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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

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

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

posted by bender at 01:02 PM on August 09, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Ottawa by 18
Edmonton by 6
Winnipeg by 6
Saskatchewan by 10

posted by bender at 01:35 PM on July 25, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

:( Missed last week's picks while on vacation.

Calgary by 1
Winnipeg by 16
Montreal by 6
Saskatchewan by 16

posted by bender at 09:15 AM on July 18, 2019

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