this is my NFL pick for Thursday.

Kansas City by 6

posted by ic23b at 11:06 PM on December 12

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

Wednesday

NO by 2
GS by 4 SLAM

Thursday

Hous by 2
Dal by 5 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 07:59 PM on December 12

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

Oklahoma City by 5 (Wednesday)
Golden State by 8
Houston by 6
Dallas by 13 <-- dunk
Philadelphia by 11
Oklahoma City by 8 (Friday)

posted by rcade at 05:02 PM on December 12

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

WEDNESDAY
New Orleans by 5
Golden State by 8

THURSDAY
L.A. Lakers by 10
Dallas by 12

FRIDAY
Philadelphia by 9
Denver by 5

posted by NoMich at 01:58 PM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

let's kill WEEI's idea

This stroke of total stupidity has cost them the services of a pretty good announcer, Tim Neverett. I have a tenuous connection to Mr. Neverett through his brother, BJ, who coached baseball in Nashua, NH, for many years. I suffered the wrath of BJ on one or two occasions when I first started umpiring. Tim Neverett was good at the job of describing the action while imparting a sense of the tension, or lack thereof, on the field. I actually prefer to listen to the radio broadcast while the TV is on. When an important play happens, I can easily turn to the screen. I don't need Harry from Malden bloviating about how Yaz was the greatest left fielder ever.

posted by Howard_T at 12:24 PM on December 12

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

SLAM New Orleans by 9 SLAM
Toronto by 3
Houston by 5
SLAM Dallas by 10 SLAM
SLAM Philadelphia by 7 SLAM
Oklahoma City by 4

posted by bender at 10:43 AM on December 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I like Steve Nash. I would not object to more Steve Nash in public life. That said, there is 0 reason for Steve Nash to be doing color-commentary on professional soccer games, much less a Champion's League match featuring a team he is openly rooting for. I appreciate Bleacher Report is trying to do something different by not even having a proper play-by-play guy (though Stuart Holden does a very good job of it anyway), but let's call it a failed experiment. While we are at it, let's kill WEEI's idea of "dropping the concept of a conventional radio baseball broadcast to make the call of the game sound more like a talk show."

posted by yerfatma at 10:13 AM on December 12

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Interesting take on then vs. now:

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

posted by beaverboard at 12:01 AM on December 12

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

On Friday morning I thought I was going to sweep the week. By Saturday morning I wasn't so happy. Still, I managed a solid score, so all is well.

Wednesday, Dec. 12:

Thunder is beginning to rumble, while Pelicans lost to the Celtics B team Monday night. AD is tough, Randall is a solid second option. New Orleans by 8

Raptors are into a make-or-break time. A West Coast swing with a back-to-back against Warriors. Kawhi Leonard might be out Wednesday, and Warriors are beginning to put it together. Golden State by 19 SLAM

Thursday, December 13:

Rockets came from down 15 against a pretty good Portland team Tuesday. They seem to be playing faster, but they will be on the back end of a home back-to-back. Lakers with Lebron's leadership are looking like a playoff team that might by go fairly deep. This is a tough game to call. Houston by 4

Many say that the desert sun is a cure for many things. In the NBA the Suns are a cure for a team's slump. Dallas by 14 SLAM

Friday, December 14:

Pacers were hot early on, but have come back to earth a bit. 76ers at home and with a closer in Butler have begun to play like many predicted in the pre-season. Philadelphia by 6

Denver has had a bit of a setback lately, but they are back in the rarefied air in the mile high city. Thunder are travelling from New Orleans after trying to stray out of the Pelican's beak. Denver by 9

posted by Howard_T at 11:54 PM on December 11

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

This popped up in my email today. rcade, you should have applied for copyright.

My picks are below.

posted by Howard_T at 11:09 PM on December 11

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Ruth was used to baseball being played like a game that had some continuity and flow to it, with pitchers working briskly.

He would have a fit waiting for play to resume in between pitches in the contemporary game. Just like I do.

I stopped watching MLB sometime before the Red Sox won their first modern title in 2004. I listened to parts of Game 4 of that Series over the PA system in our local supermarket. Sad but true - a historic moment never thought likely in our lifetimes was unfolding and I was shopping for groceries in central Massachusetts.

posted by beaverboard at 10:04 PM on December 11

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

If we accept that Babe Ruth undertook a nutrition and workout regime on par with today's Major Leaguers, is it a given that he'd derive enough benefit to be a world-class ballplayer?

Ruth was a freakish specimen in his era but I don't know that his natural physical gifts all translate to ours.

posted by rcade at 09:29 PM on December 11

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

Ah crap. Sorry I forgot to submit Friday's picks. I had a meeting off-site that afternoon and left directly from there to visit friends an hour and a half away. Sucks to be me.

Wednesday:
OKC by 11
Golden State by 7

Thursday:
Lakers by 12 (SLAM)
Dallas by 19 (SLAM)

Friday TBA (Promise!)

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:00 PM on December 11

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Assuming that Ruth would embrace having a nutrition and workout regime.

That's a big if.

Babe Ruth was Charlie Parker before Charlie Parker was in utero.

posted by beaverboard at 05:35 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Probably has something to do with Ripken being almost 3x as valuable by WAR in his time in the game. Harold Baines was a good hitter for a long time. That's not the elevator pitch for a Hall of Fame player.

posted by yerfatma at 03:27 PM on December 11

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Can you imagine having to ride on a plane or a bus with this guy? He and Trevor Bauer should start a podcast. From space.

posted by yerfatma at 03:25 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

A few things come to mind about the partial federal funding of the Washington NFL franchise. First, could the acceptance of federal funds give the Congress the authority to require a name change for the team? Could the President use his executive powers to call plays during the game? I'm thinking particularly about Twitter, or even better, a Presidential hot line into the communications link between coach and quarterback. Pre-game polling conducted by various groups could suggest strategies that could then be put into effect by the President. Finally, since taxpayer money supports the team, we taxpayers ought to have a direct voice in the team's draft selections. A web site could be set up for the public to log in and vote for the player to be selected by Washington at each pick. The time between selections would have to be increased, but this would give no advantage to Washington since they would have no control over the process. Some sort of verification system is needed to prevent voter fraud; perhaps checking that the voter has indeed paid federal income tax in the previous year before allowing the vote.

posted by Howard_T at 02:55 PM on December 11

'I Would Strike Out Babe Ruth Every Time'

Ottavino is out of his mind!

I can't say for certain that the Babe would dominate but he sure as hell would be one of the top guys playing today especially with the nutrition and work out regime of today's players.

Mind you, Ruth was also a pitcher with multiple 20 win seasons and in 1917 he had 35 complete games while in 2018, there were a combined 40 complete games which is insane.

posted by BornIcon at 02:28 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Length of career and post-career activity should not be qualification for the Hall of Fame

I don't recall anyone saying that about Cal Ripken Jr.

posted by BornIcon at 02:05 PM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

LOL

posted by billsaysthis at 11:36 AM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

On a worth and value basis, I don't know why Kirk Cousins decided to leave Washington, D.C.

If he had stayed there, he would have simply gone from an athlete under contract to a procurement.

posted by beaverboard at 10:38 AM on December 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Baines is the guy who belongs to your local club or political organization. He shows up for every meeting, contributes modestly to the activities, but he never really does much of note. His claim to fame is that he has stayed around so long, and after his active membership expired he continued to extol the virtues of the group, everyone feels like he has done something really great. Length of career and post-career activity should not be qualification for the Hall of Fame.

posted by Howard_T at 03:28 PM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Timbers were way outplayed in that game, score was far more likely to be 4-0 than 2-2.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:26 AM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Atlanta United's success in only it's second year in MLS is stunning.

Already, they

- Are newly crowned league champions
- Have the league MVP
- Have the highest average per game attendance
- Set a new overall attendance record for home games
- Set a new title game attendance record
- Have the most valuable franchise in the league

It was already clear that Atlanta wasn't a hockey town. The Falcons have regressed at an alarming rate. The Braves have left town and moved to the next county. The Hawks are one of the worst teams in the NBA. At this point it looks like Georgia belongs to soccer, the Masters, and the Dawgs.

posted by beaverboard at 08:11 AM on December 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Harold Baines?!

Really?

His claims to fame:

- Played 12 seasons after a team retired his number (White Sox).

- Since the age of integration in baseball (1947), 63 players have accumulated at least 10,000 plate appearances. In terms of WAR (baseball reference calculations), Baines finishes second last (38.7), ahead of just Bill Buckner (15.1).

- WAA (wins above average) is a way of calculating players that weren't just filling roster spots, but providing ABOVE AVERAGE value during a season/career. Among all 42 inactive players that accumulated between 35 and 40 WAR (post-integration), Harold Baines' WAA total is the lowest (1.8). Other luminary players in that list: Tim Wallach (9.2 WAA), Magglio Ordonez (11.3), Reggie Sanders (18.1), and Jessie Barfield (21.9).

- He led the league in one stat, in one season, over the 22 seasons he played (SLG, .543, 1984).

Edit: From a reddit thread about Baines:

here's a list of things Harold Baines never did on a baseball diamond:

get 200 hits in a season
hit 40 doubles in a season
hit 30 home runs in a season
steal more than 10 bases in a season
score 90 runs in a season
finish higher than 9th in MVP voting
have a season of 5.0 or higher WAR (r or f) or better than 3.5 WARP (that's Baseball Prospectus for the uninitiated)

posted by grum@work at 11:44 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I feel justified in my low opinion of the MLB HOF

posted by tron7 at 10:19 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Steve: the hero that the rest of America needs but doesn't deserve.

posted by NoMich at 05:47 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

For several years, my friend Steve has had to work every other weekend.

Whenever the Patriots play the Dolphins when Steve is on duty, the Dolphins win. Always.

Steve is on duty today.

posted by beaverboard at 04:13 PM on December 09

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Washington by 6

I have a gift.

posted by rcade at 02:26 PM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

RIP Tim Rossovich, who was a legendary figure when I was in high school. It seemed as though there was a new story about him every week. Each more outrageous than the last.

Here's an article written at the time that captures the flavor of his zany antics. I vividly recall reading it when it was published.

He sets fire to himself less frequently than you would think. "It is not something you do every day," he says.

posted by beaverboard at 01:20 PM on December 09

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Tennessee by 6 <<< got that on Thursday

Buffalo by 5
Carolina by 6
Green Bay by 6
Kansas City by 7
New England by 12
New Orleans by 14

N.Y. Giants by 6
Houston by 8
L.A. Chargers by 12
Denver by 6
Dallas by 10
Pittsburgh by 13

Arizona by 5
L.A. Rams by 5
Seattle by 6

posted by NoMich at 11:35 AM on December 09

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Jacksonville by 3 (earlier in thread/oh well)

Buffalo by 4

Carolina by 7 LOCK

Green Bay by 3

Kansas City by 10 LOCK

New England by 7 LOCK

New Orleans by 28 LOCK

NY Giants by 3

Houston by 11 LOCK

LA Chargers by 17 LOCK

Denver by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 3

Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK

Detroit by 4

LA Rams by 10

Minnesota by 6

posted by jagsnumberone at 04:36 AM on December 09

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

I was referring to William Stephen Belichick, the pride of Annapolis High.

posted by rcade at 11:05 AM on December 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Why couldn't the recent e-coli recall have been on arugula instead of romaine?

-------------------------------------

I want the Heisman to go to Haskins, for two reasons.

1) It would take some of the edge off of Ohio State as they head into the Rose Bowl. They're already going to be jacked up because it's Meyer's last game as coach. If they also felt that Haskins got jobbed in the award voting, that would add more fuel to the fire. I want the game to be competitive. If the Buckeyes go in double stoked, I fear for the Huskies' chances.

Plus, it's not like Haskins isn't deserving. He is way more dynamic than Troy Smith ever was.

2) If Tagovailoa and Murray got passed over by the Heisman voters, the Oklahoma-Alabama game would then feature two major talents with chips on their shoulders, and that game would become an intergalactic battle for the world to behold.

-- Also, I want Brady Quinn, Condoleezza Rice, or some other notable Golden Domer to say something really dumb and disrespectful about Clemson.

posted by beaverboard at 08:54 AM on December 08

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Adam Thielen was born ornery?

posted by beaverboard at 01:03 AM on December 08

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Something's gotta give.

Ravens by 4 LOCK

Texans by 8 LOCK

Browns by 10 LOCK

Packers by 12 LOCK

Saints by 2 LOCK

Bills by 6 LOCK

Fish by 4 LOCK

Skins by 5 LOCK

Broncos by 11 LOCK

Chargers by 8 LOCK

Cards by 2 LOCK

CowGirls by 6 LOCK

Steelers by 7 LOCK

Bears by 5 LOCK

Vikings by 8 LOCK

posted by 9mmHeater at 06:11 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Wow, sad!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:49 AM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Alex Smith Reportedly Battling Infection After Surgery on Broken Leg

posted by BornIcon at 11:17 AM on December 07

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Jacksonville by 3 <-- lock

I have a gift.

posted by rcade at 10:12 AM on December 07

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Bills by 4
Carolina at Cleveland Browns by 3
Atlanta at Green Bay Packers by 10 LOCK
Baltimore at Kansas City Chiefs by 10
New England at Miami Patriots by 10 LOCK
New Orleans at Tampa Bay Saints by 14 LOCK
N.Y. Giants at Washington Giants by 7
Indianapolis at Houston Texans by 7
Cincinnati at L.A. Chargers Chargers by 20 LOCK
Denver at San Francisco Broncos by 7
Philadelphia at Dallas Cowboys by 7
Pittsburgh at Oakland Steelers by 17 LOCK
Detroit at Arizona Lions by 4
L.A. Rams at Chicago Rams by 7
Minnesota at Seattle Seahawks by 3

posted by truthhurts at 12:25 AM on December 07

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

Thursday
12-6
Bos by 11 SLAM
Utah by 2 SLAM

Friday
12-7
Phil by 2
GS by 4 SLAM

posted by scooby10672 at 07:57 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Jacksonville by 3 <-- lock
Buffalo by 6
Carolina by 4
Green Bay by 1
Kansas City by 6
New England by 7
New Orleans by 7 <-- lock
Washington by 6
Houston by 5
L.A. Chargers by 12 <-- lock
Denver by 4
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 9
Detroit by 3
L.A. Rams by 2
Seattle by 4

posted by rcade at 07:29 PM on December 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In an effort to call owlhouse back to the fold (seriously, I hope he's alright), I give you an amazing runout from last night's day 1 action between India and Australia.

It was an eventful day 1 as one of the Australian's had a catch that was so great, it made ESPN's top plays of the day. When I went to bed last night around midnight, I think India had only 2 runs for 8 outs (extreme exaggeration that reflects how terrible India was batting) and I wake up to India with 250 runs for 8 outs.

posted by NoMich at 05:42 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Tennessee by 6 (Quite possibly the only 6 points scored)

Buffalo by 10 (Can we move the Pats to a different division for a few seasons? It would be nice to see if another team could lock down AFC home field if the Pats aren't gifted 6 wins every fucking year in divisional play)

Carolina by 7

Green Bay by 13

Kansas City by 17 LOCK

New England by 20 LOCK

New Orleans by 16 LOCK

N.Y. Giants by 10 LOCK

Houston by 6

L.A. Chargers by 18 LOCK (Unless the legendary Jeff Driskell to Cody Core combination takes over)

Denver by 6

Dallas by 4

Pittsburgh by 12 LOCK

Arizona by 3

L.A. Rams by 8 LOCK

Seattle by 6

posted by tahoemoj at 05:01 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Here we are, once again sitting comfortably in 5th place while tending to score in the high 40s to low 50s most weeks. It's called consistent mediocrity, sort of like most chain restaurants or fast food places. Now I've made myself hungry. I will do shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta tonight before we head for the Celtics game.

There's some faint hope for Titans to grab a wild card spot, but Pittsburgh and Baltimore would need to self-destruct. Still, you can't make it if you don't win. Tennessee by 6

Disappointing Panthers vs the "giving it a good try' Browns. Do the Panthers have any pride? Maybe, but they also have a sore-armed QB. Cleveland by 7

Chiefs are very much in the hunt, but the Hunt is no longer a Chief. Ravens are hoping for a playoff spot. Kansas City by 13

The little ponies were prancing for a bit, but will stumble again here. Houston by 14 LOCK

Some insist it's coming from frigid New England to the heat and humidity of Miami, others say there's something about the stadium - perhaps the natural grass vs turf - that makes the Patriots have such a difficult time there. Whatever the cause, it won't apply Sunday. New England by 16

Native Americans do not have a quarterback. Then again, maybe the Giants don't have one either. What sort of outcome will this game Foster? New York (National Conference) by 9

Saints might be just a little bit ticked off about last week's result. This one is for the championship of the eastern Gulf of Mexico. New Orleans by 17 LOCK

Teams have unpredictable reactions to the firing of a head coach. Packers might be fired up about it and play their heads off. Green Bay by 3

Jets vs Bills. Man, I can't wait to miss this one. Buffalo by 8

This is another potential mismatch. Potential? Who am I kidding? Los Angeles (American Conference) by 19 LOCK

Broncos should have an easy ride in this one. Denver by 14 LOCK

The NFC East is at stake here. The stake will be driven through the heart of the Eagles. Dallas by 10 LOCK

Steelers sort of stepped on their own pecker last week, meaning they really need this one against Raiders. While I would dearly love to see them stumble, it's not probable. Pittsburgh by 7

Big kitties chase small birds. Can the kitties catch them? Detroit by 3

I have to go with the billy goats here. Los Angeles (National Conference) by 17 LOCK

Were the Seahawks watching Vikings' loss last week? If so, did they learn anything? Perhaps Vikings also learned much. Minnesota by 3

posted by Howard_T at 04:43 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Tennessee by sleep...errr...I mean 6

posted by NoMich at 03:23 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Jacksonville by 3
Buffalo by 3
Cleveland by 3
Green Bay by 17 - LOCK
Kansas City by 6
New England by 7 - LOCK
New Orleans by 8 - LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 3
Houston by 7
L.A. Chargers by 13 - LOCK
Denver by 7
Dallas by 3
Pittsburgh by 13 - LOCK
Arizona by 3
L.A. Rams by 7 - LOCK
Seattle by 3

posted by tron7 at 03:03 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Jacksonville by 3

Buffalo by 3

Carolina by 7

Atlanta by by 6

Kansas City by 12 (LOCK)

New England by 17 (LOCK)

New Orleans by 24 (LOCK)

New York Giants by 3

Houston by 10

L.A. Chargers by 13 (LOCK)

Denver by 10 (LOCK)

Dallas by 3

Pittsburgh by 12

Arizona by 7 (My Lions can't beat anyone)

L.A. Rams by 6

Seattle by 3

posted by ic23b at 02:55 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Here's a surprise, I'll go ... Jacksonville by 3. I'll even call the score. Jags will get a defensive touchdown, then after a bad punt, put together a 15 yard drive and kick a 52 yard field goal, while Blaine Gabbert (Mariotta gets hurt in the 2nd quarter) throws an interception to Ramsey with 52 seconds left, sealing the 10-7 victory. ESPN will spend 10 minutes talking about how bad these teams are/lol. DDDDUUUUVVVVVAAAALLLL.

posted by jagsnumberone at 02:47 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Titans by 10

posted by truthhurts at 01:44 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

LOCK Tennessee by 9 LOCK
Buffalo by 5
LOCK Carolina by 8 LOCK
Atlanta by 7
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Miami by 3
New Orleans by 10
N.Y. Giants by 4
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 14 LOCK
San Francisco by 3
Dallas by 5
Pittsburgh by 7
Arizona by 4
L.A. Rams by 6
LOCK Seattle by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 01:32 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Tennessee by 12 LOCK

N.Y. Jets by 7 LOCK

Carolina by 4 LOCK

Atlanta by 9 LOCK

Kansas City by 10 LOCK

New England by 14 LOCK

New Orleans by 20 LOCK

N.Y. Giants BY 4 LOCK

Houston by 5 LOCK

L.A. Chargers by 15 LOCK

Denver by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 11 LOCK

Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK

Detroit by 12 LOCK

L.A. Rams by 8 LOCK

Seattle BY 8 LOCK

posted by tommytrump at 01:25 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Tennessee by 7
Buffalo by 6
Carolina by 13
Green Bay by 7
Kansas City by 10
New England by 17
New Orleans by 14

Washington by 7
Houston by 9
L.A. Chargers by 14
Denver by 3
Dallas by 9
Pittsburgh by 17
Detroit by 3
L.A. Rams by 6
Minnesota by 3

posted by grum@work at 01:02 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

Tennessee BY 4 LOCK

Buffalo BY 6 LOCK

Cleveland BY 3

Green Bay BY 7

Kansas City BY 10 LOCK

New England BY 9

New Orleans BY 4

N.Y. Giants NY 7

Houston BY 4

L.A. Chargers BY 9 LOCK

San Francisco BY 3

Philadelphia BY 7

Pittsburgh BY 9 LOCK

Arizona BY 3

L.A. Rams BY 6

Seattle BY 4

posted by cixelsyd at 12:45 PM on December 06

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

I missed the early Sunday games and did that thing where you lock all the remaining games. It worked! Six for six with one exactamundo, Ralph Malph. This is where my climb to the championship began.

posted by rcade at 12:34 PM on December 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Why doesn't anyone want to play with Lebron anymore?

posted by BornIcon at 11:30 AM on December 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

An alternative would be the "Zeke Put Your Mama in the Christmas Kettle" Edition.

posted by beaverboard at 09:49 PM on December 05

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

Toronto by 8
L.A. Lakers by 12 <-- dunk
Boston by 16 <-- dunk
Utah by 5
Detroit by 6
Golden State by 8

posted by rcade at 07:57 PM on December 05

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

Wednesday:
Philly by 5
Lakers by 14 (slam)

Thursday:
Celtics by 11 (slam)
Utah by 6

I'll post Friday's picks later.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:51 PM on December 05

Urban Meyer to Retire

Oh god, please no. I can't handle having Schiano as the Bengals' head coach for the next 15 years.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:10 PM on December 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

In honor of the polite exchange of season's greetings between the Hooded One and a Minnesota receiver, might I suggest that the NFL Pick 'em for this week be named the 'Shut the F#*@ up, Theilen' edition.

posted by Howard_T at 03:01 PM on December 05

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

A good week for me and a good week for my Celtics this past week. Let's see if it is a resurgence or just an accident.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Starting off with one that will be telling for the Eastern Conference standings. 76ers are playing better since the acquisition of Jimmy Butler, while the Raptors, while still excellent, have shown a tiny bit of slippage. Nonetheless, Toronto is at home. Toronto by 11

I watched the Spurs get torn apart in Utah by a barrage of 3's last night. It wasn't pretty. They likely will not recover well from that. Los Angeles (purple variety) by 8

Thursday, Dec. 6

Celtics have moved up 7 spots in the NBA power rankings, but are still no better than 12th. Knicks are nowhere to be found. Oddly enough the offensive ratings (points scored per 100 possessions) of the 2 clubs are nearly equal. The difference is that Celtics are 2nd in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions), while the Knicks are 25th. I will be there to watch a win for Boston by 14 SLAM

Rockets are another team that has seemingly begun to find itself, and the Jazz last night couldn't miss. Korver so far has been a solid addition. The numbers tend toward Rockets, but I smell something here. Utah by 5

Friday, Dec. 7

On a "date that will live in infamy..." Philadelphia visits a Detroit team that has been surprisingly good this season and has improved greatly just this past week. This one could be the upset special. Detroit by 8

According to the ratings, one of these teams is 4th in the power rankings, 1st in offensive rating, 6th in defensive rating, and 1st in net rating (offensive rating minus defensive rating). The casual fan might say that the Warriors are really good this year, but those ratings actually belong to the Bucks. The Oakland restaurant is back to serving Curry, so an improvement is likely. Milwaukee by 10

posted by Howard_T at 02:55 PM on December 05

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

Toronto (Wednesday) by 7
L.A. Lakers (Wednesday) by 20 - SLAM
Boston (Thursday) by 12 - SLAM
Utah (Thursday) by 6
Detroit (Friday) by 5
Milwaukee (Friday) by 4

posted by tron7 at 02:13 PM on December 05

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

WEDNESDAY
Toronto by 9
L.A. Lakers by 14

THURSDAY
Boston by 10
Houston by 5

FRIDAY
Philadelphia by 6
Milwaukee by 7

posted by NoMich at 10:01 AM on December 05

Urban Meyer to Retire

I'm scared the Bengals are going to hire Schiano to bring some law and odor to the franchise.

posted by beaverboard at 09:55 AM on December 05

Urban Meyer to Retire

pre-emptively sequester Les Miles so OSU couldn't get their mitts on him

Been there, done that. See: Tressel, Jim

If Day can find himself a quality defensive coordinator, I see no reason why OSU should not continue to dominate the Big 10. Any offensive recruits should look at what Haskins and the collective group on the offensive side has achieved this season and realize that OSU is a program that can make the most of their talent. Defensive players can look at what Greg Schiano has done with the top-tier recruits he was given, and then give coach Saban a call.

any win that Harbaugh is ever able to manage over the Buckeyes will now have a virtual asterisk attached to it

Ha ha...yeah..

posted by tahoemoj at 04:53 PM on December 04

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

SLAM Toronto by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Wednesday)
SLAM Boston by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
Houston by 3 (Thursday)
Detroit by 5 (Friday)
Golden State by 7 (Friday)

posted by bender at 11:39 AM on December 04

Chiefs Cut Kareem Hunt After Video of Violence Against Woman

If Al Davis was alive, would he have claimed Hunt off waivers? I think so, though he might have been concerned it would tarnish the move to Vegas.

posted by rcade at 11:27 AM on December 04

Urban Meyer to Retire

Kansas is so smart. They knew this was going to happen and sent their special forces unit out in full stealth battle dress under cover of darkness to pre-emptively sequester Les Miles so OSU couldn't get their mitts on him. Miles is being held at Leavenworth, less than an hour from Lawrence.

If Ryan Day doesn't work out, OSU has a Rolodex full of former Meyer assistants who are solid HC's to offer the job to if they so desire.

I'd like to know if they did explore bringing in someone else instead of transitioning to Day.

Unfortunately, any win that Harbaugh is ever able to manage over the Buckeyes will now have a virtual asterisk attached to it.

posted by beaverboard at 10:43 AM on December 04

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