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NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Tennessee by 4
LOCK San Francisco by 7 LOCK

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Derrick Henry
3. Davante Adams
4. Logan Ryan
5. Logan Ryan

posted by bender at 04:00 PM on January 18, 2020

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

I'll say, I think the Astros received a pretty steep penalty. I don't believe vacating the title would ever be on the table for MLB, and I recognize that punishing the individual players for a team practice--though warranted--would be difficult to implement. The suspensions left the Astros with tough decisions to make, and they made the prudent ones. They were going to need someone in both of those positions for this season, which has not yet even started. They would not get good/qualified outside interest if it is for one year only while they wait out the suspensions, so either they temporarily promote from within or they take some placeholder for an entire season--or they fire them and look to hire for longer term.

The other side of this is that there is likely some amount of other cheating going on that is either not known or not public. I don't think that every team is cheating, but I bet that others are doing similar things, and MLB may even have some other evidence. They are trying to walk the line of being heavy-handed enough to discourage future cheating without locking themselves into such a harsh penalty that would cripple the league if they had to hand it down to multiple teams at the same time.

posted by bender at 12:18 PM on January 14, 2020

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Divisional Round

Minnesota by 6
Tennessee by 2
LOCK Kansas City by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 7

1. Patrick Mahomes
2. Derrick Henry
3. Tyreek Hill
4. Za'Darius Smith
5. Kansas City

posted by bender at 12:39 PM on January 11, 2020

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

Buffalo by 3
Tennessee by 2
New Orleans by 4
Seattle by 7

1. Drew Brees (Saints)
2. Derrick Henry (Titans)
3. Julian Edelman (Patriots)
4. KJ Wright (Seahawks)
5. New Orleans

posted by bender at 11:08 AM on January 04, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I understand that there was no year 0, and the 1st decade started with year 1, just like the 1st century and the 1st millennium. In the same way, the 21st century started in 2001, the 203rd decade would start in 2021. HOWEVER, a decade can be any set of 10 years, and since no one says "203rd decade," the 2020s start in 2020, because 2020 fits the pattern of years that end with twenty-something.

So in closing, a decade started today, and a decade will also start a year from now. Thanks for coming to my TED talk.

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on January 01, 2020

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: Crunch Time Edition

LOCK Buffalo by 8 LOCK
Cleveland by 3
LOCK Green Bay by 8 LOCK
LOCK Kansas City by 12 LOCK
LOCK Minnesota by 13 LOCK
LOCK New England by 18 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 9 LOCK
LOCK Dallas by 5 LOCK

Denver by 4
LOCK L.A. Rams by 14 LOCK
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK

Indianapolis by 2
LOCK Baltimore by 13 LOCK
LOCK Tennessee by 6 LOCK

Seattle by 5

posted by bender at 11:31 PM on December 27, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Another Fine Mess in Jacksonville Edition

Tampa Bay by 2
New England by 7
San Francisco by 3
LOCK Atlanta by 9 LOCK
LOCK Baltimore by 17 LOCK

New Orleans by 3
LOCK Indianapolis by 10 LOCK
Miami by 4
N.Y. Jets by 3
Washington by 3
Detroit by 4
L.A. Chargers by 6
LOCK Philadelphia by 8 LOCK
LOCK Seattle by 14 LOCK

Chicago by 5
Green Bay by 4

posted by bender at 10:54 PM on December 20, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: NFC Least Edition

LOCK Baltimore by 17 LOCK
LOCK New England by 18 LOCK

Detroit by 3
Chicago by 3
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Kansas City by 10 LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 2
Philadelphia by 5
Seattle by 6
Oakland by 1
Arizona by 2
Minnesota by 7
L.A. Rams by 10
LOCK San Francisco by 14 LOCK
Buffalo by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 12 LOCK

posted by bender at 04:07 PM on December 12, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Color Analyst Tim Ryan Edition

Chicago by 5
LOCK Atlanta by 8 LOCK
Buffalo by 2
Cleveland by 2
LOCK Green Bay by 8 LOCK
LOCK Minnesota by 11 LOCK

New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Jets by 6
Tampa Bay by 3
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
Jacksonville by 4
Tennessee by 5
New England by 3
Arizona by 1
L.A. Rams by 4
LOCK Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

posted by bender at 09:56 AM on December 05, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: Offensive Rams Edition

LOCK Chicago by 14 LOCK
Buffalo by 4
New Orleans by 8

LOCK N.Y. Jets by 10 LOCK
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Philadelphia by 17 LOCK
Green Bay by 5
Pittsburgh by 1
Carolina by 2
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 4
LOCK L.A. Rams by 15 LOCK
Denver by 3
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
New England by 3
Seattle by 7

posted by bender at 11:13 AM on December 01, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: Offensive Rams Edition

LOCK Chicago by 14 LOCK
Buffalo by 4
New Orleans by 8

posted by bender at 10:07 AM on November 28, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Winnipeg by 8
Andrew Harris
Over
647

posted by bender at 06:02 PM on November 21, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Baltimore is Pretty Good Edition

Indianapolis by 5
Atlanta by 7
LOCK Buffalo by 14 LOCK
Lock Chicago by 7 LOCK
LOCK Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK

Cleveland by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 17 LOCK
LOCK N.Y. Jets by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 3
LOCK Detroit by 10 LOCK
LOCK Tennessee by 7 LOCK
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK

San Francisco by 3
Baltimore by 3

posted by bender at 05:58 PM on November 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Narrator: In the end, he did just that.

I guess what I meant was, is there a reason that he didn't do that before?

posted by bender at 11:34 AM on November 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Kaepernick's NFL workout sounds like a scam and a setup.

I don't disagree with that assessment, but is there a reason that Kaepernick couldn't set up his own workout on amenable terms?

posted by bender at 07:49 PM on November 17, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Miami 2-Game Winning Streak Edition

Cleveland by 2
Detroit by 7
LOCK Indianapolis by 7 LOCK
Buffalo by 3
LOCK Minnesota by 10 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 3
N.Y. Jets by 4
Atlanta by 5
LOCK Baltimore by 9 LOCK
LOCK San Francisco by 17 LOCK

Oakland by 4
New England by 3
L.A. Rams by 6
L.A. Chargers by 2

posted by bender at 12:28 PM on November 15, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Hamilton by 18
Winnipeg by 12
Zach Collaros
Hamilton

posted by bender at 12:25 PM on November 15, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Miami 2-Game Winning Streak Edition

Cleveland by 2

posted by bender at 05:04 PM on November 14, 2019

Houston Astros accused of electronically stealing signs in 2017

I feel like what will be telling about this will be how much reaction we get out of other players and teams. If there's a lot of outrage, that may or may not tell us anything, but if there's not a whole lot of hand-wringing, that may be an indication that the Astros have been caught doing something that a lot of teams are doing in some variety of form.

That is not a defense of the Astros, but I am definitely interested to know how much of this sort of thing is going on.

posted by bender at 03:38 PM on November 13, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton by 7
Calgary by 6
Sean Whyte (Edmonton)
Over

posted by bender at 09:18 AM on November 08, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oakland by 3
Chicago by 3
LOCK Baltimore by 14 LOCK
LOCK Buffalo by 10 LOCK

Kansas City by 7
New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Jets by 3
LOCK Tampa Bay by 14 LOCK
LOCK Indianapolis by 10 LOCK

Green Bay by 4
L.A. Rams by 7
LOCK Dallas by 10 LOCK
LOCK San Francisco by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 11:42 AM on November 07, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

LOCK San Francisco by 37 LOCK
Houston by 7
LOCK Buffalo by 7 LOCK
Kansas City by 7
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 3
Indianapolis by 4
Tennessee by 4
LOCK Detroit by 10 LOCK
LOCK Seattle by 8 LOCK

Denver by 3
Green Bay by 7
Baltimore by 3
LOCK Dallas by 10 LOCK

posted by bender at 07:28 PM on November 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Montreal by 10
Saskatchewan by 11
Hamilton by 1
Calgary by 3

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on November 01, 2019

The Montreal Expos, er, Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

The sound of the home run hitting the foul pole will haunt Astros fans for a long time.

Fo sho. I also wonder how Astros fans feel about Cole loose in the bullpen for that entire stretch but never tapped to come onto the field.

Greinke was incredible last night. We can only imagine what might have been if Hinch had let him try to fight through the 7th--but pulling him certainly wasn't a ridiculous move at the time. As a fan of Washington, however, I'll take it!

posted by bender at 01:14 PM on October 31, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Here, the interference is with the receiving glove and not the thrown ball.

I understand that, but considering that it was on his last stride to reach the base, I think this interference happens even if he is running outside of the base line. I think they got the call right, but I just don't like that rule (which I was admittedly previously unfamiliar with). Perhaps more to the point, I wonder how many players understand that they are supposed to run outside of the foul line. Of course, ignorance of the law is not a defense.

I also forgot to mention earlier, with regard to Howard_T's post, about the length of the delay. My understanding--despite the affirmation of the Out call afterward--is that the review was not actually a review of the play. The Nationals were told that the play could not be reviewed and were then trying to place a protest. The review was to determine if the protest would be allowed, which it was not.

posted by bender at 04:09 PM on October 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I thought the interference call was ridiculous when it happened. Harold Reynolds' explanation on MLB Network after the game, though, was fairly reasoned for how the call was correct by the letter of the law. That said, (1) I don't think this call is being made a lot of the time, and I don't think it's absence would have been noticed if it wasn't called, and (2) when Turner is hit while he is stepping on the base, it is hard to argue that he should have been anywhere other than where he was at that moment. A technicality let the Astros off the hook for a bad throw (or an intentionally "bad" throw) on a play they weren't going to make anyway.

Also, (3) why does the rule require runners on base to return to where they were? Considering that there is no need for tagging up, even if the batter is ruled out, it seems perfectly reasonable to allow the runners to advance one base (assuming the interference out doesn't end the inning) and then call the play dead on interference.

posted by bender at 03:00 PM on October 30, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Game 7 tonight in a series with 0 wins by the home team! That's ridiculous!

posted by bender at 11:41 AM on October 30, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

LOCK San Francisco by 37 LOCK

posted by bender at 11:40 AM on October 30, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Calgary by 12
Montreal by 1
Toronto by 4
Saskatchewan by 10

posted by bender at 10:03 AM on October 25, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Seeing Ghosts Edition

LOCK Minnesota by 17 LOCK
Atlanta by 7
Philadelphia by 7
LOCK Chicago by 12 LOCK
LOCK Detroit by 10 LOCK

Tennessee by 3
LOCK Indianapolis by 14 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Rams by 21 LOCK

New Orleans by 5
LOCK Jacksonville by 10 LOCK
LOCK San Francisco by 10 LOCK
LOCK New England by 18 LOCK

Houston by 7
Kansas City by 7
LOCK Pittsburgh by 10 LOCK

posted by bender at 04:32 PM on October 24, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 8: Seeing Ghosts Edition

LOCK Minnesota by 17 LOCK

posted by bender at 09:49 AM on October 24, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters

Traded for, giving up a pretty good reliever in the process.

Does that make a difference?

posted by bender at 09:38 AM on October 23, 2019

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters

Agreed. I may have initially veered toward the wrong conclusion after reading whichever headline I saw or heard this morning, but after reading the SI piece shortly thereafter, it was clear that this guy was making an effort to be a dick. And that's separate, even, from whether or not Houston should have been interested in signing Osuna in the first place.

posted by bender at 01:12 AM on October 23, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Looks like I did, too.

posted by bender at 11:20 AM on October 21, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition

Kansas City by 5
L.A. Rams by 7
LOCK Buffalo by 9 LOCK
Jacksonville by 3
Detroit by 3
LOCK Green Bay by 7 LOCK
Houston by 7
N.Y. Giants by 6
San Francisco by 7
L.A. Chargers by 3
New Orleans by 7
Baltimore by 3
Dallas by 7
LOCK New England by 12 LOCK

posted by bender at 06:30 PM on October 17, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition

Kansas City by 5

posted by bender at 03:08 PM on October 17, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jayson Werth was on the field last night after the game:

posted by bender at 04:15 PM on October 16, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This Nats fan isn't really down for the piling on of Bryce Harper that a lot of folks around here can't get enough of. However, this birthday's gotta sting quite a bit. He could have been spraying champagne around the locker room when the clock struck midnight.

posted by bender at 02:35 PM on October 16, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It is ridiculous that we ever learned his name.

posted by bender at 01:35 PM on October 15, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 6
Saskatchewan by 6
Winnipeg by 10
Edmonton by 8

posted by bender at 01:47 PM on October 10, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: One Less Gruden Edition

LOCK New England by 17 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 7
Cleveland by 3
LOCK Kansas City by 18 LOCK
Miami by 7
Philadelphia by 4
New Orleans by 4
LOCK Baltimore by 13 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Rams by 14 LOCK
Atlanta by 3
Denver by 4
Dallas by 7
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 6

posted by bender at 01:43 PM on October 10, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Edmonton by 7
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 7
B.C. by 7

posted by bender at 09:28 AM on October 04, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: 902 Passing Yards Edition

L.A. Rams by 7
Arizona by 3
Tennessee by 3
Chicago by 5
LOCK New Orleans by 14 LOCK
Minnesota by 8
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK
Baltimore by 10
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK
Carolina by 4
Houston by 6
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 12 LOCK
Dallas by 5
LOCK Kansas City by 19 LOCK
San Francisco by 3

posted by bender at 02:29 AM on October 03, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Season suspension sounds like a reasonable penalty. I wouldn't complain if it was longer.

posted by bender at 04:28 PM on September 30, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Winnipeg by 12
Ottawa by 10
Saskatchewan by 6
B.C. by 10

posted by bender at 08:45 AM on September 27, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

grum and jjzucal, hedging your bets by taking the Chargers in both halves of the rare NFL doubleheader?

Green Bay by 6
LOCK Atlanta by 14 LOCK
New England by 7
LOCK Kansas City by 17 LOCK
Indianapolis by 3
L.A. Chargers by 4
LOCK N.Y. Giants by 8 LOCK
Baltimore by 7
Houston by 4
LOCK L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK
Seattle by 3
Chicago by 7
Lock Denver by 9 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
Pittsburgh by 2

posted by bender at 11:48 PM on September 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Three consecutive pitches from Stephen Strasburg yesterday:

posted by bender at 11:48 AM on September 22, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Calgary by 15
Edmonton by 14
Winnipeg by 1
Ottawa by 4

posted by bender at 03:49 PM on September 20, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Quarterback Blues Edition

Tennessee by 3

posted by bender at 07:59 PM on September 19, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Broken Clavicle Edition

LOCK Carolina by 12 LOCK
San Francisco by 3
Detroit by 3
Minnesota by 7
Tennessee by 6
LOCK New England by 24 LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 4
Pittsburgh by 7
Dallas by 5
LOCK Baltimore by 12 LOCK
LOCK Houston by 8 LOCK
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Chicago by 4
L.A. Rams by 7
LOCK Atlanta by 10 LOCK
Cleveland by 3

posted by bender at 07:11 PM on September 12, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Ottawa by 14
Hamilton by 16
Saskatchewan by 1

posted by bender at 07:07 PM on September 12, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Broken Clavicle Edition

LOCK Carolina by 12 LOCK

posted by bender at 09:07 AM on September 11, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

B.C. by 4
Ottawa by 12
Saskatchewan by 10
Calgary by 5

posted by bender at 03:19 PM on September 06, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Chicago by 3
L.A. Rams by 4
Philadelphia by 2
N.Y. Jets by 2
LOCK Minnesota by 7 LOCK
Miami by 4
LOCK Kansas City by 10 LOCK
Tennessee by 3
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 14 LOCK
LOCK Seattle by 10 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 4
N.Y. Giants by 5
LOCK Arizona by 8 LOCK
New England by 7
LOCK New Orleans by 13 LOCK
Oakland by 3

posted by bender at 04:35 PM on September 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That is fabulous!

posted by bender at 10:33 AM on September 04, 2019

CFL Pick ‘Em, Week Twelve

Saskatchewan by 8
Toronto by 10
Calgary by 1

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 4
Saskatchewan by 12
B.C. by 19
Montreal by 6

posted by bender at 10:58 AM on August 22, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sidenote: One of those five games was a 2-1 Nats win.

posted by bender at 02:28 PM on August 20, 2019

How Much Does Jack White Love Baseball?

Answer: Enough to see the first three innings of Nats/Brewers, play a concert with The Raconteurs, find out the game's still going on afterwards and be back in the seats by the 14th inning.

That Nats-Brewers game was wild, too! I wasn't even all that disappointed that the Nats lost.

posted by bender at 10:33 AM on August 19, 2019

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, 2019