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Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

Before I would be willing to consider whether this result is misogynistic or not, I would like to know if the results are different if the question is "Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Novak Djokovic?" or even "Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off a grand-slam champion tennis player?" My hunch is that a handful of responders did similar calculations to what rcade outlined up top and decided a fluke point is possible, and they would do the same calculation regardless of the name at the end of the question. That said, wouldn't it be amusing to talk to the guy who understands he has no chance against Djokovic but thinks he could take (a point from) Williams?

posted by bender at 11:40 AM on July 15, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

+2

posted by bender at 04:54 AM on July 06, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Out of the country, missed a few games:

B.C. by 6
Saskatchewan by 5

posted by bender at 04:51 AM on July 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That was as impressive a game by England today as I've seen so far in this tournament. That team can definitely do some more damage.

posted by bender at 10:37 PM on June 27, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Winnipeg by 1
Hamilton by 4
B.C. by 7
Saskatchewan by 15

posted by bender at 02:24 PM on June 26, 2019

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It

Rcade, I agree on all counts. I'm for it, but I don't want to work out the kinks at the World Cup.

posted by bender at 04:46 PM on June 24, 2019

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It

I was noting to friends I was watching Brazil-France with yesterday, right after the VAR review that ultimately disallowed Gauvin's goal in the first half, that there has been a lot of disagreement between Unkel and the final VAR decisions. Maybe the matches I've watched have or have not been a representative sample, but I feel like in more than half of the VAR reviews I've seen, Unkel's interpretation was subsequently contradicted by the ref's decision.

Though I think I generally agree with the conclusion of this piece: "When the freakin' rules analyst can't even look at the same replays the ref is looking at and come to the same conclusions as her, it should be crystal clear just how impossible it is for VAR to do its job." There are clearly different interpretations of what constitutes a clear and egregious mistake that needs correction, and some work is also necessary to streamline the VAR decision process.

posted by bender at 04:45 PM on June 24, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Saskatchewan by 11
Edmonton by 2
Hamilton by 12

posted by bender at 06:19 PM on June 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

During a game last week, the Nats' tv guys were debating, "Would you rather have a lineup of speedsters or power hitters?" I lean toward the speedsters, mostly for the reasons that Howard_T just outlined as well as the presumption that the fast guys tend to be worth a bit more in the field as well.

posted by bender at 03:29 PM on June 18, 2019

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hamilton by 2
Montreal by 1
Ottawa by 16
B.C. by 11

posted by bender at 10:20 AM on June 12, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You guys are alright.

posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yes! (?)

posted by bender at 02:12 PM on June 03, 2019

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

My picks:

Warriors in 4
Top point scorer: Stephen Curry
Top rebounder: Draymond Green
Game 1 winner: Warriors
Most points single game: Warriors


Series MVP: Stephen Curry
Most technical fouls: Draymond Green
First Durant game: Game 3
Winning team points last game: 117

posted by bender at 06:27 PM on May 30, 2019

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

My picks:

Blues in 6
Top goals: Brad Marchand
Top assists: Colton Parayko
Top goalie (save %): Jordan Binnington
Conn Smythe winner: Jordan Binnington
Top penalty minutes: Patrice Bergeron
Game 1 winner: Bruins
Team giving up 0 goals: Bruins

Tiebreaker: 29

posted by bender at 02:32 PM on May 27, 2019

UEFA's messing up

Ok, that was funny. At least on Southwest, you can still (usually) sit with your family, you just don't know where yet. A GA policy for the WWC tickets would be preferable to what they've described here.

posted by bender at 10:02 AM on May 24, 2019

UEFA's messing up

Absolutely. And in what universe can this be considered an acceptable policy? "When you placed your order, a message indicating not all seats would be located next to each other did appear, before confirmation of your purchase. Unfortunately we will not be able to modify your order."

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on May 23, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Warriors in 7
Bucks in 6
Top point scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Top rebounder: Draymond Green
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Bucks

posted by bender at 01:04 PM on May 14, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Bruins in 6
Sharks in 7
Top goal scorer: Logan Couture
Top goalie (save %): Curtis McElhinney
Team scoring 6: Sharks
Team with shutout: Hurricanes

posted by bender at 01:03 PM on May 09, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Raptors in 6
Bucks in 5
Warriors in 4
Spurs/Nuggets in 7
Top point scorer: Curry
Top rebounder: Harden
Top scoring team: Bucks
Team scoring 130: Bucks

posted by bender at 06:15 PM on April 27, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Blue Jackets in 6
Stars in 7
Islanders in 4
Sharks in 7
Top goal scorer: Mikko Rantanen (Colorado)
Top goalie (save %): Robin Lehner
Team scoring 6: Stars
Team with shutout: Blue Jackets

posted by bender at 04:00 PM on April 25, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Nets in 6
Raptors in 5
Warriors in 4
Nuggets in 5
Celtics in 7
Trail Blazers in 7
Bucks in 5
Jazz in 6
Top point scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
Top rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Warriors

posted by bender at 01:42 AM on April 13, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Predators in 4
Jets in 6
Flames in 5
Golden Knights in 6
Lightning in 4
Maple Leafs in 7
Capitals in 5
Penguins in 6
Top goal scorer: Ovechkin
Top goalie (save %): Pekka Rinne
Team scoring 6: Golden Knights
Team with shutout: Washington

posted by bender at 01:43 AM on April 10, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Final Week: All the Marbles Edition

SLAM Oklahoma City (Tuesday) by 7 SLAM
Denver (Tuesday) by 4
Milwaukee (Thursday) by 3
SLAM Golden State (Thursday) by 8 SLAM
SLAM Indiana (Friday) by 5 SLAM
SLAM Denver (Friday) by 6 SLAM
SLAM Minnesota (Sunday) by 12 SLAM

Washington (Tuesday) by 4
Houston (Tuesday) by 5
Charlotte (Wednesday) by 5
SLAM Denver (Wednesday) by 17 SLAM

posted by bender at 02:28 PM on April 02, 2019

Steph Curry Taunts Refs, Then Dodgy Call Gives Warriors a Loss

Curry did enough to get a technical after tying the game.

Agreed. I understand why the Warriors were upset about the non-shooting foul that preceded that turn of events, but taunting the ref after making a shot is ridiculous. I would have liked to see a technical foul called there, and while I think you're right that most refs wouldn't call it in that situation, I don't actually think it would have been a particularly controversial call.

posted by bender at 03:37 PM on March 31, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Second-to-Last Week: LeBron's New Normal Edition

Oklahoma City (Wednesday) by 5
SLAM Utah (Wednesday) by 12 SLAM
Denver (Thursday) by 3
Boston by 6
SLAM Philadelphia (Saturday) by 9 SLAM
SLAM Golden State (Sunday) by 17 SLAM

posted by bender at 01:51 PM on March 27, 2019

NFL May Make Pass Interference a Replay Challenge

Laser tracking would work much better...

Fair enough. As long as we agree that this task can be better performed by our robot overlords, I'm not picky about which technology it is. While we're at it, can we project the first down line onto the grass so that people in the stadium can see it, too?

posted by bender at 11:54 PM on March 24, 2019

NFL May Make Pass Interference a Replay Challenge

I think I agree with everything with Howard posted, starting with booth review. I see no reason why the on-field referee has to be the one to do it, and it seems we could move quite a bit faster if someone else (whether in "the booth" or in some central location) could do that.

But regarding the review process, I think they should limit the review to a couple of looks at each camera angle. If the play is so close that it has be be viewed 15 times, frame-by-frame, then whatever call was made on the field is good enough.

And lastly--and not completely related to this discussion--why haven't we put GPS in the ball yet? Surely we have the technology to be able to determine exactly where the ball is on the field at any time. It is ridiculous that we use the chains to measure precisely 10 yards from a spot to determine if a first down was achieved, but the location of both that original spot and the final placement of the ball were established far less precisely by officials trying to decide visually--possibly from several yards away and at oblique angles to the yardage markers--where it should be. I'm imagining some sort of ear piece that beeps when the ball is over the correct position.

posted by bender at 04:01 PM on March 24, 2019

US women's national team take legal action over discrimination

Absolutely. USSoccer is long overdue on rectifying this.

posted by bender at 08:50 PM on March 10, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Knicks Win Knicks Win Edition

SLAM Philadelphia by 6 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM Denver by 6 (Wednesday) SLAM
Milwaukee by 6 (Thursday)
Oklahoma City by 2 (Thursday)
SLAM Houston by 8 (Friday) SLAM
Golden State by 5 (Friday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Saturday)
Philadelphia by 6 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 02:53 PM on March 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

But did his chances of making a World Series go up or down by leaving the Nats for the Phils?

I think both teams have made moves this offseason to improve their position. I think I like where the Nats sit vs. the Phillies due to pitching and young players like Soto and Turner (thus, no to your question), but I wouldn't say he took himself out of contention. I am wondering if the pressure that he has put on himself due to the spectacle of this offseason will be a motivator or a detriment.

posted by bender at 09:12 AM on March 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The majority of Nats fans I know (including myself) are disappointed that he is leaving--though we made peace with that a few months ago--mostly because we liked his personality and his highlight moments, but we are generally feeling pretty good about the future without him.

posted by bender at 02:11 PM on March 03, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: He Blew Through His Shoe Edition

SLAM Toronto by 12 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Oklahoma City by 8 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 11 (Saturday) SLAM
L.A. Clippers by 5 (Sunday)
New York by 5 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 03:41 PM on February 22, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I can dig it.

posted by bender at 05:25 PM on February 17, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Prohibited Expression of Interest Edition

Philadelphia by 4 (Tuesday)
SLAM Golden State by 14 (Tuesday) SLAM
Houston by 3 (Wednesday)
Golden State by 2 (Wednesday)
SLAM New Orleans by 5 (Thursday) SLAM

posted by bender at 01:59 PM on February 12, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Thank You For Trading Dennis Edition

SLAM Philadelphia by 6 (Friday) SLAM
Minnesota by 5 (Friday)
Oklahoma City by 3 (Saturday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Sunday)
SLAM Golden State by 10 (Sunday) SLAM
Dallas by 5 (Monday)

posted by bender at 12:54 PM on February 07, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Super Bowl 0x35 Edition

LOCK Patriots 24-34 Rams LOCK

FIRST FG: Greg Zuerlein (LA)
FIRST TD: Julian Edelman (NE)
PASSING: Tom Brady (NE) +5
RUSHING: Todd Gurley (LA)
RECEIVING: Julian Edelman (NE) +5
SACK: Trey Flowers (NE)
INTERCEPTION: Aqib Talib (LA)
OOPS: Tom Brady (NE) +5
MVP: Todd Gurley (LA)
ADS: Doritos
TOTAL SCORE: 58

posted by bender at 04:16 PM on February 03, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Don't Trade Dennis Edition

SLAM Washington by 8 (Wednesday) SLAM
Portland by 4 (Wednesday)
SLAM Toronto by 11 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 15 (Thursday) SLAM

Boston by 3 (Friday)
Houston by 5 (Friday)
Golden State by 7 (Saturday)
Oklahoma City by 6 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 03:40 PM on January 29, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Harden in the Garden Edition

Toronto by 7 (Friday)
Golden State by 5 (Saturday)
Oklahoma City by 3 (Sunday)
SLAM Golden State by 12 (Monday) SLAM
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 9 (Monday) SLAM

posted by bender at 10:12 PM on January 24, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Conference Championship Round

LOCK New Orleans by 10 LOCK
Kansas City by 3

Passing Yards - Drew Brees
Rushing Yards - Sony Michel
Receiving Yards - Michael Thomas
Points - New Orleans
Sack - Trey Flowers

posted by bender at 11:35 AM on January 20, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: I Have a Hoop Dream Edition

Well, the dates mixup potentially cost me points for the first two games because it looked like they had already passed when I came to make my picks so I didn't pick them, but I wouldn't say anything can be done about that.

Indiana by 4 (Thursday)
SLAM Oklahoma City by 12 (Thursday) SLAM
San Antonio by 2 on ESPN (Friday)
L.A. Clippers by 5 (Friday)
Philadelphia by 5 (Saturday)
SLAM Houston by 8 (Saturday) SLAM
New Orleans by 7 (Monday)
Philadelphia by 5 (Monday)
Golden State by 5 (Monday)

posted by bender at 01:21 PM on January 16, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Divisional Round

Kansas City by 7
LOCK L.A. Rams by 7 LOCK
L.A. Chargers by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 10 LOCK

Drew Brees
Ezekiel Elliott
Michael Thomas
Patrick Mahomes
New Orleans

posted by bender at 03:31 PM on January 12, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Tank for Zion Edition

Indiana by 6 (Thursday)
SLAM New Orleans by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Oklahoma City by 8 (Friday) SLAM

L.A. Lakers by 7 (Saturday)

posted by bender at 02:43 PM on January 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Here's the video of the Kentucky goaltending on the free throw.

Now, I watched that SBNation goaltending video yesterday, and I assumed that Georgia still had men on the lane. I don't actually see where Kentucky thought they were gaining an advantage by goaltending. It's plausible that they didn't know there would be a technical foul and additional free throw, the SBNation gave the impression that they understood this rule as written. As such, I would think that picking up the free throw rebound and heaving a 3/4-court shot has better odds than UGA missing both technical free throws and then UK executing a slightly closer buzzer-beater.

posted by bender at 12:55 PM on January 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I stumbled across this video series that SBNation put together and it is fantastic.

It's a collection of short (~5 minutes) videos where two people discuss Weird Rules in sports. Why do they exist? Have they been broken? What are the unintended consequences?

That is definitely fpp material, right there grum. No need to bury it in a daily huddle

I watched several of those yesterday evening, and they were quite fun!

posted by bender at 08:45 AM on January 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think the final call was correct (down by contact short of the end zone). He was obviously tripped, and the moment his arm made contact with the ground he still had recognizable control of the football.

One of the closer replays showed that the ball was dislodged as he tripped. He may have regained it as he fell, but since it had come loose, losing it as he hit the ground would make it fumble.

posted by bender at 08:43 AM on January 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Speaking of bad calls, the refs even got this one right on the field before they took a second look and screwed it up:

posted by bender at 02:59 PM on January 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I agree with all of NoMich's comments.

posted by bender at 11:35 AM on January 05, 2019

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

Indianapolis 20-27 Houston LOCK
Seattle 12-21 Dallas LOCK
L.A. Chargers 24-16 Baltimore
Philadelphia 22-20 Chicago

Passing: Andrew Luck
Rushing: Ezekiel Elliott
Receiving: T.Y. Hilton
Interception: Andre Hal
Points: Houston

posted by bender at 11:28 AM on January 05, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Russell Westbrick Edition

Boston by 5 (Wednesday)
L.A. Lakers by 3 (Wednesday)
Toronto by 4 (Thursday)
SLAM Golden State by 9 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Boston by 11 (Friday) SLAM

Oklahoma City by 5 (Friday)

posted by bender at 02:01 PM on January 02, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

Miami by 4
Detroit by 3
LOCK New England by 12 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 17 LOCK
LOCK Dallas by 8 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 5
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 12 LOCK

Kansas City by 5
LOCK L.A. Rams by 7 LOCK
Chicago by 3
Cincinnati by 3
Seattle by 3
Philadelphia by 5
LOCK Baltimore by 7 LOCK
Tennessee by 2

posted by bender at 09:18 PM on December 28, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Happy Hoopmas Edition

I guess I missed the Tuesday games. Here's the rest:

Houston by 4 (Thursday)
SLAM Philadelphia by 11 (Thursday) SLAM

posted by bender at 09:55 AM on December 26, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Ask Me About My Fantasy Team Edition

LOCK LA Chargers by 7 LOCK
Cleveland by 3
Dallas by 3
Minnesota by 3
Indianapolis by 4
Miami by 3
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK
N.Y. Jets by 6
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
LOCK Atlanta by 10 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Rams by 21 LOCK

Chicago by 6
New Orleans by 4
Kansas City by 7
Oakland by 3

posted by bender at 02:12 AM on December 23, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Ask Me About My Fantasy Team Edition

LOCK LA Chargers by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 06:19 PM on December 22, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: Close to Vlade Edition

WINNER!

Sacramento by 4 (Wednesday)
Houston by 5 (Thursday)
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
Milwaukee by 3 (Friday)
L.A. Lakers by 5 (Friday)
Philadelphia by 7 (Saturday)

posted by bender at 03:04 PM on December 18, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: So Dumb He Punched a Helmet Edition

LOCK New Orleans by 14 LOCK
Atlanta by 4
Cincinnati by 3
LOCK L.A. Rams by 21 LOCK
LOCK Green Bay by 12 LOCK
Miami by 7
LOCK Chicago by 13 LOCK
Carolina by 3
Indianapolis by 7
LOCK Houston by 18 LOCK
Tennessee by 6
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
LOCK New England by 10 LOCK
LOCK Seattle by 10 LOCK
L.A. Chargers by 4
Philadelphia by 4

posted by bender at 03:58 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: Dončič Means 'Nowitzki' in German

Would it be possible to get the post the day before games start for the week? I don't know where to find which games it's going to be, so there's often a small window for seeing the post and making picks in time.

Toronto by 5 (Thursday)
L.A. Clippers by 4 (Thursday)
San Antonio by 5 (Friday)
SLAM Portland by 9 (Friday) SLAM

posted by bender at 03:53 PM on November 29, 2018